Rose Byrne

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Rose Byrne
Rose Byrne 4, 2013.jpg
Byrne at the Australian Premiere of I Give It A Year in 2013
BornMary Rose Byrne
(1979-07-24) 24 July 1979 (age 34)
Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
Years active1994–present
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Rose Byrne
Rose Byrne 4, 2013.jpg
Byrne at the Australian Premiere of I Give It A Year in 2013
BornMary Rose Byrne
(1979-07-24) 24 July 1979 (age 34)
Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
Years active1994–present

Mary Rose Byrne[1][2] (born 24 July 1979) is an Australian actress.

Byrne made her screen debut in 1994 with a small role in the film Dallas Doll.[3] In 2000, she played a leading role in the Australian film The Goddess of 1967, which brought her a Venice Film Festival award for Best Actress.[4]

From 2007 to 2012, she played Ellen Parsons in the cable television series Damages, which earned her two Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations. Along with co-star Glenn Close, she appeared in all of the show's fifty-nine episodes. In 2011, she starred in the critically acclaimed and financially successful films Insidious, X-Men: First Class, and Bridesmaids.

Early life[edit]

Byrne was born in Balmain, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, and is of Irish and Scottish descent.[5][6] She is the daughter of Jane, a primary school administrator, and Robin Byrne, a semi-retired statistician and market researcher.[7] She is the youngest of their four children; she has an older brother, George, and two older sisters, Alice and Lucy. In a 2009 interview, Byrne stated that her mother is an atheist, while both she and her father are agnostic.[8]

Byrne attended Balmain Public School and Hunters Hill High School before attending Bradfield College in Crows Nest.[9] She later moved to Newtown and Bondi.[10] She began taking acting classes at age eight, joining the Australian Theatre for Young People and later attended the University of Sydney.[9] In 1999, Byrne studied acting at the Atlantic Theatre Company, which was developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy.[9]



Byrne was cast in her first film role, Dallas Doll, when she was 13 years old.[11] She has appeared in several Australian television shows, such as Heartbreak High and Echo Point, and the film Two Hands with Heath Ledger. She appeared in The Date,[12] My Mother Frank, and Clara Law's The Goddess of 1967, the latter of which gained her the Volpi Cup for "Best Actress" at the 2000 Venice Film Festival. Byrne revealed in a post-award interview that, prior to winning the Venice Film Festival award, she was surprised by her own performance and found it confronting watching the film because her acting was "too depressing". Byrne admitted that "watching myself is confronting because I'm convinced I can't act and I want to get out, that's how insecure I am."[4]

Byrne appeared as a guest in an episode of the police drama series Murder Call. On stage, she played a lead role in La Dispute and in a production of Anton Chekhov's classic Three Sisters at the Sydney Theatre Company.[13] In 2002, Byrne made her first appearance in a Hollywood film with a small role as Dormé, the handmaiden to Natalie Portman's Senator Padmé Amidala, in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. She appeared the same year in City of Ghosts with Matt Dillon.

The year previously she had flown to the UK to shoot I Capture the Castle, Tim Fywell's adaptation of the 1948 novel of the same title by Dodie Smith. In the 2003 release, she portrayed Rose Mortmain, the elder sister of Romola Garai's Cassandra. In 2003, she starred in three Australian films: The Night We Called It a Day with Melanie Griffith and Dennis Hopper; The Rage in Placid Lake for which she was named Best Actress at the Australian Film Institute; and Take Away, another comedy. In 2004, Byrne starred as Briseis in Wolfgang Petersen's epic Troy.[14] She then reunited with Peter O'Toole in the BBC TV drama Casanova. Byrne appeared with Snoop Dogg in Danny Green's film The Tenants, based on Bernard Malamud's novel, and starred as Alex with Josh Hartnett and Diane Kruger in the romantic psychological thriller Wicker Park.[15]

Byrne at the Sydney film premiere of I Give It a Year, 15 January 2013

In 2006, Byrne portrayed Gabrielle de Polastron, duchesse de Polignac, a French aristocrat and friend of Marie Antoinette, in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, with Kirsten Dunst, and appeared in The Dead Girl,[16] directed by Karen Moncrieff. In 2007, she played Cassie,[17] the pilot in Danny Boyle's science fiction suspense film[18] Sunshine;[19] followed by Scarlett Ross, an army medical officer in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's science fiction horror 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to Boyle's 28 Days Later; then appeared in the independent film Just Buried,[20] a Canadian dark comedy written and directed by Chaz Thorne. From 2007, Byrne starred as Ellen Parsons in the FX drama production Damages, which ran for five seasons.[21][22] She appeared in the Australian film noir The Tender Hook with Hugo Weaving.

In 2009, Byrne co-starred with Nicolas Cage in the science fiction thriller Knowing. Later that year, she appeared in the indie film Adam, with Hugh Dancy. She appeared in the 2010 comedy film Get Him to the Greek, starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill, and she was joint lead in the James Wan horror film Insidious, which premiered in September 2010 at the Toronto International Film Festival[23] and went on general release on 1 April 2011.[24] Byrne also starred in the Kristen Wiig comedy Bridesmaids, released on 13 May 2011.[25][26] She played Moira MacTaggert in the X-Men spin-off X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn. The movie opened 3 June 2011.[27]

In 2013, Byrne appeared in the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines, with Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, and appeared in the comedy, The Internship, in which Byrne stars opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson; and The Turning, a short film installment in a Tim Winton omnibus feature.[3] Byrne also played the newlywed wife in I Give It a Year, a comedy about the trials and tribulations of a couple during their first year of marriage.

