Born: Abbie Cornish
Date of Birth: 7 August 1982
Birth Place: Lochinvar, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 5′ 8″ (1,73 m)
Abbie Cornish (born 7 August 1982) is an Australian actress. She is well known in Australia for a number of film and television roles, particularly her award-winning lead performance in 2004’s Somersault, and internationally for her role as Fanny Brawne in Bright Star and her appearance as Sweet Pea in Sucker Punch.
Australian Abbie Cornish is an acclaimed young actress who has already made her mark in Hollywood. Cornish is best known for her starring roles in the independent Australian films Candy (2006), opposite Heath Ledger and Somersault (2004), with Sam Worthington. Both productions garnered her Best Lead Actress awards from the Film Critics Circle of Australia as well as great notice in the U.S. She was also awarded Best Lead Actress from the Australian Film Institute for Somersault and received a nomination for Candy.
Cornish most recently lent her voice to the animated film Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole directed by Zack Snyder. In spring 2011, Cornish will begin production on the indie drama film The Girl, directed by David Riker, which features a mother, played by Cornish, forced into running illegal immigrants across the border in order to protect her son.
In fall 2009, Cornish starred in Jane Campion’s period drama Bright Star, which was a true life adaptation of poet John Keats’ love affair with a young woman named Fanny Brawne. Cornish received a British Independent Film Award Best Actress nomination and received accolades from some of the most established critics in the US, UK and Australia. Bright Star premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for a Golden Palm Award. Cornish stars in Zack Snyder’s upcoming 3D sci-fi action film Sucker Punch, co-starring Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Emily Browning and Jamie Chung. The Warner Bros. film is scheduled to be released on March 25, 2011.
Cornish recently finished production in London on W.E., a film directed by Madonna about the relationship between King Edward VIII and divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson.
Cornish’s acting debut came at the age of fifteen on the Australian Broadcasting Company’s television series “Children’s Hospital.” Shortly thereafter, she co-starred on the ABC series “Wildside,” which garnered Cornish her first AFI honor in 1999. In 2003, Cornish earned her second AFI nomination for her guest role on the ABC mini-series “Marking Time.” She also appeared in Ridley Scott’s A Good Year, opposite Russell Crowe.
In 2007, she starred opposite Cate Blanchett as the Queen’s favorite lady-in- waiting in Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age for Universal Pictures. In 2008 Cornish starred as the female lead in the Paramount Pictures drama Stop Loss, directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry).