Mary Rose Byrne (born 24 July 1979) is an Australian actress. Byrne made her screen debut in 1992 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. From 2007 to 2012, she played Ellen Parsons in the cable television series Damages, which earned her two Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations. Along with co-star Glenn Close, she appeared in all of the show's fifty-nine episodes. Byrne has also starred in the films Troy, 28 Weeks Later, Knowing, Insidious, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Apocalypse, as well as the comedies Get Him to the Greek, Bridesmaids, Neighbors, its sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Spy.
Byrne at the Australian premiere
of I Give It A Year, 2013
|Born||Mary Rose Byrne
24 July 1979
Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
|Residence||Manhattan, New York City, US|
|Education||University of Sydney
Atlantic Theatre Company
|Partner(s)||Bobby Cannavale (2012–present)|
Byrne was born in Balmain, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, 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. In a 2009 interview, Byrne stated that her mother is an atheist, while both she and her father are agnostics.
Byrne attended Balmain Public School and Hunters Hill High School before attending Bradfield College in Crows Nest. She later moved to Newtown and Bondi. 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, which was 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, such as 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, the last of which gained her the Volpi Cup for "Best Actress" at the 2000 Venice Film Festival. Byrne revealed in a post-award interview that, prior to winning the Venice Film Festival award, she was surprised by her own performance and found it confronting watching the film because her acting was "too depressing". Byrne admitted that "watching myself is confronting because I'm convinced I can't act and I want to get out, that's how insecure I am."
Byrne 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.
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 co-lead in the James Wan horror film Insidious, which premiered in September 2010 at the Toronto International Film Festival and received a wide theatrical release on 1 April 2011.
Byrne also starred in the Kristen Wiig comedy Bridesmaids, released on 13 May 2011. She received overwhelmingly positive reviews for her portrayal of Helen, Kristen Wiig's rival.  She played Moira MacTaggert in the X-Men spin-off X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn. The movie opened 3 June 2011.
In 2013, Byrne appeared in the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines, with Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, and appeared in the comedy, The Internship, opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson; and The Turning, a short film installment in a Tim Winton omnibus feature. Byrne also played the newlywed wife in I Give It a Year, a comedy about the trials and tribulations of a couple during their first year of marriage.
Byrne worked again with fellow Australians James Wan and Leigh Whannell for the sequel to Insidious (the original film grossed US$97 million after a production budget of US$1.5 million was invested by Wan and Whannell). Insidious: Chapter 2 was released on Friday, 13 September 2013, and also featured actors Patrick Wilson and Lin Shaye. The film received mixed reviews from critics and became the biggest opening day in US box office history for the month of September following its release. Insidious: Chapter 2 was a financial success grossing over US$160 million against a budget of US$5 million.
In 2014, Byrne starred in the comedy film Neighbors, alongside Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. The film received positive reviews and went on to become a box office success. A remake of the 1982 classic, Annie, featured Byrne playing the role of Grace Farrell, Mr. Stacks' colleague. Byrne's performance was mostly praised with reviewers calling her the surprise highlight of the movie. In 2015, Byrne co-starred with Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law and Jason Statham in the hit comedic action tale Spy, and in 2016, she reprised her role as Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: Apocalypse.
In 2016, Rebecca Skloot (author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) announced that Byrne would be playing Skloot in the HBO film adaptation of her book. The film will also star Oprah Winfrey and Reneé Elise Goldsberry. She will be starring alongside Sandra Bullock, Rachel Weisz, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Zooey Deschanel and Anna Kendrick in We Are Your Fist.
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.
Rose Byrne was in a relationship with Australian writer, director and actor Brendan Cowell for over six years. Cowell moved from Sydney to New York City, following Byrne's success on Damages. The relationship ended in January 2010.
Byrne lives in New York and has said of this stage in her life that she remains insecure about a stable career, saying, "I don't think that insecurity ever leaves you. You're a freelancer. There's always an element of uncertainty."
|1994||Dallas Doll||Rastus Sommers|
|2000||My Mother Frank||Jenny|
|2000||The Goddess of 1967||B.G.|
|2002||Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones||Dormé|
|2002||City of Ghosts||Sabrina|
|2003||I Capture the Castle||Rose Mortmain|
|2003||The Night We Called It a Day||Audrey Appleby|
|2003||The Rage in Placid Lake||Gemma Taylor|
|2003||Take Away||Sonja Stilano|
|2004||Wicker Park||Alex Denver|
|2005||The Tenants||Irene Bell|
|2006||Marie Antoinette||Yolande de Polastron||La Duchesse de Polignac|
|2006||The Dead Girl||Leah||Segment "The Sister"|
|2007||28 Weeks Later||Major Scarlet Levy|
|2008||Just Buried||Roberta Knickle|
|2008||The Tender Hook||Iris|
|2010||I Love You Too||Drunk Passenger||Cameo|
|2010||Get Him to the Greek||Jackie Q|
|2011||Bridesmaids||Helen Harris III|
|2011||X-Men: First Class||Moira MacTaggert|
|2012||The Place Beyond the Pines||Jennifer Cross|
|2013||I Give It a Year||Nat Redfern|
|2013||The Internship||Dana Simms|
|2013||The Turning||Raelene||Segment: "The Turning"|
|2013||Insidious: Chapter 2||Renai Lambert|
|2014||This Is Where I Leave You||Penny Moore|
|2015||The Meddler||Lori Minervini|
|2016||Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising||Kelly Radner|
|2016||X-Men: Apocalypse||Moira MacTaggert|
|1995||Echo Point||Belinda O'Connor|
|1997||Fallen Angels||Siobhan||Episode: "Lerve, Lerve, Lerve"|
|1997||Wildside||Heidi Benson||2 episodes|
|1999||Big Sky||Angie||Episode: "A Family Affair"|
|1999||Heartbreak High||Carly Whitely||3 episodes|
|2000||Murder Call||Sarah Watson||Episode: "Still Life"|
|2007–2012||Damages||Ellen Parsons||All 59 episodes|
|2013||Portlandia||Fred's date||Episode: "Soft Opening"|
|2013||Hollywood Game Night||Herself||Episode: "Purr-ty People"|
|2016||Last Week Tonight||Chloe||Episode: "Season 3, Episode 20"|
|2016||No Activity||Elizabeth||5 episodes|
|2017||The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks||Rebecca Skloot||Television film|
|2000||La Dispute||Adine||Sydney Theatre Company|
|2001||Three Sisters||Irina||Sydney Theatre Company|
|2014–15||You Can't Take It with You||Alice Sycamore||Longacre Theatre|
|2016||Speed-the-Plow||Karen||Rosyln Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay Sydney (Sydney Theatre Company Limited)|
|2000||"Black the Sun"||Alex Lloyd|
|2002||"I Miss You"||Darren Hayes|
|2007||"Digital Versicolor"||Glass Candy|
Awards and nominationsEdit
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