Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
|Spouse(s)||Justin Kurzel (m. 2002)|
Esther "Essie" Davis (born 1970) is an Australian actress.
Born and raised 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. She is also a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since February 2012, Davis has played the central character in ABC Television's high-rating costume drama Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.
Davis married Justin Kurzel in 2002. They have twins born in 2006.
- The Custodian (1993) as Jilly
- Lilian's Story (1995) as Zara
- Dad and Dave: On Our Selection (1995) as Kate
- River Street (1996) as Wendy
- Blackrock (1997) as Det. Gilhooley
- Water Rats, "Dead or Alive" and "Blood Trail" (both 1997) as Senior Detective Nicola Bourke
- The Two-Wheeled Time Machine (1997) as Young Alice
- The Ripper (1997, TV) as Evelyn Bookman
- The Sound of One Hand Clapping (1998) as Jean
- Kings in Grass Castles (1998, TV miniseries) as Mary Costello
- Murder Call, "Deadfall" (1998) as Judy St. John
- Halifax f.p.: "The Spider and the Fly" (2000, TV) as Alison Blount
- Corridors of Power, episode #1.4 (2001) as Sophie
- Young Lions, 2 episodes in 2002 as Julie Morgan
- The Pact (2003) as Helene Davis
- Enter the Matrix (2003) (video game) as Maggie
- The Matrix Reloaded (2003) as Maggie
- After the Deluge (2003, TV miniseries) as Beth
- Temptation (2003, TV) as Julie
- Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) as Catharina Vermeer
- Code 46 (2003) as Doctor
- The Matrix Revolutions (2003) as Maggie
- Isolation (2005) as Orla
- The Silence (2005) as Juliet Moore
- Sweeney Todd (2006, TV) as Mrs. Nellie Lovett
- Charlotte's Web (2006) as Mrs. Arable
- Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger (2008) as Grace Blueburger
- Australia (2008) as Catherine Carney Fletcher
- Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) Voice only as Marella
- South Solitary (2010) as Alma Stanley
- Cloudstreet (2010) as Dolly Pickles
- Play School (2011) as herself
- The Slap (2011, TV) as Anouk
- Burning Man (2011) as Karen
- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012, TV) as Phryne Fisher
- The Babadook (2014) as Amelia
- A Poet in New York (2014) as Caitlin Thomas
- ^ "Big screen dreaming" by Peter Gotting, The Sydney Morning Herald (17 March 2004)
- ^ Production details for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Melbourne Theatre Company
- ^ About The Tasmanian Theatre Company
- ^ "Lunch with Essie Davis" by Karl Quinn, The Sydney Morning Herald (12 March 2012)