Actress Rachel Griffiths Biography
Rachel Griffiths born on 18th December 1968 is an Australian actress. She came to prominence with the 1994 film Muriel’s Wedding and her Academy Award nominated performance in Hilary and Jackie in 1998.
She portrayed masseuse Brenda Chenowith in the HBO series Six Feet Under and Sarah Walker Laurent on the ABC drama series Brothers & Sisters. Griffiths has received a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and three Australian Film Institute Awards for her work.
Lived on the Gold Coast, Queensland until age five, then moved to Melbourne. Attended Star of the Sea Catholic Girls’ College, did well at school and learned ballet. When she was 11, her father left home with an 18 year old woman. She hasn’t seen him for years. Her mother was an art teacher at the time and raised the children alone. Has an Education Degree in dance and drama. Worked for the theatre company The Woolly Jumpers, in Geelong. Made famous by Muriel’s Wedding (1994).
Rachel Griffiths and Toni Collette were relative unknowns when they were cast as best friends and fellow outcasts in the 1994 film Muriel’s Wedding. Her performance won her critical acclaim and both the Australian Film Critics Award and the Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Supporting Actress. She followed in 1996 with the role of an earthy, ill-mannered pig farmer’s daughter in Michael Winterbottom’s Jude.
In 1997, Rachel Griffiths sparked a controversy after attending uninvited the opening of the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, while topless. Griffiths received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of real-life flautist Hilary du Pré opposite Emily Watson as her sister, famed cellist Jacqueline “Jackie” du Pre, in Hilary and Jackie in 1998.
In 2001, Rachel Griffiths was cast as one of the leads in Six Feet Under. Her performance as emotionally scarred massage therapist, Brenda Chenowith, earned her Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as two Emmy Award nominations.
As of 2006, she became part of the ensemble cast, co-starring alongside Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, Balthazar Getty and Matthew Rhys, of the dramatic series Brothers & Sisters, in which she portrays Sarah Walker, who inherits control of the family business after her father’s deat. Griffiths made her Broadway debut in Other Desert Cities, directed by Joe Mantello and co-starring Judith Light, which began previews on 10 October 2011, opening on 3 November 2011. In 2015, Rachel Griffiths made her debut as a television director when she directed three episodes of the second series of the Australian teen drama Nowhere Boys.
Rachel Griffiths Age – Family – Early Life
Rachel Griffiths was on 18th December 1968.
She has two older brothers, Ben, and Samuel. She moved to Melbourne at the age of five, with her mother and two older brothers. When she was 11, her father left home with an 18-year-old woman. Griffiths was raised Roman Catholic, and has an uncle who is a Jesuit priest. She recalled first being inspired to become an actress after watching the U.S. miniseries Roots as a child.
She attended Star of the Sea College, a high school in Gardenvale. She earned a Bachelor of Education degree in drama and dance at Victoria College, Rusden. After being rejected from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Griffiths joined the Woolly Jumpers, a Geelong-based community theatre group. In 1991, she wrote and performed the one-woman show Barbie Gets Hip, which played at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 1991.
Rachel Griffiths Husband
Griffiths married Australian artist Andrew Taylor on 31 December 2002 in the chapel of her high school, Star of the Sea College, in Melbourne. At their wedding, Griffiths requested that guests forgo gifts and instead donate funds to the Sacred Heart Mission, a Catholic-based charity in St Kilda.
Rachel Griffiths Children
Rachel Griffiths has three children: a son born in 2003 and two daughters, one born in 2005 and the other in 2009. Griffiths suffered a ruptured uterus during Clementine’s birth, which nearly ended her life. She spent a total of three days undergoing surgery, and recovered from the condition.
