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|Birth Place:||Blacktown, New South Wales, AU||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Raised in Blacktown, a suburb of Sydney, Australia
Made performing debut at age 14 in a school production of "Godspell"
Left school to pursue an acting career
Worked with the Australian Theatre for Young People
Attended college for a year and a half; left to work on the Sydney stage
Feature acting debut, "Spotswood/The Efficiency Expert"
Acted in the Australian TV series "A Country Practice"
Won international attention as the title character in Australian comedy "Muriel's Wedding"; gained 40 pounds for the role
Portrayed the young version of the title character in the Australian film "Lilian's Story"
Co-starred with Gwyneth Paltrow in "Emma"; directed by Douglas McGrath
Essayed lead role of Diana Spencer in Australian film "Diana and Me"
Featured in "Velvet Goldmine" as the wife of a glam rocker played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Delivered strong supporting turn in the Australian film "The Boys"
Co-starred as the mother of a psychic child in "The Sixth Sense"; received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress
Made Broadway debut in "The Wild Party," a musical by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe; received Tony nomination as Actress in a Musical
Appeared in John Singleton's remake of "Shaft"
Co-starred as Beth, a woman facing the end of her marriage, in the HBO adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning play "Dinner With Friends"
Co-starred with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson in "Changing Lanes"
Played a struggling single mother opposite Hugh Grant in the comedy "About a Boy"; received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Appeared as a 1950s housewife troubled by secrets in "The Hours"
Starred as a geologist in "Japanese Story"
Co-starred as a narcissistic and manipulative English bombshell starlet in "The Last Shot"
Co-starred with Nia Vardalos in the comedy "Connie and Carla"; writtten by Nia Vardalos and directed by Michael Lembeck
Co-starred with Cameron Diaz in drama feature "In Her Shoes," based on the book of the same name by Jennifer Weiner
Co-starred with Greg Kinnear and Steve Carell in hit comedy "Little Miss Sunshine"; received Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical
Co-starred with Robin Williams in an adaptation of Armistead Maupin's novel "The Night Listener"
Released debut album <i>Beautiful Awkward Pictures</i>, recorded with her band The Finish
Played an aid worker in "Tsunami: The Aftermath," a two-part HBO/BBC joint production that dramatized events following the 2004 tsunami in Asia; received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series
Cast in Michael Cunningham's film adaptation of Susan Minot's novel "Evening"
Co-starred in Alan Ball's directorial debut "Towelhead"
Played a wife and mother of two with Dissociative Identity Disorder on Showtime series "United States of Tara"; earned SAG (2009) and Emmy (2010) nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Co-starred with Colin Farrell in remake of 1985 horror "Fright Night'
Cast in biographical drama "Hitchcock," starring Anthony Hopkins
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