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Frances O'Connor
Frances O'Connor

Birth Date: June 12, 1969

Birth Place: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK

Height: 5' 8½"

Quote: "We all like to think we are in control of our lives, but I don't think we are."

 

Frances O'Connor Biography

First impressing an international audience with her award-winning portrayal of Nikki, a con artist with a tumultuous past in Kiss or Kill (1997), Frances O'Connor has emerged as one of Australia's most talked-about young performers. The daughter of a nuclear physicist father and pianist mother, O'Connor trained at the West Australia Academy for the Performing Arts. Like so many other Australian actors, she got her start on television, earning an Australian Film Institute award nomination for her role in an episode of the forensic pathology drama Halifax f.p.. Her nomination led to her being cast in the successful romantic comedy Love and Other Catastrophes (1996); her portrayal of a university student undergoing a messy break-up with her girlfriend (Radha Mitchell) was responsible for her second AFI nomination.

The acclaim surrounding O'Connor's work opened a number of doors for her, one of which led to Kiss or Kill, a romantic thriller that met with critical success both in Australia and overseas. The actress' giddy, haunting performance in the film earned her both her third AFI nomination (she earned her fourth that same year for her work in Thank God He Met Lizzie, a romantic comedy starring Cate Blanchett, and a Best Actress award at the Montreal Film Festival. Further acclaim greeted O'Connor the following year with Patricia Rozema's adaptation of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park . Although the film -- which injected the story with lesbian subtext, plenty of cleavage, and a dollop of nudity to boot -- sparked controversy among Austen purists, O'Connor's portrayal of thoughtful and spirited heroine Fanny Price was one of the few aspects of Mansfield Park that earned almost unanimous approval.

She followed up her success with About Adam (2000), a romantic comedy that cast her as one of a group of siblings who are all seduced by a charming stranger (Stuart Townsend) brought home by their sister (Kate Hudson). Her supporting work in the limited-release film was nothing, however, when compared to her role in 2001's long-gestating sci-fi morality play A.I. Hand-picked by director Steven Spielberg to play the mother of an android boy with uniquely human qualities, O'Connor was poised to reach her largest audience to date.

Frances O'Connor Filmography

Poetic Unreason (2007) .... Laura Riding
Three Dollars (2005) .... Tanya Harnovey
The Lazarus Child (2004) .... Alison Heywood
Book of Love (2004) .... Elaine Walker
Iron Jawed Angels (2004) (TV) .... Lucy Burns
Piccadilly Jim (2004)
Timeline (2003) .... Kate Ericson
Windtalkers (2002) .... Rita
The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) .... Gwendolen
... aka Importance d'être constant, L' (France)
Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001) .... Monica Swinton
... aka A.I. Artificial Intelligence (USA: poster title)
Bedazzled (2000) .... Alison Gardner/Nicole Delarusso
... aka Teuflisch (Germany)
About Adam (2000) .... Laura Owens
Madame Bovary (2000) (TV) .... Emma Bovary
Mansfield Park (1999) .... Fanny Price
A Little Bit of Soul (1998) .... Kate Haslett
Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997) .... Jenny
... aka The Wedding Party (USA: video title)
Kiss or Kill (1997) .... Nikki Davies
"Frontline"
... aka Behind the Frontline
... aka Breaking News (USA)
- I Get the Big Names (1997) TV Episode .... Kristy
Love and Other Catastrophes (1996) .... Mia
"Blue Heelers"
- An Act of Random Violence (1996) TV Episode .... Gabe Greenway
- Dog Days (1996) TV Episode .... Gabe Greenway
- All Part of the Service (1996) TV Episode .... Gabe Greenway
"Shark Bay" (1996) TV Series .... Dr. Jane
"Snowy River: The McGregor Saga"
... aka Banjo Paterson's The Man from Snowy River
- A New Life: Part 1 (1995) TV Episode .... Rachel Macalister
- A New Life: Part 2 (1995) TV Episode .... Rachael Macalister
Bathing Boxes (1995) .... 2nd woman
"The Damnation of Harvey McHugh"
- Heaven Knows Mr McHugh (1994) TV Episode .... Georgina
Halifax f.p: The Feeding (1994) (TV) .... Frances
"Law of the Land" (1993) TV Series .... Marissa Green (1993)

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