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Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto

Birth Date: December 16, 1967

Birth Place: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Height: 5' 9"

Quote: "I'm so fair that I didn't go in the sun as a child. When all my friends were on the beach, I was going to ballet. The teachers there didn't like you going in the sun, so I never did."


Miranda Otto Biography

Daughter of Australian actor Barry Otto and graduate of the prestigious NIDA theatrical school (which spawned such down-under luminaries as Mel Gibson and Judy Davis), Miranda Otto's role as Eowyn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy had the four-time AFA nominated actress excited and overwhelmed. Likening the experience to being in The Wizard of Oz, Otto speculated that the trilogy will withstand the test of time, endearing itself to generations to come as a timeless fantasy for all ages.

Gaining critical recognition for roles in such films as The Girl Who Came Late (1991) and Gillian Anderson's Last Days of Chez Nous, Otto made her feature debut in Emma's War (1986). Otto's portrayal of a daughter who is blind to the crippling tolls that World War II has taken on her fragile mother led the actress to roles in many critically acclaimed but little-seen films. After a decade of powerful roles in Australian films, Otto gained Hollywood recognition in the late '90s with roles in Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line (1998) and as the mysterious neighbor in Robert Zemeckis' supernatural thriller What Lies Beneath (2000). In addition to her appearance in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Otto's other 2001 films include the offbeat comedy Human Nature, scripted by Charlie Kaufman. Her role as an affectionate French lab assistant proving without question that her comic skills were indeed as intact as her dramatic skills, it wasn't long before the offers were rolling in and Otto was deemed the new "it" girl.

Next turning up in the barely-released thriller Hypnotic (aka Doctor Sleep), Otto gained positive notice for her supporting role despite the fact that the film went largely unseen. Both that film and the subsequent indie-drama Julie Walking Home (2002) proved a perfect low-key balance to the grandiose second chapter in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. A bleak tale of a mother's desperate and unyielding last ditch attempts to save her cancer-stircken son when mainstream medicine fails him, Julie Walking Home ultimately proved too melodramatic for many though Otto was frequently singled out for praise by critics for her powerful and moving performance. In 2003 Otto re-teamed with Human Nature star Rhys Ifans for the quirky comedy Danny Deckchair}. The tale of a man who, desperate to escape his mundane day-to-day reality, takes to the sky by means of some large helium balloons and a sturdy deck chair, Donny Deckchair once again found the genre hopping Otto utilizing her comic abilities to charming effect as a parking cop who becomes the eponymous character's love interest.

Miranda Otto Filmography

War of the Worlds (2005) .... Mary Ann Ferrier
Flight of the Phoenix (2004) .... Kelly
"Through My Eyes" (2004) (mini) TV Series .... Lindy Chamberlain
In My Father's Den (2004) .... Penny
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) .... Eowyn
... aka Herr der Ringe: Die Rückkehr des Königs, Der (Germany)
... aka The Return of the King (USA: short title)
Danny Deckchair (2003) .... Glenda Lake
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) .... Eowyn
... aka Herr der Ringe: Die zwei Türme, Der (Germany)
... aka The Two Towers (USA: short title)
Julie Walking Home (2002) .... Julie Makowsky
... aka The Healer (Australia: Pay-TV title) (USA: DVD title)
... aka Julia wraca do domu (Poland)
... aka Julies Reise (Germany)
... aka Retour de Julie, Le (Canada: French title)
Doctor Sleep (2002) .... Clara Strother
... aka Close Your Eyes (USA)
... aka Hypnotic (International: English title)
"The Way We Live Now" (2001) (mini) TV Series .... Mrs. Hurtle
Human Nature (2001) .... Gabrielle
... aka Human Nature (France) (USA)
Volpe a tre zampe, La (2001) .... Ruth
... aka The Three-Legged Fox (USA)
What Lies Beneath (2000) .... Mary Feur
Kin (2000) .... Anna
The Jack Bull (1999) (TV) .... Cora Redding
The Thin Red Line (1998) .... Marty Bell
... aka Mince ligne rouge, La (Canada: French title)
In the Winter Dark (1998) .... Ronnie
Dead Letter Office (1998) .... Alice Walsh
Doing Time for Patsy Cline (1997) .... Patsy
True Love and Chaos (1997) .... Mimi
The Well (1997) .... Katherine
Love Serenade (1996) .... Dimity Hurley
Sex Is a Four Letter Word (1995) .... Viv
The Nostradamus Kid (1993) .... Jennie O'Brien
The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992) .... Annie
The Girl Who Came Late (1991) .... Nell Tiscowitz
... aka Daydream Believer
Heroes II: The Return (1990) (TV) .... Roma Page
The 13th Floor (1988) .... Rebecca
Initiation (1987) .... Stevie
... aka Zoomstone
Emma's War (1986) .... Emma Grange

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