Rose Byrne

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Rose Byrne
Rose Byrne 4, 2013.jpg
Byrne at the Australian premiere
of I Give It a Year on 15 January 2013
Born Mary Rose Byrne
(1979-07-24) 24 July 1979 (age 39)
Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Education University of Sydney
Atlantic Theater Company
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Partner(s) Bobby Cannavale (2012–present)
Children 2

Mary Rose Byrne[1][2] (born 24 July 1979)[3] is an Australian actress. Byrne made her screen debut in 1992 with a small role in the film Dallas Doll.[4]

In 2000, she played a leading role in the Australian film The Goddess of 1967, which brought her the Volpi Cup for Best Actress.[5] From 2007 to 2012, she played Ellen Parsons in the cable television series Damages, which earned her two Golden Globe Award and two Primetime Emmy Award 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, Knowing, Insidious, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Apocalypse, as well as the comedies Get Him to the Greek, Bridesmaids, The Internship, Neighbors, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and Spy.

Early life[edit]

Byrne was born in Balmain, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, and is of Irish and Scottish descent.[6][7] She is the daughter of Jane, a primary school administrator, and Robin Byrne, a semi-retired statistician and market researcher.[8] 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 agnostics.[9]

Byrne attended Balmain Public School and Hunters Hill High School before attending Bradfield College in Crows Nest.[10] She later moved to Newtown and Bondi.[11] She began taking acting classes at age eight, joining the Australian Theatre for Young People and later attended the University of Sydney.[10] In 1999, Byrne studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company, which was developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy.[10]



Byrne was cast in her first film role, Dallas Doll, when she was 13 years old.[12] 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,[13] 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 57th Venice International Film Festival in 2000. 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."[5]

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.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16]

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,[17] directed by Karen Moncrieff.

In 2007, she played Cassie,[18] the pilot in Danny Boyle's science fiction suspense film[19] Sunshine;[20] 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,[21] a Canadian dark comedy written and directed by Chaz Thorne.

From 2007 to 2012, Byrne starred as Ellen Parsons in the FX legal thriller television series Damages, which ran for five seasons.[22][23] She appeared in the Australian film noir The Tender Hook with Hugo Weaving in 2008.

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[24] and received a wide theatrical release on 1 April, 2011.[25] Insidious grossed US$97 million after a production budget of US$1.5 million was invested by filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Whannell.[26]

Byrne also starred in the Kristen Wiig comedy Bridesmaids, released on 13 May 2011. She received overwhelmingly positive reviews for her portrayal of Helen, Kristen Wiig's rival.[27][28] She played Moira MacTaggert in the X-Men spin-off X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn. The movie opened 3 June 2011.[29]

Byrne at the Sydney film premiere of I Give It a Year in 2013

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.[4] 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 Wan and Whannell for the sequel Insidious: Chapter 2, which was released on Friday, 13 September 2013, and again also featured actors Patrick Wilson and Lin Shaye.[30] The film received mixed reviews from critics[31] and became the biggest opening day in US box office history for the month of September following its release.[32] Insidious: Chapter 2 was a financial success, grossing over US$160 million against a budget of US$5 million.[33]

In 2014, Byrne starred in the comedy film Neighbours, alongside Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. The film received positive reviews and went on to become a box office success.[34][35] A remake of the 1982 classic, Annie, featured Byrne playing the role of Grace Farrell, Mr. Stacks' colleague. Byrne's performance was mostly praised with reviewers calling her the surprise highlight of the movie. In 2015, Byrne co-starred with Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law and Jason Statham in the hit comedic action tale Spy,[36] and in 2016, she reprised her role as Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: Apocalypse.[37]

In 2016, Rebecca Skloot (author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) announced that Byrne would be playing Skloot in the HBO film adaptation of her book. The film will also star Oprah Winfrey and Reneé Elise Goldsberry. She will be starring alongside Sandra Bullock, Rachel Weisz, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Zooey Deschanel, and Anna Kendrick in We Are Your Fist.

Other activities[edit]

Byrne was the face of Max Factor between 2004 and 2009 and named in the Most Beautiful People of 2007 list in Who Magazine.[38]

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[39] in 2007. She is a graduate and ambassador for NIDA's (National Institute of Dramatic Art) Young Actors Studio.[40] In 2014, Byrne became the face of Oroton, the Australian producer of luxury fashion accessories.[41]

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.[42]

In 2012, Byrne began dating American actor Bobby Cannavale. In February 2016, she gave birth to their son, Rocco.[43] She and Cannavale had their second child together, son Rafa, in November 2017.[44]

As of 2013, Byrne lived in New York and said she remains insecure about a stable career: "I don't think that insecurity ever leaves you. You're a freelancer. There's always an element of uncertainty."[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Dallas Doll Rastus Sommers
1999 Two Hands Alex
2000 My Mother Frank Jenny
2000 The Goddess of 1967 B.G.
2002 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Dormé
2002 City of Ghosts Sabrina
2003 I Capture the Castle Rose Mortmain
2003 The Night We Called It a Day Audrey Appleby
2003 The Rage in Placid Lake Gemma Taylor
2003 Take Away Sonja Stilano
2004 Troy Briseis
2004 Wicker Park Alex Denver
2005 The Tenants Irene Bell
2006 Marie Antoinette Yolande de Polastron
2006 The Dead Girl Leah Segment: "The Sister"
2007 Sunshine Cassie
2007 28 Weeks Later Major Scarlet Levy
2008 Just Buried Roberta Knickle
2008 The Tender Hook Iris
2009 Knowing Diana Wayland
2009 Adam Beth Buchwald
2010 I Love You Too Drunk Passenger Cameo
2010 Get Him to the Greek Jackie Q
2010 Insidious Renai Lambert
2011 Bridesmaids Helen Harris III
2011 X-Men: First Class Moira MacTaggert
2012 The Place Beyond the Pines Jennifer Cross
2013 I Give It a Year Nat Redfern
2013 The Internship Dana Simms
2013 The Turning Raelene Segment: "The Turning"
2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 Renai Lambert
2014 Neighbors Kelly Radner
2014 Adult Beginners Justine
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Penny Moore
2014 Annie Grace Farrell
2014 Unity Narrator Documentary
2015 Spy Rayna Boyanov
2015 The Meddler Lori Minervini
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Kelly Radner
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Moira MacTaggert
2017 I Love You, Daddy Grace Cullen
2018 Juliet, Naked Annie Platt
2018 Peter Rabbit Jemima Puddle-Duck (voice) / Bea
2018 Instant Family Ellie Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Echo Point Belinda O'Connor
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"
2016 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Chloe Episode: "Season 3, Episode 20"
2016 No Activity Elizabeth 5 episodes
2017 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot Television film
2018 War on Waste Herself Episode: "Series 2, Episode 1"


Year Title Role Notes
2000 La Dispute Adine Sydney Theatre Company
2001 Three Sisters Irina
2014–15 You Can't Take It with You Alice Sycamore Longacre Theatre
2016 Speed-the-Plow Karen Rosyln Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay Sydney (Sydney Theatre Company Limited)

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Notes
2000 "Black the Sun" Alex Lloyd
2002 "I Miss You"[45] Darren Hayes
2007 "Digital Versicolor"[46] Glass Candy

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result
2000 Volpi Cup for 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
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble 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[47] N/A Won
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain Spy Nominated
Georgia Film Critics' Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Utah Film Critics' Society Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
Village Voice Film Poll for Best Supporting Actress Nominated


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