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Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004)

Karin Catt

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 50.6 cm x 50.6 cm, image: 48.9 cm x 48.1 cm)

Nicole Kidman AC (b. 1967), actor, began her film career as a teenager in the Australian ventures Bush Christmas and BMX Bandits (1983). After a strong performance in the TV mini-series Vietnam (1987) she starred in Dead Calm (1989). Her Hollywood debut came in Days of Thunder (1990), starring Tom Cruise. In 1995 she played Batman's ravishing girlfriend in Batman Forever, but also established her prodigious acting talent in To Die For, for which she won her first Best Actress Golden Globe. After Stanley Kubrick’s swansong Eyes Wide Shut, she won another Golden Globe for Moulin Rouge (2000). For her performance in The Hours (2002) she became the first Australian woman to win an acting Oscar and was named Best Actress at the BAFTAs and the Berlin Film Festival. In recent years Kidman has starred in very diverse ventures including Lars von Trier’s Dogville (2003), the comedy Bewitched (2005), Baz Luhrmann’s epic Australia (2008), the Australian drama The Railway Man (2013), the children’s film Paddington (2012), the drama Lion (2016) and Sophia Coppola’s thriller The Beguiled (2017). In 2017 she took out both the Emmy and the Golden Globe for her acting in Big Little Lies. Renowned worldwide for her elegance, she has appeared in advertisements for Chanel, Omega, Jimmy Choo and Etihad Airways.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005
© Karin Catt

Accession number: 2005.106

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Karin Catt

Nicole Kidman AC (age 35 in 2002)

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Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

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Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.