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Rachel Griffiths



Injecting both sexy vitality and strong-minded intelligence into every role she plays, Rachel Griffiths is one of the screen's most interesting and unpredictable actresses. Since her breakthrough role as Rhonda in the 1994 Muriel's Wedding, Griffiths -- whose looks recall an off-kilter amalgam of Juliette Lewis and Juliette Binoche -- has earned international appreciation for her work, particularly in the form of the Oscar nomination she received for her performance in Hilary and Jackie (1998).



Born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, on June 4th, 1968, Griffiths grew up in Melbourne with her art consultant mother and two older brothers. A 1990 graduate of Victoria College, where she earned a Bachelor of Education degree in drama and dance, she began her career as a member of Woolly Jumpers, Inc., a community theatre group. She had her first success as the creator and performer of Barbie Gets Hip, which played at the 1991 Melbourne International Film Festival.

Griffiths' true breakthrough came courtesy of her film debut in P.J. Hogan's sleeper hit Muriel's Wedding. As the fast-living best friend of the film's titular heroine (Toni Collette), Griffiths gave a scene-stealing performance that earned her both the Australian Film Critics Award and the Australian Film Institute Award for best supporting actress. She followed this triumph in 1996 with a drastically different role, that of the earthy, ill-mannered pig farmer wife of the titular protagonist (Christopher Eccleston) in Michael Winterbottom's Jude.

After returning to Australia to star in two back-to-back comedies, Cosi (which had Griffiths sharing the screen with Muriel co-star Collette) and Children of the Revolution (both 1996), Griffiths re-teamed with director Hogan for a supporting role in My Best Friend's Wedding (1997). Her first major Hollywood film, it overshadowed her starring role in that same year's My Son the Fanatic, a romantic comedy that featured the actress in a tough, dynamic portrayal of a London prostitute who becomes involved with a Pakistani taxi driver (Om Puri).

Griffiths finally earned overdue recognition with her portrayal of the real life Hilary Du Pre, sister of famed cellist Jaqueline Du Pre, in Hilary and Jackie (1998). Cast opposite Emily Watson as Jackie, she gave a strong, understated performance and more than managed to hold her own against the prodigiously talented Watson, whose own performance was tremendously vibrant and forceful. The two actresses complemented one another so perfectly that they both earned Oscar nominations, Watson for Best Actress and Griffiths for Best Supporting Actress.

Griffiths found further success as the first-time director of Tulip, a short film about a man's readjustment to life after his wife's death. The film earned awards at a number of international film festivals and established Griffiths as a promising filmmaker. However, she quickly returned to working on the other side of the camera, starring in such little-seen films as Among Giants (1998), a romantic drama in which she played an Australian hitchhiker who finds adventure in the wilds of Sheffield.



Back in Australia, Griffiths won lavish acclaim for her role in Me Myself I (1999), in which she starred as a young woman who gets the opportunity to experience her own life in a parallel universe. Although the film came in for decidedly mixed reviews, critics were almost unanimous in their agreement over the strength of Griffiths' performance. The following year she could be seen in Blow Dry, a British comedy about two competing hair salons that featured her as a salon owner who becomes romantically involved with the ex- wife (Natasha Richardson) of her business rival.

Turning up opposite Johnny Depp in Blow the same year, Griffiths' rise to international stardom continued it's ascent as she took home the Best Supporting Actress in a television series award for her role in HBO's Six Fee

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
75% Mammal
  • Margaret
2015
83% Patrick: Evil Awakens
  • Matron Cassidy
2014
78% Saving Mr. Banks
  • Aunt Ellie
2013
74% Burning Man
  • Miriam
2012
No Score Yet Underground
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Underground
  • Actor
2012
83% Beautiful Kate
  • Sally Kendall
2009
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
  • Inez Scull
2008
19% Step Up
  • Director Gordon
2006
No Score Yet To Have and to Hold
  • Actor
2006
80% Angel Rodriguez
  • Nicole
2005
No Score Yet Plainsong
  • Maggie Jonas
2004
40% The Hard Word
  • Carol Twentyman
2003
56% Ned Kelly
  • Mrs. Scott
2003
No Score Yet After the Deluge
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina
  • Albertine
2002
73% Showboy
  • Herself
2002
83% The Rookie
  • Lorri Morris
2002
55% Blow
  • Ermine Jung
2001
19% Blow Dry
  • Sandra
2001
43% Amy
  • Tanya Rammus
2001
32% Very Annie Mary
  • Annie-Mary
2001
No Score Yet Divorcing Jack
  • Actor
2001
63% Me Myself I
  • Pamela Drury
2000
78% My Son the Fanatic
  • Bettina
1999
60% Among Giants
  • Gerry
1999
86% Hilary and Jackie
  • Hilary Du Pre
1998
No Score Yet Divorcing Jack
  • Lee Cooper
1998
28% Welcome to Woop Woop
  • Sylvia
1998
20% Since You've Been Gone
  • Sally Zalinsky
1998
71% My Best Friend's Wedding
  • Samantha Newhouse
1997
80% Children of the Revolution
  • Anna
1997
No Score Yet Cosi
  • Lucy
1997
No Score Yet To Have and to Hold
  • Kate Henely
1996
81% Jude
  • Arabella
1996
78% Muriel's Wedding
  • Rhonda
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
  • Sarah Sarah Whedon Sarah Walker
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Actor
No Score Yet Six Feet Under
2001-2005
  • Brenda Chenowith
26% Camp
2013
  • Mackenzie "Mack" Granger Mackenzie Greenfield
82% Indian Summers
2015-2016
  • Sirene
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet When We Rise
2016
  • Diane

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