Byrne worked again with fellow Australians James Wan and Leigh Whannell for the sequel to Insidious (the original film grossed US$97 million after a production budget of US$1.5 million was invested by Wan and Whannell).[28] Insidious: Chapter 2 was released on Friday, 13 September 2013, and also featured actors Patrick Wilsonand Lin Shaye.[29] The film received mixed reviews from critics[30] and became the biggest opening day in US box office history for the month of September following its release.[31] Insidious: Chapter 2 was a financial success grossing over US$160 million against a budget of US$5 million.[32]

Other activities[edit]

Byrne was the face of Max Factor between 2004 and 2006 and named in the Most Beautiful People of 2007 list in Who Magazine.[33]

Byrne has supported UNICEF Australia by being the face of the 2007 Designers United campaign and a member of Tropfest jury in 2006 and Tropfest@Tribeca[34] in 2007. She is a graduate and ambassador for NIDA's (National Institute of Dramatic Art) Young Actors Studio.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Byrne was in a relationship with Australian writer, director and actor Brendan Cowell for over six years. Cowell moved from Sydney to New York City, following Byrne's success on Damages. The relationship ended in January 2010.[36] Previously, she dated Australian writer/director Gregor Jordan, who directed her in Two Hands.[37]

In 2012, Byrne began dating the actor Bobby Cannavale. Cannavale confirmed their relationship at the 2013 Emmy Awards ceremony during his acceptance speech for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award, "And I want to thank the love of my life, Rose [Byrne]."[38]

Byrne lives in New York and has said of this stage in her life that she remains insecure about a stable career, saying, "I don't think that [insecurity] ever leaves you. You're a freelancer. There's always an element of uncertainty."[3]


1994Dallas DollRastus Sommers
1999Two HandsAlex
1999Date, TheThe DateSophie
2000My Mother FrankJenny
2000Goddess of 1967, TheThe Goddess of 1967BG
2001Pitch, TheThe PitchGirl
2002Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the ClonesDormé
2002City of GhostsSabrina
2003I Capture the CastleRose Mortmain
2003Night We Called It a Day, TheThe Night We Called It a DayAudrey Appleby
2003MonsterUncredited Role
2003Rage in Placid Lake, TheThe Rage in Placid LakeGemma Taylor
2003Take AwaySonja Stilano
2004Wicker ParkAlex
2005Tenants, TheThe TenantsIrene Bell
2005CasanovaEdithBBC Mini series
2006Marie AntoinetteYolande de Polastron
2006Dead Girl, TheThe Dead GirlLeah
200728 Weeks LaterMajor Scarlet Levy
2008Just BuriedRoberta Knickle
2008Tender Hook, TheThe Tender HookIrisa.k.a. The Boxer and the Bombshell
2009KnowingDiana Wayland
2009AdamBeth Buchwald
2010I Love You TooDrunk PassengerCameo
2010Get Him to the GreekJackie Q
2011InsidiousRenai Lambert
2011Bridesmaids[26]Helen Harris
2011X-Men: First ClassMoira MacTaggert
2012The Place Beyond the PinesJennifer
2013I Give It a YearNat
2013The InternshipDana
2013The TurningRaelene
2013Insidious: Chapter 2Renai Lambert
2014This Is Where I Leave YouPenny
2014NeighborsKelly RadnerPost-production
2014AnnieGrace Farrell
1995Echo PointBelinda O Conor100 episodes
1997Fallen AngelsSiobhanEpisode: "Lerve, Lerve, Lerve"
1997WildsideHeidi Benson2 episodes
1999Big SkyAngieEpisode: "A Family Affair"
1999Heartbreak HighCarly Whitely3 episodes
2000Murder CallSarah WatsonEpisode: "Still Life"
2007–2012DamagesEllen Parsons59 episodes
2013PortlandiaFred's dateEpisode: "Soft Opening"
Music videos
2000"Black the Sun"Alex Lloyd
2002"I Miss You"Darren Hayes
2007"Digital Versicolor"Glass Candy


YearAwardNominated workCategoryResult
2000Venice Film FestivalThe Goddess of 1967Best ActressWon
2002Film Critics Circle of AustraliaThe Goddess of 1967Best Actor – FemaleNominated
2003Australian Film InstituteThe Rage in Placid LakeBest Actress in a Leading RoleNominated
2007Australian Film InstituteDamagesBest Actress – InternationalWon
2008Golden Globe AwardDamagesBest Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV FilmNominated
2009Primetime Emmy Award[39]DamagesBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
2010Primetime Emmy AwardDamagesBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
2010Golden Globe AwardDamagesBest Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV FilmNominated
2010Satellite AwardDamagesBest Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV FilmNominated
2011Phoenix Film Critics SocietyBridesmaidsBest Acting EnsembleNominated
2012Broadcast Film Critics AssociationBridesmaidsBest CastNominated
2012MTV Movie AwardsBridesmaidsBest Gut-Wrenching PerformanceWon
2012MTV Movie AwardsBridesmaidsBest CastNominated
2012Screen Actors Guild AwardsBridesmaidsBest Cast in a Motion PictureNominated
2014AACTA AwardsThe TurningBest Leading ActressWon
2014MTV Movie AwardInsidious: Chapter 2Best Scared-As-S**t PerformancePending


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