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, Sydney, 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, Sydney, Australia
Years active1994–present

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

Byrne made her screen debut in 1994 with a small role in the film Dallas Doll.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4][5] She is the daughter of Jane, a primary school administrator, and Robin Byrne, a semi-retired statistician and market researcher.[6] She is the youngest of their four children; she has an older brother, George, and two older sisters, Alice and Lucy. Both of her parents are atheists, and she describes herself as agnostic.[7] Byrne attended Balmain Public School and Hunters Hill High School before attending Bradfield College in Crows Nest.[8] She began taking acting classes at age eight, joining the Australian Theatre for Young People and later attended the University of Sydney.[8] In 1999, Byrne studied acting at the Atlantic Theatre Company, which was developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy.[8]



Byrne was cast in her first film role, Dallas Doll, when she was 13 years old.[9] 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,[10] 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."[3]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

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,[14] directed by Karen Moncrieff. In 2007, she played Cassie,[15] the pilot in Danny Boyle's science fiction suspense film[16] Sunshine;[17] 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,[18] 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.[19][20] 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[21] and went on general release on 1 April 2011.[22] Byrne also starred in the Kristen Wiig comedy Bridesmaids, released on 13 May 2011.[23][24] She played Moira MacTaggert in the X-Men spin-off X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn. The movie opened 3 June 2011.[25]

In 2013, Byrne appeared in the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines, with Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, and will appear in the comedy, The Internship, in which Byrne stars opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson; and The Turning, a short film instalment in a Tim Winton omnibus feature.[2] 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).[26] Insidious: Chapter 2 was released on Friday, 13 September 2013, and also featured actors Patrick Wilson and Lin Shaye.[27] The film received mixed reviews from critics[28] and became the biggest opening day in US box office history for the month of September following its release.[29] Insidious: Chapter 2 was a financial success grossing over US$148 million against a budget of US$5 million.[30]

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.[31]

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[32] in 2007. She is a graduate and ambassador for NIDA's (National Institute of Dramatic Art) Young Actors Studio.[33]

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.[34] Previously, she dated Australian writer/director Gregor Jordan, who directed her in Two Hands.[35]

In fall 2012, she began dating 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]."[36]

Byrne resides in New York and has revealed that, as of this stage in her life, she remains insecure about a stable career, explaining, "I don't think that [insecurity] ever leaves you. You're a freelancer. There's always an element of uncertainty."[2]


1994Dallas DollRastus Sommers
1999Two HandsAlex
1999Date, TheThe DateSophie
2000My Mother FrankJenny
2000Goddess of 1967, TheThe Goddess of 1967BGVolpi Cup for Best Actress
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 TaylorNominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
2003Take AwaySonja Stilano
2004Wicker ParkAlex
2005Tenants, TheThe TenantsIrene Bell
2006Marie AntoinetteGabrielle de Polastron, duchesse de Polignac
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[37]
2010Get Him to the GreekJackie Q
2011InsidiousRenai LambertNominated — 2011 Scream Awards for Best Horror Actress
2011Bridesmaids[24]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 ConorLead character
1997Fallen AngelsSiobhanGuest (1 episode)
1997WildsideHeidi BensonGuest (2 episodes)
1999Big SkyAngieGuest (1 episode)
1999Heartbreak HighCarly WhitelyGuest (3 episodes)
2000Murder CallSarah WatsonGuest (1 episode)
2005CasanovaEdithBBC Mini series
2007–2012DamagesEllen ParsonsLead character
2009Chaser's War on Everything, TheThe Chaser's War on EverythingHerself
2013PortlandiaFred's dateGuest (1 episode)
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 AustraliaBest Actor – FemaleNominated
2003Australian Film InstituteThe Rage in Placid LakeBest Actress in a Leading RoleNominated
2007DamagesBest Actress – InternationalWon
2008Golden GlobeBest Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV FilmNominated
Movie Extra Filmink AwardSunshineBest Performance by an Aussie in an Overseas MovieNominated
2009Australian Film InstituteDamagesBest Actress – InternationalNominated
Primetime Emmy Award[38]Best Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV FilmNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV FilmNominated
2011Phoenix Film Critics SocietyBridesmaidsBest Acting EnsembleNominated
2012Fangoria Chainsaw AwardsInsidiousBest ActressNominated
Broadcast Film Critics AssociationBridesmaidsBest CastNominated
Central Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleNominated
MTV Movie AwardsBest Gut-Wrenching PerformanceWon
Best CastNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsBest Cast in a Motion PictureNominated


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