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ROSE BYRNE BIOGRAPHY

Rose was born on July 24, 1979 in Sydney, Australia. She landed her first role in a movie, Dallas Doll, when she was 12 years old. Over the next few years, Rose appeared in a variety of Australian television series including high school drama Heartbreak High, as well as Echo Point, the short-lived Network Ten challenger to Home and Away. She also had a number of guest roles in drama series including GP, Big Sky, Wildside and Murder Call. During this period, Rose graduated from the Australian Theatre for Young People. She has since commenced an Arts degree at Sydney University.

In 1999, Rose rocketed to fame in Australia with her role as Alex in Gregor Jordan’s gritty crime comedy Two Hands, which also starred the then relatively unknown Heath Ledger. The film was a hit and won both public and critical acclaim.Rose’s next film was her first lead role in Clara Law’s surreal The Goddess of 1967 – the goddess being a Citroen DS car. Rose was awarded the Copa Volpi for Best Actress at the 1999 Venice International Film Festival for her outstanding portrayal as BG. Next up for Rose was the critically acclaimed My Mother Frank, which also starred Sinead Cusack, Sam Neill and Matthew Newton.

Her first experince on a big-budget movie came when she played handmaiden to Natalie Portman in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. In 2001 she featured in the The Pitch, a notorious sub 3 minute short film directed by Nash Edgerton which was created as the trailer for Tropfest 2001. She also appeared in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of La Dispute, performing on stage at nights after being up since 4am working on Star Wars. The international exposure from Star Wars, along with a visit to LA to screen test for a few roles, led to Rose being cast in a raft of films, including a small part in Matt Dillon’s directorial debut City of Ghosts, filmed primarily in Cambodia; and a feature role in the Samuel Goldwyn/BBC co-production I Capture the Castle, a 1930’s English romance based on the book by 101 Dalmatians author Dodie Smith.

Rose has also been busy filming in Australia in recent times, and this year saw the release of three local films in which she featured – The Rage In Placid Lake; The Night We Called It A Day, ; and Take Away. Also featured in former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes’ music video for his single I Miss You which was realeased earlier this year. In January this year, she returned from Montreal, Canada, where she wrapped up filming of the psychological drama Wicker Park, also starring Josh Hartnett and Diane Kruger. She made headlines with the news that she had been cast in the role of Briseis in the upcoming big budget epic film Troy, the story of the Trojan War based on Homer’s poem The Iliad as well as other historical sources.
 


















 

 
 

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