Full Name: Mary Rose Byrne

Description: Actress, Australia

Known For: 2011 X-Men: First Class – 2012 The Place Beyond the Pines

Location: NSW, Australia

Date Born: 24th July 1979
Location Born: Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Web Site: Rose Byrne Source (fansite)

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Rose Byrne

An Australian actress.

Byrne made her screen debut in 1994 with a small role in the film Dallas Doll. In 2000, she played a leading role in the Australian film The Goddess of 1967, which brought her a Venice Film Festival award for Best Actress.

Since 2007, she has played Ellen Parsons in the cable television series Damages, which has earned her two Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations. She continued playing this role until the series finale which aired in September 2012.

Along with Glenn Close, she appeared in all of the show’s fifty-nine episodes. In 2011, she starred in the critically acclaimed and financially successful films Insidious, X-Men: First Class and Bridesmaids.

Byrne was born in Balmain, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, and is of Irish and Scottish descent. She is the daughter of Jane, a primary school administrator, and Robin Byrne, a semi-retired statistician and market researcher.

She is the youngest of their four children; she has an older brother, George, and two older sisters, Alice and Lucy. Both of her parents are atheists, and she describes herself as agnostic.

Byrne attended Balmain Public School and Hunters Hill High School before attending Bradfield College in Crows Nest. She began taking acting classes at age eight, joining the Australian Theatre for Young People and later attended the University of Sydney. In 1999, Byrne studied acting at the Atlantic Theatre Company developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy.

Byrne was cast in her first film role, Dallas Doll, when she was 13 years old. She has appeared in several Australian television shows including Heartbreak High and Echo Point, and the film Two Hands with Heath Ledger. She appeared in The Date, My Mother Frank, and Clara Law’s The Goddess of 1967 for which she was award the Volpi Cup for “Best Actress” at the 2000 Venice Film Festival.

She appeared as a guest in an episode of the police drama series Murder Call. On stage, she played a lead role in La Dispute and in a production of Anton Chekhov’s classic Three Sisters at the Sydney Theatre Company. In 2002, Byrne made her first appearance in a Hollywood film with a small role as Dormé, the handmaiden to Natalie Portman’s Senator Padmé Amidala, in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. She appeared the same year in City of Ghosts with Matt Dillon.

The year previously she had flown to the UK to shoot I Capture the Castle, Tim Fywell’s adaptation of the 1948 novel of the same title by Dodie Smith. In the 2003 release, she portrayed Rose Mortmain, the elder sister of Romola Garai’s Cassandra. In 2003, she starred in three Australian films: The Night We Called It a Day with Melanie Griffith and Dennis Hopper; The Rage in Placid Lake for which she was named Best Actress at the Australian Film Institute; and Take Away, another comedy.

In 2004, Byrne starred as Briseis in Wolfgang Petersen’s epic Troy. She then reunited with Peter O’Toole in the BBC TV drama Casanova. Byrne appeared with Snoop Dogg in Danny Green’s film The Tenants, based on Bernard Malamud’s novel, and starred as Alex with Josh Hartnett and Diane Kruger in the romantic psychological thriller Wicker Park.

In 2006, Byrne portrayed Gabrielle de Polastron, duchesse de Polignac, a French aristocrat and friend of Marie Antoinette, in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, with Kirsten Dunst, and appeared in The Dead Girl, directed by Karen Moncrieff.

In 2007, she played Cassie, the pilot in Danny Boyle’s science fiction suspense film Sunshine; followed by Scarlett Ross, an army medical officer in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s science fiction horror 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to Boyle’s 28 Days Later; then appeared in the independent film Just Buried, a Canadian dark comedy written and directed by Chaz Thorne. From 2007, Byrne starred as Ellen Parsons in the FX drama production Damages, which ran for five seasons. She appeared in the Australian film noir The Tender Hook with Hugo Weaving.

In 2009, Byrne co-starred with Nicolas Cage in the science fiction thriller Knowing. Later that year, she appeared in the indie film Adam, with Hugh Dancy. She appeared in the 2010 comedy film Get Him to the Greek, starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill, and she was joint lead in the James Wan horror film Insidious, which premiered in September 2010 at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on general release on 1 April 2011.

Byrne also starred in the Kristen Wiig comedy Bridesmaids, released on 13 May 2011.

She played Moira MacTaggert in the X-Men spin-off X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn. The movie opened 3 June 2011.

Byrne was the face of Max Factor between 2004 and 2006 and named in the Most Beautiful People of 2007 list in Who Magazine.

Byrne has supported UNICEF Australia by being the face of the 2007 Designers United campaign and a member of tropfest jury in 2006 and tropfest @ tribeca in 2007. She is a graduate and ambassador for NIDA’s (National Institute of Dramatic Art) Young Actors Studio.


1994 Dallas Doll Rastus Sommers
1999 Two Hands Alex
1999 Date, TheThe Date Sophie
2000 My Mother Frank Jenny
2000 Goddess of 1967, TheThe Goddess of 1967 BG Volpi Cup for Best Actress
2001 Pitch, TheThe Pitch Girl
2002 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Dormé
2002 City of Ghosts Sabrina
2003 I Capture the Castle Rose Mortmain
2003 Night We Called It a Day, TheThe Night We Called It a Day Audrey Appleby
2003 Monster Uncredited Role
2003 Rage in Placid Lake, TheThe Rage in Placid Lake Gemma Taylor Nominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
2003 Take Away Sonja Stilano
2004 Troy Briseis
2004 Wicker Park Alex
2005 Tenants, TheThe Tenants Irene Bell
2006 Marie Antoinette Gabrielle de Polastron, duchesse de Polignac
2006 Dead Girl, TheThe Dead Girl Leah
2007 Sunshine Cassie
2007 28 Weeks Later Major Scarlet Levy
2008 Just Buried Roberta Knickle
2008 Tender Hook, TheThe Tender Hook Iris a.k.a. The Boxer and the Bombshell
2009 Knowing Diana Wayland
2009 Adam Beth Buchwald
2010 I Love You Too Drunk Passenger Cameo[
2010 Get Him to the Greek Jackie Q
2011 Insidious Renai Lambert Nominated — 2011 Scream Awards for Best Horror Actress
2011 Bridesmaids
2011 X-Men: First Class Moira MacTaggert
2012 Unity Narrator Post-Production[30]
2012 The Place Beyond the Pines Jennifer Post-Production
2013 I Give It A Year


1995 Echo Point Belinda O Conor Lead character
1997 Fallen Angels Siobhan Guest (1 episode)
1997 Wildside Heidi Benson Guest (2 episodes)
1999 Big Sky Angie Guest (1 episode)
1999 Heartbreak High Carly Whitely Guest (3 episodes)
2000 Murder Call Sarah Watson Guest (1 episode)
2005 Casanova Edith BBC Mini series
2007–2012 Damages Ellen Parsons Lead character
2009 Chaser’s War on Everything, TheThe Chaser’s War on Everything Herself