Rachel Griffiths Feet
Rachel Griffiths Movies and TV Shows
|1994||Muriel’s Wedding||Rhonda Epinstall|
|1996||Children of the Revolution||Anna|
|1997||My Son the Fanatic||Bettina/Sandra|
|1997||My Best Friend’s Wedding||Samantha Newhouse|
|1998||Hilary and Jackie||Hilary du Pré|
|1998||Divorcing Jack||Lee Cooper|
|1998||Tulip||N/A||Writer and director|
|1999||Me Myself I||Pamela Drury|
|2001||Very Annie Mary||Annie Mary Pugh|
|2002||The Hard Word||Carol|
|2002||The Rookie||Lorri Morris|
|2003||Ned Kelly||Susan Scott|
|2006||Step Up||Director Gordan|
|2012||Underground: The Julian Assange Story||Christine Assange|
|2013||Saving Mr. Banks||Aunt Ellie|
|2016||Hacksaw Ridge||Bertha Doss|
|2016||Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child||General Lynex|
|2017||Don’t Tell||Joy Conolly|
|2017||The King’s Daughter||Abbess||Post-production|
|1993–1994||Secrets||Sarah Foster||13 episodes|
|1995||Police Rescue||Shelley||Episode: “Breaking Strain”|
|2001–2005||Six Feet Under||Brenda Chenowith||60 episodes|
|2004||Kath & Kim||Herself||Episode: “The Mango Espadrille”|
|2005||Angel Rodriguez||Nicole||Television movie|
|2006–2011||Brothers and Sisters||Sarah Walker||110 episodes|
|2008||Comanche Moon||Inez Scull||3 episodes|
|2010||Rake||Eddie Langhorn||Episode: “R vs Langhorn”|
|2013||Paper Giants: Magazine Wars||Dulcie Boling||2 episodes|
|2013||Camp||MacKenzie Granger||10 episodes|
|2014||House Husbands||Belle||Recurring role|
|2016||Indian Summers||Sirene||3 episodes|
|2016||Barracuda||Samantha Taylor||4 episodes|
|2017||When We Rise||Diane||Miniseries|
|2018||Dead Lucky||Grace Gibbs||Miniseries|
|2015||Nowhere Boys||Series 2, episode 8
Series 2, episode 9
Series 2, episode 10
|2016||Indian Summers||Series 2, episode 4|
|1987||Macbett||Victoria College Rusden Campus Drama|
|1988||Two Gentlemen of Verona||Victoria College Rusden Campus Drama|
|1988||The Inspector||Victoria College Rusden Campus Drama|
|1989||A Chaste Maid in Cheapside||Victoria College Rusden Campus Drama|
|1990||A Fantasy in Three Dreams||Victoria College Rusden Campus Drama|
|1991||Skin Deep||Victoria College Rusden Campus Drama|
|1991||Barbie Gets Hip||Also writer; one-woman show performed at Melbourne Fringe Festival|
|1994||The Grapes of Wrath||Melbourne Theatre Company|
|1994||The Sisters Rosensweig||Melbourne Theatre Company|
|1996–97||Sylvia||Sylvia||Melbourne Theatre Company|
|1998||A Doll’s House||Nora||Melbourne Theatre Company|
|2002||Proof||Catherine||Melbourne Theatre Company|
|2011–12||Other Desert Cities||Brooke Wyeth||Broadway debut; 261 performances|
|2012||8||Exclusive two night-run; readings in Melbourne and Sydney|
Rachel Griffiths Muriel’s Wedding
Muriel’s Wedding is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by P. J. Hogan. The film, which
stars actors Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Jeanie Drynan, Sophie Lee, and Bill Hunter, focuses on the socially awkward Muriel whose ambition is to have a glamorous wedding and improve her personal life by moving from her dead end home town, the fictional Porpoise Spit, to Sydney.
The film received multiple award nominations, including a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Collette).
Muriel Heslop (Toni Collette), who loves the music of ABBA, is the target of ridicule by the shallow and snobby girls she considers her friends for her awkwardness, fashion sense, and embarrassing antics. She also is a perpetual daydreamer who yearns for a glamorous wedding to a man who will help get her out of the dead-end seaside tourist town of Porpoise Spit, improve her personal life, and free her from her domineering father, Bill (Bill Hunter), a corrupt politician who verbally lashes out at his subservient wife, Betty, and their unambitious children at every opportunity. Meanwhile, Muriel’s “friends” plan a holiday to Hibiscus Island without her.
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While out to dinner, Muriel and her family run into Bill’s rumored mistress, Deidre Chambers, who has done well in a cosmetics pyramid scheme, and she recruits Muriel. The following day, Betty writes a blank check for Muriel to cash into the scheme. Instead, Muriel uses the check to withdraw $12,000 from her parents’ bank account to follow her supposed friends to Hibiscus Island; when they discover Muriel there, they angrily tell her to leave them alone.
