Miranda Otto

Miranda Otto

Highest Rated: 100% In My Father's Den (2004)

Lowest Rated: 5% I, Frankenstein (2014)

Birthday: Dec 16, 1967

Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

A crimson-haired Aussie with a girl-next-door smile who was the daughter of prolific Australian actor Barry Otto, Miranda Otto cut her teeth on the stage after graduating from the prestigious theatrical school NIDA (which boasts alumnae including Mel Gibson, Judy Davis and Cate Blanchett) and went on to appear in a spate of Australian films beginning in 1986 with an appearance as the title character in "Emma's War." She subsequently earned Australian Film Institute award nominations for her work in Gillian Anderson's "The Last Days of Chez Nous" (1992), along with "The Well" (1997) and "In The Winter Dark" (1998). She also received an Australian Film Critics Circle Award nominations for her performance in "The Last Days of Chez Nous," and "Love Serenade" (1996), which won the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Making her American debut in "The Thin Red Line" (1998), director Terrence Malick's Oscar-nomionated meditation on war, Otto quickly caught the attention of Hollywood filmmakers and the actress snared high-profile supporting roles in the HBO Western telepic "The Jack Bull" (1999) opposite John Cusack, and director Robert Zemeckis' "What Lies Beneath" (2000) opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford. But by far her biggest international exposure came when she joined the ensemble of director Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, bowing as beautiful, battle-ready Eowyn in the second instalment, "The Two Towers" (2002) and returning for the finale, "The Return of the King" (2003). In between, she appeared opposite Rhys Ifans in writer-director Jeff Balsmeyer's offbeat Australian film "Danny Deckchair" (2003), a tale inspired by a true story, as a female parking officer who falls for a man who lands in har yard after taking to the sky in a lawnchair tied to balloons. Next for Otto was the New Zealand-made mystery "In My Father's Den" (2004) and then she headlined the Aussie TV miniseries "Through My Eyes" (2004) as Lindy Chamberlain, the real-life woman suspected in her baby's disappearance after she claimed a dingo carried the child off (the inspiration for the Meryl Streep film "A Cry in the Dark"). Back in Hollywood, she starred opposite Dennis Quaid in the remake of "Flight of the Phoenix" (2004) as an oil engineer among the survivors of a downed military aircraft. Then it was on to a brief but effective role as Tom Cruise's ex-wife in Steven Spielberg's remake of the sci-fi classic "War of the Worlds" (2005). Otto settled into a steady career as a character actress in both film and television, appearing in soapy miniseries "The Starter Wife" (USA 2007), Darren Star's short-lived "Cashmere Mafia" (ABC 2008), and the American version of popular Australian legal comedy-drama "Rake" (Fox 2014) as well as Australian dramas "In Her Skin" (2009), "Blessed" (2009) and "South Solitary" (2010). Brazilian drama "Reaching for the Moon" (2013), Tim Winton anthology "The Turning" (2013) and science fiction fantasy "I, Frankenstein" (2014) followed, along with a supporting role in Tommy Lee Jones' Western drama "The Homesman" (2014). Otto's supporting role opposite Geoffrey Rush in "The Daughter" (2015) won her an AATCA Award in her native country, which she followed with key roles in a season each of espionage drama "Homeland" (Showtime 2011- ) and "24: Legacy" (Fox 2017). After appearing in supernatural horror "Annabelle: Creation" (2017) and science fiction romance "Zoe" (2017), Otto returned to series television as Aunt Zelda on "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" (Netflix 2018- ).

Highest rated movies

In My Father's Den
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Love Serenade
The Turning
The Last Days of Chez Nous
In the Winter Dark




37% 14% Downhill Charlotte (Character) $8.3M 2020
29% 25% The Silence Kelly Andrews (Character) - 2019
47% 72% The Chaperone Ruth St. Dennis (Character) $599.6K 2018
32% 60% Zoe The Designer (Character) - 2018
71% 67% Annabelle: Creation Esther Mullins (Character) $102.1M 2017
77% 62% The Daughter Charlotte (Character) $26.4K 2015
80% 53% The Homesman Theoline Belknap (Character) $2.4M 2014
5% 38% I, Frankenstein Leonore (Character) $19.1M 2014
86% 54% The Turning Sherry (Character) - 2013
66% 69% Reaching for the Moon Elizabeth Bishop (Character) - 2013
67% 68% South Solitary Meredith Appleton (Character) - 2010
85% 69% Blessed Bianca (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 45% In Her Skin Elizabeth Barber (Character) - 2009
75% 42% War of the Worlds Mary Ann (Character) $234.3M 2005
30% 40% Flight of the Phoenix Kelly (Character) $21.0M 2004
100% 89% In My Father's Den Penny Prior (Character) - 2004
55% 77% Danny Deckchair Glenda Lake (Character) $159.3K 2003
46% 35% Hypnotic Clara Strother (Character) $39.4K 2003
93% 86% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Eowyn of Rohan (Character) $377.8M 2003
29% 51% Julie Walking Home Julie (Character) - 2002
95% 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Eowyn of Rohan (Character) $342.6M 2002
49% 61% Human Nature Gabrielle (Character) $695.9K 2001
47% 58% What Lies Beneath Mary Feur (Character) $155.4M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kin Anna (Character) - 2000
80% 73% The Jack Bull Cora Redding (Character) - 1999
83% 57% In the Winter Dark Ronnie (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 69% Dead Letter Office Alice Walsh (Character) - 1998
81% 80% The Thin Red Line Marty Bell (Character) $36.4M 1998
78% 43% Doing Time for Patsy Cline Patsy (Character) - 1997
56% 60% The Well Katherine (Character) $9.3K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet True Love and Chaos Mimi (Character) - 1997
90% 81% Love Serenade Dimity Hurley (Character) $600.2K 1996
No Score Yet 43% The Nostradamus Kid Jennie O'Brien (Character) - 1993
86% 80% The Last Days of Chez Nous Annie (Character) $764.2K 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heroes II: The Return Roma Page (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl Who Came Late Nell Tiscowitz (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daydream Believer Nell Tiscowitz (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 29% The 13th Floor Rebecca (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Emma's War Emma Grange (Character) - 1986


No Score Yet No Score Yet Fires Unknown (Character) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unusual Suspects Unknown (Character) 2021
81% 70% Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Zelda Spellman (Character) 2018-2020
60% 54% 24: Legacy Rebecca Ingram (Character) 2017
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2017
85% 86% Homeland Alison Carr (Character) 2015
68% 70% Rake Maddy Deane (Character) 2014
No Score Yet 91% Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Lydia Andrews (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 0% Cashmere Mafia Juliet Draper (Character) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Starter Wife Cricket Stewart (Character) 2007