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Frances O'Connor Biography

Birth Place:
Wantage, Oxfordshire, England
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Raised in a devout Roman Catholic household, along with four siblings
  • Her father is a nuclear physicist ; her mother is a pianist
  • Born in England, but grew up in Australia after moving there at age 2
  • After college, spent a year in Japan, teaching English, modeling and traveling
  • Attended Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts at the same time as Hugh Jackman
  • First received attention in the Australian films Love and Other Catastrophes (1996) and Kiss or Kill (1997)
  • Was cast in A
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  • Artificial Intelligence (2001) after Steven Spielberg saw her performance as Fanny Price in the 1999 film adaptation of Mansfield Park
  • First role after the birth of her son Luka was as T
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  • Eliot's troubled first wife in a 2006 London revival of play Tom & Viv

Awards

  • 2015Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2011AACTA Awards-Best Lead Actress: nominated
  • 2009Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Lead Actress: winner
  • 2005Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Lead Actress: nominated
  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2001American Film Institute-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 1997Montréal World Film Festival-Best Actress: winner
  • 1997Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1996Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1995Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama: nominated

Relationships