Essie Davis

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Essie Davis
Born1970 (age 44–45)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
OccupationActress, singer
Spouse(s)Justin Kurzel (m. 2002)
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Essie Davis
Born1970 (age 44–45)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
OccupationActress, singer
Spouse(s)Justin Kurzel (m. 2002)

Esther "Essie" Davis (born 1970) is an Australian actress.

Early life[edit]

Born and brought up in Hobart, Tasmania, she is the daughter of locally famed artist George Davis. She emerged from the Old Nick Company at the University of Tasmania in the late 1980s. In 1992, she graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney.[1]


Her acting career began with the Bell Shakespeare company when, straight out of NIDA, she was cast as Juliet in the 1993 production of Romeo and Juliet.[2]

Her film career started with her role in the all-Australian 1995 movie Dad and Dave: On Our Selection, which starred Geoffrey Rush, Leo McKern, and Joan Sutherland. Her biggest movie roles are in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, director Richard Flanagan's 1998 Tasmanian film The Sound of One Hand Clapping, and Girl with a Pearl Earring.[1]

In 2003 she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her UK performance in the Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire. In 2004 she starred in a Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's Jumpers, for which she earned a Tony Award nomination. In 2005 she appeared as Mrs. Nellie Lovett in the BBC production of Sweeney Todd with Ray Winstone.

In the 2008 film Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger she plays Esther's controlling mother. Also in 2008, she appeared in the film Australia with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, directed by Baz Luhrmann. The same year, Davis played Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for the Melbourne Theatre Company.[3]

Davis returned to Tasmania to launch the Tasmanian Theatre Company in 2008 and help support local theatre while encouraging youth to continue participating in the arts.[4] In 2011, she received a Logie Award nomination for her role as Anouk in The Slap. In 2012 and 2013, Davis played Phryne Fisher, the central character in ABC Television's high-rating costume drama, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.[1]

Davis starred in Jennifer Kent's 2014 debut feature The Babadook. For her work in the film Davis was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and an AACTA International Award for Best Actress.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Davis married Justin Kurzel in 2002. In 2006, they had two children,[6] twin daughters, Stella and Ruby.[7]


Awards and nominations[edit]

1995Australian Film Institute AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleDad and Dave: On Our SelectionNominated
2000Best Actress in a Telefeature or Mini-SeriesThe Spider and The FlyNominated
2003Best Actress in a Supporting or Guest Role in a Television Drama or ComedyAfter The DelugeWon
2006Screamfest Horror Film FestivalFestival TrophyIsolationWon
2011Film Critics Circle of AustraliaBest Supporting Actor- FemaleSouth SolitaryWon
2012AACTA AwardsBest Lead Actress in a Television DramaCloudstreetNominated
ASTRA AwardsMost Outstanding Performance by an Actor - FemaleNominated
Logie AwardsMost Outstanding ActressThe SlapNominated
Film Critics Circle of AustraliaBest Actress - Supporting RoleBurning ManNominated
2013AACTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressNominated
Best Lead Actress in a Television DramaMiss Fisher's Murder MysteriesNominated
2014Logie AwardsMost Popular ActressNominated
Fright Meter AwardsBest ActressThe BabadookWon
North Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest ActressWon
Puchon International Fantastic Film FestivalBest ActressWon
Sitges Film FestivalBest ActressWon
Austin Fantastic FestBest ActressWon
BloodGuts UK Horror AwardsBest ActressWon
Toronto After Dark Film FestivalBest ActressWon
AACTA AwardsBest Lead ActressNominated
Detroit Film Critics SocietyBest ActressNominated
Houston Film Critics SocietyBest ActressNominated
Online Film Critics SocietyBest ActressNominated
San Francisco Film Critics CircleBest ActressNominated
Alliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Breakthrough PerformanceNominated
Village Voice Film PollBest Actress3rd place
2015Central Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest ActressWon
YouReviewers Movie AwardsBreakthrough ActressPending
Best ActressPending
Fangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Leading ActressPending
AACTA International AwardsBest ActressNominated
Dorian AwardsFilm Performance of The Year- FemaleNominated
Online Film & Television Association AwardBest Breakthrough Performance- FemaleNominated


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