Frances O'Connor

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Frances O'Connor
BornFrances Ann O'Connor[1]
(1967-06-12) 12 June 1967 (age 47)[2]
Wantage, Oxfordshire, England, UK
OccupationActress
Years active1993–present
Partner(s)Gerald Lepkowski
ChildrenLuka Lepkowski
 
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For the circus sideshow performer, see Frances O'Connor (performer).
Frances O'Connor
BornFrances Ann O'Connor[1]
(1967-06-12) 12 June 1967 (age 47)[2]
Wantage, Oxfordshire, England, UK
OccupationActress
Years active1993–present
Partner(s)Gerald Lepkowski
ChildrenLuka Lepkowski

Frances Ann O'Connor (born 12 June 1967) is an Australian actress. She is best known for her roles in such films as Mansfield Park (1999), Bedazzled (2000), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), and Timeline (2003). O'Connor has won an AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Blessed (2009), and earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Madame Bovary (2000).

Life and career[edit]

O'Connor was born in Wantage, Oxfordshire, England to a pianist mother and nuclear physicist father;[3] her family moved to Perth, Australia when she was two.[4] O'Connor was raised Roman Catholic,[5][6] and attended the Mercedes College in Perth. She then went on to attend the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and earned a BA in literature from the Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. O'Connor and her long-term partner, Gerald Lepkowski, have a son, Luka, born in April 2005.

O'Connor made her film debut in Emma-Kate Croghan's critically acclaimed independent romantic comedy Love and Other Catastrophes (1996).[7] She received her first AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role nomination for her performance in this movie. In 1997 she had the leading role in Kiss or Kill,[8] and starred opposite Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in Thank God He Met Lizzie.[7] In 1999, O'Connor starred as Fanny Price in the British romantic comedy-drama Mansfield Park. The film also received favorable reviews from critics.[9] In the next year O'Connor earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance as Emma Bovary in Madame Bovary.[10]

In 2000, O'Connor began her career in Hollywood, with role in the comedy film Bedazzled, remake of the 1967 film of the same name, opposite Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley. In the following year she had a leading role in the Steven Spielberg science fiction drama A.I. Artificial Intelligence. She was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film. In 2002, she starred alongside Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, and Judi Dench in the romantic comedy-drama The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Oliver Parker, and based on Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners play. In 2003, O'Connor starred opposite Paul Walker in the science fiction film Timeline, which bombed at the box office.[11][12]

In 2004, O'Connor returned to independent movies and starred in Iron Jawed Angels with Hilary Swank, Julia Ormond, and Anjelica Huston. She received two more AACTA Award for Best Actress nominations for Three Dollars (2005) and The Hunter. In 2008, she starred in the short-lived ABC comedy-drama series Cashmere Mafia opposite Lucy Liu, Miranda Otto, and Bonnie Somerville.[10] In 2009 she won an AACTA Award for Best Actress for her performance in Blessed. She later appeared in Jayne Mansfield's Car, Little Red Wagon, and The Truth About Emanuel. In 2011, O'Connor was cast in the ABC drama pilot Hallelujah, created by Marc Cherry, but the show was not picked up to series.[13][14] From 2013 to 2014 she starred as Rose Selfridge in the British period drama Mr Selfridge.[15] In 2014, O'Connor was cast as lead in the British drama The Missing, and as Belle's mother Colette for the fourth season of the American series Once Upon a Time.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Bathing Boxes2nd womanShort film
1996Love and Other CatastrophesMiaNominated—AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1997Kiss or KillNikki DaviesFilm Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actress
Montreal World Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated—AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1997Thank God He Met LizzieJennyNominated—AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actress
1998A Little Bit of SoulKate Haslett
1999A Margherita with Hot SalamiDianaShort film
1999Mansfield ParkFanny PriceNominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2000About AdamLaura Owens
2000Madame BovaryEmma BovaryTV Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2000BedazzledAlison / Nicole
2001A.I. Artificial IntelligenceMonica SwintonNominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated—AACTA Award for Featured Actor of the Year—Female—Movies
Nominated—Empire Award for Best Actress
2002The Importance of Being EarnestGwendolen Fairfax
2002WindtalkersRita
2003TimelineKate Ericson
2004Iron Jawed AngelsLucy Burns
2004Book of LoveElaine Walker
2005Three DollarsTanya HarnoveyNominated—AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
2005The Lazarus ChildAlison Heywood
2005Piccadilly JimAnn Chester
2009BlessedRhondaAACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actress
2011The HunterLucyFilm Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
2012Jayne Mansfield's CarCamilla Bedford
2012Best Man DownJaime
2012Little Red WagonMargaret Craig
2013The Truth About EmanuelJaniceAshland Independent Film Festival Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2014Mercy

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993Law of the LandMarissa GreenSeries regular
1994Damnation of Harvey McHugh, TheThe Damnation of Harvey McHughGeorginaEpisode: "Heaven Knows Mr. McHugh"
1995The Man from Snowy RiverRachel McAlisterEpisodes: "A New Life: Part 1" and "A New Life: Part 2"
1995Halifax f.p.FrancesEpisode: "The Feeding"
1996Blue HeelersGabe Greenway3 episodes
1996G.P.Karen PapadopoulosEpisode: "Someone to Turn To"
1997FrontlineKristyEpisode: "I Get the Big Names"
2008Cashmere MafiaZoe BurdenSeries regular, 7 episodes
2011IceSarahTV Mini-Series
2011HallelujahRuth TurnerTV pilot
2013VegasBarbara KentEpisode: "From This Day Forward"
2013-2014Mr SelfridgeRose SelfridgeSeries regular, 20 episodes
2014The MissingEmilySeries regular

References[edit]

  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
  2. ^ "Today in history". ABC News. Associated Press. June 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ Frances O'Connor Biography (1969-)
  4. ^ The earnest gypsy - theage.com.au
  5. ^ The Fran with the plan[dead link]
  6. ^ Urban Cinefile O'CONNOR, FRANCES: BEDAZZLED
  7. ^ a b "Frances O'Connor | Movies and Biography - Yahoo Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  8. ^ "Kiss or Kill". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  9. ^ "Mansfield Park". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  10. ^ a b "Frances O'Connor Biography". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  11. ^ "Timeline (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  12. ^ "Timeline (2003) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. 2003-11-26. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Several Actors Join Broadcast Pilots". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  14. ^ "Frances O'Connor boards ABC pilot - US TV News". Digital Spy. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  15. ^ "Playing the Mrs. to 'Mr. Selfridge' - US News and World Report". Usnews.com. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  16. ^ "'Once Upon a Time' casts Frances O'Connor as Belle's mom". Entertainment Weekly. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 

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