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Miranda Otto



Daughter of Australian actor Barry Otto and graduate of the prestigious NIDA theatrical school (which spawned such down-under luminaries as Mel Gibson and Judy Davis), Miranda Otto's role as Eowyn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy had the four-time AFA nominated actress excited and overwhelmed. Likening the experience to being in The Wizard of Oz, Otto speculated that the trilogy will withstand the test of time, endearing itself to generations to come as a timeless fantasy for all ages.

Gaining critical recognition for roles in such films as The Girl Who Came Late (1991) and Gillian Anderson's Last Days of Chez Nous, Otto made her feature debut in Emma's War (1986). Otto's portrayal of a daughter who is blind to the crippling tolls that World War II has taken on her fragile mother led the actress to roles in many critically acclaimed but little-seen films. After a decade of powerful roles in Australian films, Otto gained Hollywood recognition in the late '90s with roles in Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line (1998) and as the mysterious neighbor in Robert Zemeckis' supernatural thriller What Lies Beneath (2000). In addition to her appearance in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Otto's other 2001 films include the offbeat comedy Human Nature, scripted by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich). Her role as an affectionate French lab assistant proving without question that her comic skills were indeed as intact as her dramatic skills, it wasn't long before the offers were rolling in and Otto was deemed the new "it" girl.

Next turning up in the barely-released thriller Hypnotic (aka Doctor Sleep), Otto gained positive notice for her supporting role despite the fact that the film went largely unseen. Both that film and the subsequent indie-drama Julie Walking Home (2002) proved a perfect low-key balance to the grandiose second chapter in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. A bleak tale of a mother's desperate and unyielding last ditch attempts to save her cancer-stircken son when mainstream medicine fails him, Julie Walking Home ultimately proved too melodramatic for many though Otto was frequently singled out for praise by critics for her powerful and moving performance. In 2003 Otto re-teamed with Human Nature star Rhys Ifans for the quirky comedy Danny Deckchair. The tale of a man who, desperate to escape his mundane day-to-day reality, takes to the sky by means of some large helium balloons and a sturdy deck chair, Donny Deckchair once again found the genre hopping Otto utilizing her comic abilities to charming effect as a parking cop who becomes the eponymous character's love interest.



In the years to follow, Otto would find no shortage of varied and interesting roles, enjoying TV success with shows like Cashmere Mafia and the mini-series The Starter Wife, as well as in movies like In Her Skin and Blessed.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Annabelle 2
  • Actor
2017
83% The Daughter
  • Charlotte Finch
2017
85% The Turning
  • Sherry
2015
81% The Homesman
  • Theoline Belknap
2014
3% I, Frankenstein
  • Leonore
2014
66% Reaching for the Moon
  • Elizabeth Bishop
2013
No Score Yet In Her Skin
  • Elizabeth Barber
2011
85% Blessed
  • Bianca
2009
No Score Yet The Starter Wife
  • Cricket Stewart
2007
78% Doing Time for Patsy Cline
  • Patsy
2006
74% War of the Worlds
  • Mary Ann
2005
100% In My Father's Den
  • Penny Prior
2005
No Score Yet H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds: An Historical Perspective of the H.G. Wells Classic Book
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds: The Real Story
  • Actor
2005
30% Flight of the Phoenix
  • Kelly
2004
No Score Yet The Healer
  • Julie
2004
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Eowyn of Rohan
2003
55% Danny Deckchair
  • Glenda Lake
2003
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Éowyn
2002
46% Close Your Eyes
  • Clara Strother
2002
49% Human Nature
  • Gabrielle
2002
No Score Yet Initiation
  • Actor
2002
43% Julie Walking Home
  • Julie
2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Eowyn
2001
No Score Yet La Volpe a Tre Zampe (The Three-Legged Fox)
  • Actor
2001
46% What Lies Beneath
  • Mary
2000
80% The Jack Bull
  • Cora Redding
1999
78% The Thin Red Line
  • Marty Bell
1998
83% In the Winter Dark
  • Ronnie
1998
No Score Yet Dead Letter Office
  • Alice
1998
56% The Well
  • Katherine
1998
90% Love Serenade
  • Dimity Hurley
1997
No Score Yet True Love and Chaos
  • Mimi
1997
No Score Yet The Nostradamus Kid
  • Jennie O'Brien
1993
91% The Last Days of Chez Nous
  • Annie
1991
No Score Yet 13th Floor
  • Rebecca
1988
No Score Yet Initiation
  • Stevie
1987
No Score Yet Emma's War
  • Emma Grange
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
80% 24: Legacy
2017
  • Rebecca Donovan
89% Westworld
2015-2016
  • Virginia Pittman
90% Homeland
2011
  • Allison Carr
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Mrs, Hurtle Mrs. Hurtle
66% Rake
2014
  • Maddy Deane Maddy

Quotes from Miranda Otto's Characters