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Also Known As: Rachel Anne Griffiths Died:
Born: December 18, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Melbourne, Victoria, AU Profession: actor, dancer, screenwriter, producer, director

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Australian actress Rachel Griffiths burst onto the big screen as Toni Collette's spitfire sidekick in the sleeper hit "Muriel's Wedding" (1994) before going on to appear in over a dozen Australian, British and American films including "Hilary and Jackie" (1998), "Blow" (2001) and "Ned Kelly" (2004). In 2001, the actress - best known for emotional and intellectual characters - was perfectly cast in the highly acclaimed HBO series "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05), earning a number of award nominations for her five-season run as a woman weighted down by the effects of a dysfunctional family. She turned around to join another dysfunctional family - this time as its anchor - on "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006-2011) and was again nominated for a Golden Globe award in 2007. Griffiths had a successful run on the popular show until the network decided to end it, allowing the actress to make her Broadway debut and return to making feature films which never failed to showcase her unique onscreen appeal.

Australian actress Rachel Griffiths burst onto the big screen as Toni Collette's spitfire sidekick in the sleeper hit "Muriel's Wedding" (1994) before going on to appear in over a dozen Australian, British and American films including "Hilary and Jackie" (1998), "Blow" (2001) and "Ned Kelly" (2004). In 2001, the actress - best known for emotional and intellectual characters - was perfectly cast in the highly acclaimed HBO series "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05), earning a number of award nominations for her five-season run as a woman weighted down by the effects of a dysfunctional family. She turned around to join another dysfunctional family - this time as its anchor - on "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006-2011) and was again nominated for a Golden Globe award in 2007. Griffiths had a successful run on the popular show until the network decided to end it, allowing the actress to make her Broadway debut and return to making feature films which never failed to showcase her unique onscreen appeal.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Tulips (1999) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
2.
 Beautiful Kate (2009)
3.
 Step Up (2006)
4.
 Angel Rodriguez (2006)
5.
 Ned Kelly (2004) Mrs Scott
6.
 Plainsong (2004) Maggie
7.
 Hard Word, The (2002) Carol
8.
 Rookie, The (2002) Lorri
9.
 Very Annie Mary (2001) Annie Mary
10.
 Blow (2001) Ermine Jung
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Milestones close milestones

1991:
Joined the Australian theater group Woolly Jumpers
1991:
First role in the short film "Barbie Gets Hip"; screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival
1993:
Played leading role in the Australian TV series, "Secrets"
1994:
Breakthrough screen role in P.J. Hogan's "Muriel's Wedding"; co-starred with Toni Collette as best friends and fellow outcasts
1996:
Re-teamed with Collette for the Austrailan film "Cosi"
1996:
Feaured role as the ill-mannered pig farmer's wife in Michael Winterbottom's "Jude"
1997:
Had leading role in the British film "My Son the Fanatic"
1997:
Re-teamed with P.J. Hogan to play a supporting role in "My Best Friend's Wedding"
1998:
Co-starred in "Divorcing Jack," playing a woman who works for a strip-o-gram firm
1998:
Directed (also produced and wrote) the 14-minute short "Tulip"
1998:
Had one of her best screen roles as flautist Hilary du Pre, the older sister of famed cellist Jacqueline du Pre (played by Emily Watson) in the biopic "Hilary and Jackie"
1999:
Played a single magazine writer who seemingly enters a parallel world where she finds herself married with children in "Me Myself I"
2001:
Cast in the title role of "Very Annie Mary"
2001:
Portrayed Johnny Depp's hysterical mother in "Blow"
2001:
First major series role on American Television, playing Brenda Chenowith on the award-winning HBO series, "Six Feet Under"
2002:
Portrayed Dennis Quaid's wife in "The Rookie"
2003:
Cast as the female lead in the dark comedy "The Hard Word"
2004:
Starred with Heath Ledger, Naomi Watts and Geoffrey Rush in the Australian crime drama "Ned Kelly"
2006:
Cast as the eldest sibling in the ABC drama, "Brothers and Sisters"
2008:
Played Inez Scull in the CBS mini-series of Larry McMurtry's "Comanche Moon"
2011:
Cast in her Broadway debut in the society drama, "Other Desert Cities"
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Education

Star of the Sea College: -
University of Melbourne: - 1990
University of Melbourne: - 1990

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Jason Byrne. Assistant director. Met during filming of "Hilary and Jackie"; engaged; no longer together; reportedly broke up because he wanted her to settle in England.
companion:
Eric Stoltz. Actor. Reportedly dated during filming of "Very Annie-Mary"; no longer together.
companion:
Andrew Taylor. Painter. Fellow Aussie; engaged May 2002; married New Year's Eve 2002 in Melbourne, Australia.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Edward Griffiths. Odd-job man. Abandoned family c. 1978; divorced from Griffith's mother.
mother:
Anna Griffiths. Arts and education consultant, art teacher. Remarried.
brother:
Sam Griffiths.
son:
Banjo Patrick Taylor. Born November 22, 2003; father is Andrew Taylor.
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