Emily Browning

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Emily Browning
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Browning in 2011
BornEmily Jane Browning
(1988-12-07) 7 December 1988 (age 25)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
OccupationActress, model, singer
Years active1998–present
ParentsAndrew Browning
Shelley Browning
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Emily Browning
Emily Browning (Cropped).jpg
Browning in 2011
BornEmily Jane Browning
(1988-12-07) 7 December 1988 (age 25)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
OccupationActress, model, singer
Years active1998–present
ParentsAndrew Browning
Shelley Browning

Emily Jane Browning[1] (born 7 December 1988)[1] is an Australian film actress, singer and fashion model. After early roles in Ghost Ship and Ned Kelly, she won the 2005 AFI International Award for Best Actress for her breakthrough role as Violet Baudelaire in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. She has starred in lead roles in the horror film, The Uninvited (2009), the action film Sucker Punch (2011) and the independent film Sleeping Beauty (2011).

Early life[edit]

Browning was born in Melbourne, the daughter of Andrew and Shelley Browning, and has two younger brothers (Nicholas and Matthew).[1][2]

She took a break from acting in order to complete her education at Eltham High School, where, in November 2006, she concluded her Victorian Certificate of Education exams.[3]


Her debut acting role was in the 1998 Hallmark Channel movie The Echo of Thunder.[4] Additional roles in Australian film and television productions soon followed, including recurring roles in the television series Blue Heelers from 2000 to 2002, and Something in the Air from 2000 to 2001.

In 2001, Browning appeared as the daughter of a character played by Billy Connolly in The Man Who Sued God. She made her American film debut in 2002's Ghost Ship, and won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Young Actress, the same year.[5] In 2003, she appeared opposite Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom in 2003's Ned Kelly, and then reunited with Connolly the following year in the film adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, in which she played Violet Baudelaire.

In 2006, Browning appeared in the music video for Evermore's "Light Surrounding You". In the behind-the-scenes video for the clip, the band stated, "[We] suck as actors, so we decided to get Emily."[6] She attended the L'Oreal Fashion Festival as a festival ambassador on 1 February 2007.[7]

Browning played the lead role in the 2009 horror film The Uninvited, an American remake of the 2003 South Korean film A Tale of Two Sisters, co-starring against Elizabeth Banks and Arielle Kebbel. She then turned down a request to audition for the role of Bella Swan in Twilight, citing exhaustion, despite an endorsement from series author Stephenie Meyer.[8][9] In 2009, she was cast as Babydoll in Zack Snyder's action film Sucker Punch, as a replacement for Amanda Seyfried, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.[10] Filming took place in Vancouver from September 2009 to January 2010,[11] and the film was released on 25 March 2011.[12] In an interview at Comic Con[disambiguation needed], she confirmed that she would be singing in the film, while claiming that her audition tape brought tears to her casting agent's eyes and the song she selected ("Killing Me Softly") was one of Zack Snyder's wife Deborah's favourites, which Browning referred to as the "selling point" on her being cast in the role.[13]

Since Sucker Punch, Browning has worked steadily in film on a number of moderately high profile projects and won a number of highly sought after roles. Browning plays the lead role in the independent Australian film Sleeping Beauty, directed by Julia Leigh.[14] She replaced friend and fellow young Australian actress Mia Wasikowska, who was committed to a film adaptation of Jane Eyre at the time.[15] The film screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and the Sydney Film Festival. Browning said, "Even reading the screenplay, it made me feel uncomfortable. But that was something that attracted me to it. I would prefer to polarise an audience as opposed to making an entertaining film everybody feels ambivalent about."[16]

In 2012, she replaced English actress Ophelia Lovibond to play as the female lead in the film Summer in February.[17] The film is based on the book of the same title, by Jonathan Smith. The film was filmed in Cornwall alongside Dominic Cooper and Dan Stevens.[18]

In July 2012, Browning was cast in God Help the Girl a musical film by Belle and Sebastian front-man Stuart Murdoch.[19] Browning played Eve, and the role required live singing.[20] Filming on the production began on 8 July 2012 and wrapped on 12 August 2012.[21][21]

Browning was then cast in Catherine Hardwicke's Plush alongside Cam Gigandet,[22] replacing Evan Rachel Wood who was originally attached to the project due to scheduling conflicts.[23] Browning also starred alongside Xavier Samuel[24] whom she met on the set during filming.

Magic Magic, directed by Sebastián Silva, screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Film.com designated the film as a "Top Pick".[25]

Browning starred in the 2014 film Pompeii, opposite Kit Harington, best known for Game of Thrones. The project was filmed in Toronto and the actual city of Pompeii itself.[26] Browning took a break from filming on Pompeii, and returned home to Australia to film a music video directed by Guy Franklin for the song "No Matter What You Say" by San Francisco-based band Imperial Teen. The video follows Browning as the lead character, conducting a 'live art-piece'.[27]

In 2014, Browning filmed Shangri La Suite directed by Eddie O'Keefe. The story follows two young lovers who break out of a mental hospital in 1974 and set out on a road trip to Los Angeles to fulfill the boy's lifelong dream of killing his idol Elvis Presley, who appears as a supporting character. Luke Grimes and Avan Jogia co-star. [28]


Since Browning's return to film, she has been called a rising fashion icon by MTV[29] and caught the eye of fashion magazines Vogue and W.[citation needed] She has also stated an interest in fashion design[30][unreliable source?] and has considered pursuing a career in fashion, but worries about her rising fame interfering with her work. "I never want to be known as someone who would put her name on something just because you're famous. That's something that disgusts me, and want nothing to be a part of."[31][unreliable source?]

