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Rachel Griffiths Biography

Birth Name:
Rachel Anne Griffiths
Birth Place:
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Profession
Actor, director, screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • After being rejected by Australia's prestigious National Institute for Dramatic Arts, joined a traveling theater company called the Woolly Jumpers
  • Made her big-screen debut with an acclaimed performance in the 1994 comedy Muriel's Wedding
  • Went topless to protest the opening of an Australian casino in 1997
  • For her 2002 wedding to artist Andrew Taylor, asked guests to forgo gifts and instead make donations to the Sacred Heart Mission in St Kilda, Australia
  • Wrote and directed the short films Tulip (1998) and Roundabout (2002)
  • Series-regular roles include Brenda Chenowith on Six Feet Under and Sarah Whedon on Brothers & Sisters, both of which earned her Emmy and Golden Globe notices

Awards

  • 2016AACTA Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2016IFTA Film & Drama Awards-Best International Actress: nominated
  • 2009Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2009Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2008Australian Film Institute Awards-International Award for Best Actress: nominated
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2007Australian Film Institute Awards-International Award for Best Actress: nominated
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2006Australian Film Institute Awards-International Award for Best Actress: winner
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2002Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2002Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2002Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Short Fiction Film: nominated
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2000Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1998Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1998Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1994Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: winner

Relationships

  • Ben Griffiths -- Brother
  • Sam Griffiths -- Brother
  • Adelaide Rose Taylor -- Daughter
  • Clementine Grace Taylor -- Daughter
  • Edward Griffiths -- Father
  • Andrew Taylor -- Husband
  • Anna Griffiths -- Mother
  • Banjo Patrick Taylor -- Son