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Rose Byrne

2001 (printed 2004)
Karin Catt

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 50.6 cm x 50.5 cm, image: 48.8 cm x 48.0 cm, frame: depth 4.3 cm)

Rose Byrne (b. 1979), actor, was raised in the Sydney suburbs of Balmain and Newtown, and joined the Australian Theatre for Young People at the age of eight. At thirteen she was cast in the Australian film Dallas Doll (released in 1995). Her breakthrough came playing opposite Heath Ledger in Two Hands (1999). In 2000 her performance in The Goddess of 1967 won her a best actress award at the Venice Film Festival. She proceeded to appear in such Hollywood productions as Star Wars Episode II: The Attack of the Clones (2002) and City of Ghosts (2003), and in the Australian films The Night We Called it a Day and The Rage in Placid Lake (both 2003). In 2004 she was in the thriller Wicker Park and the epic Troy; she starred in the BBC miniseries Casanova in 2005 and Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette in 2006. Beginning in 2007, she acted in five seasons of the television series Damages, gaining two Golden Globe nominations for her performance as a hard attorney. More recently, she has gained a reputation as a talented comedian through starring roles in the brash and ribald Get Him to the Greek (2010), Bridesmaids (2011), Neighbors (2014) and Spy (2015); and provided the voice of Jemima Puddle-Duck in Peter Rabbit (2018).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005
© Karin Catt

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Artist and subject

Karin Catt

Rose Byrne (age 22 in 2001)

Subject professions

Performing arts

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