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Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne
Byrne at the Australian premiere
of I Give It A Year, 2013
Born Mary Rose Byrne
(1979-07-24) 24 July 1979
Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
Residence New York City, New York, US
Education University of Sydney
Atlantic Theatre Company
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present

Mary Rose Byrne[1][2] (born 24 July 1979) is an Australian actress. Byrne made her screen debut in 1992 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. Byrne has also starred in the films Troy, 28 Weeks Later, Insidious, X-Men: First Class, as well as the comedies Bridesmaids, Neighbors and Spy.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Acting 2.1
    • Other activities 2.2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Theatre 4.3
    • Music videos 4.4
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Byrne was born in atheist, while both she and her father are agnostics.[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 last 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 co-lead in the James Wan horror film Insidious, which premiered in September 2010 at the Toronto International Film Festival[23] and received a wide theatrical 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, 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 Wilson and 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]

In 2014, Byrne starred in the comedy film Neighbors, alongside Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. The film received positive reviews and went on to become a box office success.[33][34] A remake of the 1982 classic, Annie, featured Byrne playing the role of Grace Farrell, Mr. Stack's colleague. Despite that film being badly received by critics, Byrne's performance was mostly praised with reviewers calling her the surprise highlight of the movie. It was later announced that Byrne will be reprising her role as Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: Apocalypse.[35]

Other activities

Byrne was the face of Max Factor between 2004 and 2009 and named in the Most Beautiful People of 2007 list in Who Magazine.[36]

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[37] in 2007. She is a graduate and ambassador for NIDA's (National Institute of Dramatic Art) Young Actors Studio.[38]

In 2014, Byrne became the face of Oroton, the Australian producer of luxury fashion accessories.[39]

Personal life

Rose 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.[40]

In 2012, Byrne 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, saying "And I want to thank the love of my life, Rose [Byrne]."[41]

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]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Dallas Doll Rastus Sommers
1999 Two Hands Alex
1999 Date, TheThe Date Sophie
2000 My Mother Frank Jenny
2000 Goddess of 1967, TheThe Goddess of 1967 BG
2001 Pitch, TheThe Pitch Girl
2002 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Dormé
2002 City of Ghosts Sabrina
2003 I Capture the Castle Rose Mortmain
2003 Night We Called It a Day, TheThe Night We Called It a Day Audrey Appleby
2003 Rage in Placid Lake, TheThe Rage in Placid Lake Gemma Taylor
2003 Take Away Sonja Stilano
2004 Troy Briseis
2004 Wicker Park Alex Denver
2005 Tenants, TheThe Tenants Irene Bell
2005 Casanova Edith BBC Mini series
2006 Marie Antoinette Yolande de Polastron
2006 Dead Girl, TheThe Dead Girl Leah
2007 Sunshine Cassie
2007 28 Weeks Later Major Scarlet Levy
2008 Just Buried Roberta Knickle
2008 Tender Hook, TheThe Tender Hook Iris a.k.a. The Boxer and the Bombshell
2009 Knowing Diana Wayland
2009 Adam Beth Buchwald
2010 I Love You Too Drunk Passenger Cameo
2010 Get Him to the Greek Jackie Q
2011 Insidious Renai Lambert
2011 Bridesmaids Helen Harris III
2011 X-Men: First Class Moira MacTaggert
2012 The Place Beyond the Pines Jennifer
2013 I Give It a Year Nat
2013 The Internship Dana
2013 The Turning Raelene
2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 Renai Lambert
2014 Neighbors Kelly Radner
2014 Adult Beginners Justine
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Penny
2014 Annie Grace Farrell
2014 Unity Narrator Documentary
2015 Spy Rayna Boyanov
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Moira MacTaggert Post-production
2016 The Meddler Post-production
2016 Neighbors 2 Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Echo Point Belinda O Conor 100 episodes
1997 Fallen Angels Siobhan Episode: "Lerve, Lerve, Lerve"
1997 Wildside Heidi Benson 2 episodes
1999 Big Sky Angie Episode: "A Family Affair"
1999 Heartbreak High Carly Whitely 3 episodes
2000 Murder Call Sarah Watson Episode: "Still Life"
2005 Casanova Edith 3 episodes
2007–2012 Damages Ellen Parsons All 59 episodes
2013 Portlandia Fred's date Episode: "Soft Opening"
2013 Hollywood Game Night Herself Episode: "Purr-ty People"


Year Title Role Notes
2014–15 You Can't Take It with You Alice Sycamore Longacre Theatre

Music videos

Year Song Artist Notes
2000 "Black the Sun" Alex Lloyd
2002 "I Miss You"[42] Darren Hayes
2007 "Digital Versicolor"[43] Glass Candy

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Result
2000 Venice Film Festival Award for Volpi Cup (Best Actress) The Goddess of 1967 Won
2002 Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor- Female Nominated
2003 AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role The Rage in Placid Lake Nominated
2007 AFI International Award for Best Actress Damages Won
2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
AFI International Award for Best Actress Nominated
2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
IGN Summer Movie Award for Best TV Actress Won
2011 Best Acting Ensemble Bridesmaids Nominated
2012 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble Nominated
New York Film Critics Online Awards for Best Cast Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast Nominated
MTV Movie Award for Best Jaw Dropping Moment Won
MTV Movie Award for Best Cast Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Fright Meter Award for Best Actress Insidious Nominated
Scream Award for Best Horror Actress Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actress Won
2014 AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role The Turning Won
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor- Female Won
MTV Movie Award for Best Scared-As-S**t Performance Insidious: Chapter 2 Nominated
MAXMARA Face of The Future Award N/A Won
2015 Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Neighbors Nominated
MTV Movie Award for Best WTF Moment Won
MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance Nominated
MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss Nominated
AACTA Trailblazer Award[44] N/A Won
2015 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain Spy Pending


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