Profile: Rose Byrne
Born: July 24, 1979, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 5' 6¼"
Dating: Australian actor/writer Brendan Cowell
Quote: "That's the most fun for an actor, too, to tell a story in a spontaneous kind of way. Because it's a lot more interesting to watch unfold and kind of honest."
Rose Byrne Biography
Rose Byrne, a Sydney native, has the chameleon-like ability to take on drastically different characters from film to film. With her ethereal beauty, screen presence, and natural talent, she is well on her way to a prosperous Hollywood career. Paul McGuigan, who directs Byrne in "Wicker Park,' describes her as “incredible” and “the best actress [he’s] worked with.”
Byrne will next star in the psychological drama "Wicker Park" alongside Josh Hartnett and Diane Kruger. The story centers on a man caught in an obsessive search for a women he fell in love with while being manipulated by a woman (Byrne) who tries to keep them apart.
Byrne gained recognition when she was cast as Amidala’s (Natalie Portman) loyal handmaiden, Dormé, in George Lucas’ "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones." Dormé has gone on to cult status, with a Dormé Forever web forum devoted to her, as well as an online petition to Hasbro for a Dormé action figure. Byrne followed "Star Wars' with a starring role in "I Capture the Castle," a 1930’s English romance.
Over the next few years, Byrne starred in several Australian television shows while earning her degree from the Australian Theatre for Young People. She has since commenced an Arts degree at Sydney University. In 1999, Byrne rocketed to fame in Australia with her role as Alex in Gregor Jordan’s gritty comedy "Two Hands," which also starred the then relatively unknown Heath Ledger. The film was a hit and won both public and critical acclaim.
Byrne’s next film was her first lead role in Clara Law’s surreal "The Goddess Of 1967," for which she was awarded the Copa Volpi for Best Actress at the 1999 Venice International Film Festival. Next up for Byrne was the critically acclaimed "My Mother Frank," which also starred Sinead Cusack and Sam Neill.
Byrne travels back and forth between LA and Sydney. When she has a break from filming, she enjoys spending her time reading, hiking, and relaxing at home.
Rose Byrne Filmography
Wicker Park (2004)--Alex
Take Away (2003)--Sonja Stilano
The Rage In Placid Lake (2003)--Gemma Taylor
The Night We Called It a Day (2003)--Audrey Appleby
I Capture the Castle (2003)--Rose Mortmain
City of Ghosts (2002)--Sabrina
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)--Dormé
The Pitch (2001)--Girl
The Goddess of 1967 (2000)--B.G.
My Mother Frank (2000)--Jenny
Two Hands (1999)--Alex
The Date (1999)--Sophie
"Echo Point" (1995) TV Series--Belinda O'Connor
Dallas Doll (1994)--Rastus Sommers
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