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Rose Byrne Career, Filmography and Awards

Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne also known as Mary Rose Byrnewas born in 1979. She is an Australian actress. Byrne made her screen debut in 1992 with a small role in the film Dallas Doll. 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.

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, Knowing, Insidious, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Apocalypse, as well as the comedies Get Him to the Greek, Bridesmaids, Neighbors, its sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Spy.

Byrne was born in Balmain,she is of Irish and Scottish descent. She is the daughter of Jane, a primary school administrator, Robin Byrne, a semi-retired statistician and market researcher. 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.

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

Rose Byrne Career

Acting Career

Byrne was cast in her first film role, when she was 13 years old. 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, 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.”

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.

Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne

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. 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,  starred as Alex with Josh Hartnett and Diane Kruger in the romantic psychological thriller Wicker Park.

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 directed by Karen Moncrieff.

In 2007, she played Cassie, the pilot in Danny Boyle’s science fiction suspense film Sunshine; 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, a Canadian dark comedy written and directed by Chaz Thorne.

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 and received a wide theatrical release on 1 April 2011.

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. She played Moira MacTaggert in the X-Men spin-off X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn. The movie opened 3 June 2011.

In 2013, Byrne appeared in the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines, with Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, 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. 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.

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. 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 and in 2016, she reprised her role as Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: Apocalypse.

In 2016, Rebecca Skloot 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.

Rose Byrne Filmography


  1. Dallas Doll
  2. Two Hands
  3. My Mother Frank
  4. The Goddess of 1967
  5. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
  6. City of Ghosts
  7. I Capture the Castle
  8. The Night We Called It a Day
  9. The Rage in Placid Lake
  10. Take Away
  11. Troy
  12. Wicker Park
  13. The Tenants
  14. Marie Antoinette
  15. The Dead Girl
  16. Sunshine
  17. 28 Weeks Later
  18. Just Buried
  19. The Tender Hook
  20. Knowing Diana Wayland
  21. Adam
  22. I Love You Too
  23. Get Him to the Greek
  24. Insidious
  25. Bridesmaids
  26. X-Men: First Class
  27. The Place Beyond the Pines
  28. I Give It a Year
  29. The Internship
  30. The Turning
  31. Insidious: Chapter 2
  32. Neighbors
  33. Adult Beginners
  34. This Is Where I Leave You
  35. Annie
  36. Unity
  37. Spy
  38. The Meddler
  39. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
  40. X-Men: Apocalypse
  41. Peter Rabbit

Rose Byrne Awards

  • Venice Film Festival Award for Volpi Cup (Best Actress)
  • Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor- Female
  • AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • AFI International Award for Best Actress
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  • AFI International Award for Best Actress
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  • Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
  • IGN Summer Movie Award for Best TV Actress
  • Best Acting Ensemble Bridesmaids
  • Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
  • New York Film Critics Online Awards for Best Cast
  • Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast Won
  • Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
  • MTV Movie Award for Best Jaw Dropping Moment
  • MTV Movie Award for Best Cast Nominated
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
  • Fright Meter Award for Best Actress
  • Scream Award for Best Horror Actress
  • Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actress
  • AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role The Turning
  • Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor- Female
  • MTV Movie Award for Best Scared-
  • MAXMARA Face of The Future Award
  • Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in a Comedy
  • MTV Movie Award for Best WTF Moment
  • MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
  • MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
  • AACTA Trailblazer Award
  • Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
  • Georgia Film Critics’ Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
  • Utah Film Critics’ Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
  • Village Voice Film Poll for Best Supporting Actress