Rose Byrne

First finding fame on TV’s ‘Damages,’ Rose Byrne has appeared in such hit films as ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘X-Men: First Class.’


Australian actress Rose Byrne made her film debut, Dallas Doll (1994), as a teenager. She later starred with Heath Ledger in 1999's Two Hands before landing parts in such big-budget films as Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) and Troy (2004). Byrne then starred on the popular legal series Damages from 2007 to 2012. She also enjoyed great success with the 2011 comedy movie Bridesmaids. Her recent films include Neighbors (2014), Annie (2014) and Adult Beginners (2014).

Early Career

Known for the hit comedy Bridesmaids and the TV series Damages, actress Rose Byrne was born in Sydney, Australia, on July 24, 1979. She is the youngest of four children. Around the age of 8, Byrne started taking acting classes at the Australian Theatre for Young People. She made her film debut in 1994's Dallas Doll, which starred Sandra Bernhard. After appearing on several Australian TV shows, such as Heartbreak High, Byrne starred opposite Heath Ledger in Two Hands (1999).

The following year, Byrne won a best actress award at the Venice Film Festival for her work in The Goddess of 1967. She was soon introduced to international film audiences with a small role in George Lucas's Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), and shortly thereafter she landed a part in the big-budget epic Troy (2004) starring Brad Pitt.

In 2006, Byrne appeared in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, then moved on to leading roles in Danny Boyle's science-fiction thriller Sunshine (2007) and the disease-driven horror tale 28 Weeks Later (2007) with Jeremy Renner and Robert Carlyle.

TV and Film Fame

In 2007, Byrne's career took off with her work on the small screen. She starred opposite Glenn Close in the legal drama Damages, playing lawyer Ellen Parsons. Her portrayal of Parsons earned her two Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations.

While on Damages, Byrne continued to take on film projects as well. She showcased her vocal skills by playing a pop star in the comedy Get Him to the Greek (2010) starring Russell Brand, and in 2011 she once again demonstrated her gift for humor, co-starring in the smash hit Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy. Byrne also appeared in another of that year's box office hits, X-Men: First Class, as scientist Moira MacTaggert. Tackling the horror genre, Byrne had success with Insidious that year as well.

After Damages ended its five-season run in 2012, Byrne continued to thrive as an actress. She co-starred with Seth Rogen as a married couple who battles with the frat house next door in 2014's Neighbors. That same year, Byrne had two other significant film roles. She appeared in the family dramatic comedy This Is Where I Leave You, with Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda and Tina Fey, and the musical remake of Annie with Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz.

Byrne also made her Broadway debut in 2014, appearing in You Can't Take It With You with James Earl Jones, and the following year she starred in the comedy Adult Beginners with Nick Kroll and real-life boyfriend Bobby Cannavale. Byrne also co-starred with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham in the hit comedic action tale Spy. More recently, Byrne starred opposite Susan Sarandon in The Meddler (2015), Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), and she returned to the mutant world in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).

Personal Life

Byrne is currently dating fellow actor Bobby Cannavale. They have been together since 2012. Over the years, the couple has worked together on such films as Annie (2014) and Adult Beginners (2015). Byrne was previously involved with Australian actor and writer Brendan Cowell.

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