Personal life[edit]

Browning is close friends with Australian filmmaker Guy Franklin,[citation needed] known for directing many of singer Kimbra's music videos. Franklin is set to direct her in a second short film titled Mr. Beautiful, according to a recent interview he gave to Onya magazine.[32]

Browning had been in a relationship with English actor Max Irons since 2011, but the relationship was reported to have ended in the summer of 2012.[33][34]


1998Echo of Thunder, TheThe Echo of ThunderOpal RitchieTV movie
1999High FlyersPhoebe MasonTV movie
1999ThunderstoneClio13 episodes
2000–2002Blue HeelersHayley Fulton9 episodes
2001Man Who Sued God, TheThe Man Who Sued GodRebecca Myers
2000–2001Something in the AirAlicia5 episodes
2001Halifax f.p: Playing GodKristy O'ConnorEpisode: Playing God
2001BlondeFleeceTV movie
2002Ghost ShipKatie Harwood
2003After the DelugeMaddyTV movie
2003Ned KellyGrace Kelly
2003Darkness FallsYoung Caitlin Greene
2004Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsViolet Baudelaire
2005StrandedPennyTV movie
2009Uninvited, TheThe UninvitedAnna Ivers
2009Talk.Distance.ListenNatalieShort film
2011Sucker PunchBabydoll
2011Sleeping BeautyLucy
2012Mr. BeautifulOlivia WhiteShort film
2013The HostPet / Wanderer "Wanda"
2013Summer in FebruaryFlorence Carter-Wood
2013Magic MagicSarah
2014God Help the GirlEve
2015Shangri La SuiteKaren


2011"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"Sucker Punch OST
2011"Where Is My Mind?" (Yoav featuring Emily Browning)Sucker Punch OST
2011"Asleep"Sucker Punch OST
2013"Introdubtion"Plush OST
2013"Close Enough to Kill"Plush OST
2013"Half of Me"Plush OST
2013"The Look in Your Eye" (Jack Version)Plush OST
2013"Half of Me" (Enzo Remix) featuring Thomas DekkerPlush OST




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  2. ^ Emily Browning – Celebrity. TV Guide, retrieved 30 June 2011
  3. ^ a b Lloyd-McDonald, Holly (1 February 2007). "Facing up to new role in fashion". Herald Sun (Australia). Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Benedictus, Luke (19 December 2004). "See Emily play ... while you can". The Age (Australia). Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "AACTA Winners & Nominees 2000-2010 2002". Australian Film Institute. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  6. ^ Making of Light Surrounding You. YouTube. Retrieved on 16 May 2007
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  15. ^ Billington, Alex (9 February 2010). "Emily Browning Replaces Mia Wasikowska in Sleeping Beauty". FirstShowing.net. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  16. ^ Roach, Vicky (22 June 2011). "Emily Browning on being naked in erotic thriller Sleeping Beauty and going nude again". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "Emily Browning Will Spend 'Summer In February' Instead Of Ophelia Lovibond". IndieWire. 13 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Downton Abbey lead Dan Stevens and My Week With Marilyn's Dominic Cooper are to co-star in a new film set in a Cornish artist’s colony circa 1913.". Vintage Seekers. 13 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Hannah is currently filming the lead in GOD HELP THE GIRL with Emily Browning". TroikaTalent. 1 July 22.  [dead link]
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  21. ^ a b "It's all go at the 'god help the girl' production office - we start shooting July 8th. Exciting!". Twitter. July. 
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  23. ^ Blay, Zeba (27 May 2012). "Emily Browning to star in Catherine Hardwicke's 'Plush'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "Xavier Samuel joins Hardwicke's 'Plush'". Variety. 7 Aug 2012. 
  25. ^ Meyncke, Amanda Mae (7 August 2013). "Review: 'Magic, Magic'". Film.com. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  26. ^ DeMara, Bruce (19 February 2013). "Paul W.S. Anderson to shoot Pompeii in Toronto". The Star. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  27. ^ "Set in a modern Art Gallery the story follows our lead female character who will perform a 'live-art-piece' in front of a small audience.". 
  28. ^ "‘Sucker Punch’ Star Emily Browning Joins Luke Grimes in ‘The Shangri-La Suite’ (Exclusive)". 
  29. ^ http://style.mtv.com/2011/07/18/emily-browning-rising-style-star/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  32. ^ "Guy Franklin, Filmmaker and music director". Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  33. ^ Lewis, Casey (25 March 2011). "Just Another Reason To Hate (Slash Love) Emily Browning? Her Hot Boyfriend". Teen.com. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  34. ^ Garofali, Daniel (15 August 2012). "Interview With 'The Host' Actor, Max Irons Launching INC by Macy's". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 

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