Spent first three years of life living in Washington, DC where her father did research on breast cancer
Family returned to live in an affluent Sydney suburb
Studied dance at age three
Non-professional acting debut as a sheep in a Nativity play at age four
Began acting at age 10
Made Australian film debut in "Bush Christmas"
Appeared in Australian teen film "BMX Bandits"
Cast as Annie on the series "Five Mile Creek" (Disney Channel); appeared on the last 12 episodes of the series
Starred on the Australian stage in "Steel Magnolias" and "Spring Awakening"
Cast as a rock star who falls for a windsurfer in "Windrider"
Reteamed with director Duigan on the Australian telefilm "Room to Move"
Gave breakthrough TV performance in the Kennedy-Miller miniseries "Vietnam"; reportedly underwent a six-and-a-half-hour improvisational audition to land the role; episodes directed by John Duigan and Chris Noonan
Breakthrough screen role as Sam Neill's young wife in the thriller "Dead Calm," directed by Philip Noyce
Offered terrific turn as a woman duped into carrying drugs who is caught and imprisoned in Australian miniseries "Bangkok Hilton"
Teamed again with John Duigan on "Flirting"; best pal Naomi Watts also in cast
U.S. film debut, "Days of Thunder" opposite future husband Tom Cruise
Gave a strong performance as a mobster's mistress in the underappreciated "Billy Bathgate," directed by Robert Benton
Co-starred as an Irish lass who heads to Oklahoma with her lover (Cruise) in the Ron Howard directed "Far and Away"
Starred opposite Michael Keaton in the drama "My Life"
Cast as a young wife who desperately wants a child in "Malice"
Portrayed the love interest of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the overblown "Batman Returns"
Delivered a critically-acclaimed portrayal of a brutally ambitious weather girl in Gus Van Sant's black comedy "To Die For"
Played Isabel Archer in Jane Campion's sumptuous (but ineffectual) adaptation of Henry James' "The Portrait of a Lady"; Campion had originally offered her the role then made her audition for the part
Offered a fearsomely serious approach to her role as Dr. Julia Kelly, acting head of the White House Nuclear Smugling Group, in the action thriller "The Peacemaker"
Made London stage debut in David Hare's "The Blue Room," where the actress briefly appeared nude; show transferred to NYC in November marking Kidman's Broadway debut
Co-starred with Sandra Bullock as sisters who happen to be witches in "Practical Magic"
Starred opposite Cruise as a husband and wife experiencing marital discord in the Stanley-Kubrick directed "Eyes Wide Shut"; filmed over a 14-month period from November 1996 to January 1998
Had singing and dancing role as the courtesan Satine opposite Ewan McGregor in the Baz Luhrmann directed "Moulin Rouge!"; reportedly beat out Courtney Love for the role; received first Best Actress Oscar nomination
Played a high-strung mother in the period thriller "The Others," written and directed by Alejandro Amenabar
Recorded "Somethin' Stupid" with singer Robbie Williams; had Number One hit record in Great Britain
Cast as Virginia Woolf in "The Hours," the feature adaptation of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer-winning novel; received a SAG nomination for her performance
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January)
Co-starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in "The Human Stain," an adaptation of Philip Roth's novel
Announced as the new celebrity spokeswoman for Chanel No. 5, the top selling fragrance in the world
Starred with Jude Law in Anthony Minghella's "Cold Mountain"; received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a dramatic role
Played a woman on the run from the mob, hiding out in a small town in "Dogville" directed by Lars von Trier
Co-starred with Matthew Broderick in the remake of ''The Stepford Wives,'' Bryan Forbes' 1975 cult classic about upper-crust women being replaced by robots with sunny dispositions
Starred in "Birth" with Cameron Bright and Lauren Bacall as a woman who becomes convinced that a ten year old boy is the reincarnation of her dead husband; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Lead Actress (Drama)
Starred opposite Sean Penn in Sydney Pollack's "The Interpreter"
Cast as Samantha in the big-screen adaptation of "Bewitched"
Portrayed photographer Diane Arbus in "Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus"
Co-starred with Daniel Craig in "The Invasion," a film based on the 1956 film "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"
Portrayed a neurotic writer who disapproves of her sister's fiancé (Jack Black) in director Noah Baumbach's "Margot at the Wedding"
Played the villainous Mrs. Coulter in "The Golden Compass," a film adaptation of the first part of <i>His Dark Materials</i> trilogy
Re-teamed with director Baz Luhrmann for the epic "Australia"; also co-starred with Hugh Jackman
Played Daniel Day-Lewis' muse in Rob Marshall's musical adaptation of the Broadway play "Nine"
Co-starred with Aaron Eckhart in John Cameron Mitchell's indie drama "Rabbit Hole"
Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead ("Rabbit Hole")
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture ¿ Drama ("Rabbit Hole")
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role ("Rabbit Hole")
Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture ¿ Drama
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Turned in a comedic performance in "Just Go with It" opposite Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston
Co-starred with Nicolas Cage in crime drama "Trespass"
Portrayed WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn opposite Clive Owen's Ernest Hemingway in HBO romantic drama "Hemingway & Gellhorn"
Co-starred with Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey in Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy"
Co-starred with Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode in drama thriller "Stoker"