Later on the island, Muriel runs into Rhonda Epinstalk (Rachel Griffiths), a fellow social outcast from her high school days who is more outgoing and adventurous. Rhonda confronts and dresses down Muriel’s former social group, who also bullied her in high school. During the trip, Muriel lies to Rhonda about being engaged.
At the end of her holiday, Muriel returns home and is confronted by Betty over the missing money. Muriel immediately leaves the house and moves to Sydney, where she shares a flat with Rhonda and changes her name to “Mariel.” She also gets a job at a video store and briefly dates an awkward but kind man, Brice Nobes, whom she meets at the store. During one wild weekend night, Rhonda suddenly falls down, apparently paralyzed. While waiting in the emergency room in Sydney, Muriel calls her family home and learns the Australian Federal Police are investigating her father for corruption. Rhonda discovers she has a malignant tumor pressing on her spine and requires urgent surgery.
Muriel then uses Rhonda’s health crisis as the basis of a deception to obtain a free photo shoot from a bridal shop. During one of Rhonda’s rehab sessions, Muriel promises that she will take care of Rhonda and that they will never need to return to their hometown. However, Rhonda later discovers that Muriel has tried on every wedding dress in Sydney and confronts her, forcing Muriel to confess the depth of her deceptions.
Rhonda’s cancer returns, necessitating more severe surgery and leaving her permanently paralyzed. Still desperate to get married, Muriel enters into a conspiracy to commit visa fraud, marrying South African swimmer David Van Arkle so that he can stay in Australia and compete in the upcoming Olympics; she is paid $5,000 by David’s parents for her part in the scheme.
At Muriel’s elaborate wedding, her former so-called friends serve as the bridesmaids; Muriel had asked Rhonda to be a bridesmaid but Rhonda turned her down, instead relegated to being a guest. Bill attends with Deidre. Betty arrives late to the wedding, missing the actual ceremony; Muriel doesn’t notice her at the back of the church and walks past. Rhonda moves back to Porpoise Spit with her mother as she can no longer live in Sydney without any help, and Muriel moves in with David. David soon makes his contempt for Muriel known, and Muriel realizes their relationship will always be platonic.
Meanwhile, back in Porpoise Spit, a distraught Betty accidentally shoplifts a pair of sandals from a supermarket. Bill arranges with the police for the charges to disappear and takes Betty home, where he announces his intention to divorce her and marry Deidre. Betty sets the backyard on fire (after constantly asking one of her sons to mow it), then commits suicide by taking sleeping pills.
Realising her constant marginalisation broke Betty’s will to live, Muriel breaks down. David comforts her, and they finally consummate their marriage. Her mother’s death has forced Muriel to take a hard look at her life, and the next morning, Muriel asks David, who has decided that he likes having her around, for a divorce. She leaves and wishes him good luck in the Olympics.
Bill asks Muriel to stay and help raise her siblings; she refuses. She repays $5,000 (the money she was paid for marrying David) of the $12,000 she stole, saying that she will repay the rest when she gets a job back in Sydney. She also states that she will no longer put up with his rude and emotionally abusive treatment of her and her siblings. Although a little taken aback by her new, more assertive personality, he nonetheless respects her decision and gives her his blessing to move back to Sydney.
Muriel visits Rhonda at her mother’s house, where Muriel’s former tormentors are also condescendingly visiting, and offers to take her back to Sydney. Rhonda accepts and tells off the other girls once again. They take a taxi to the airport and happily ride off to a more promising future.
Rachel Griffiths Six Feet Under
Six Feet Under is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan Ball. It premiered on the premium cable network HBO in the United States on June 3, 2001, and ended on August 21, 2005, spanning five seasons and 63 episodes. It depicts the lives of the Fisher family, who run a funeral home in Los Angeles, and their friends and lovers.
The ensemble drama stars Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew St. Patrick, and Rachel Griffiths as the central characters. It was produced by Actual Size Films and The Greenblatt/Janollari Studio, and was shot on location in Los Angeles and in Hollywood studios.
Six Feet Under received widespread critical acclaim, particularly for its writing and acting, and consistently drew high ratings for the HBO network. It has been included on TIME magazine’s “All-TIME 100 TV Shows”, as well as Empire magazine’s “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time” list. The show’s finale has also been described as one of the greatest television series finales. It won numerous awards, including nine Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and a Peabody Award.
Rachel Griffiths Net Worth
She has collected a net worth of $6 million throughout her career. In 1998, Rachel Griffiths was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.