Rachel Griffiths

Biography

Rachel Griffiths (born June 4, 1968) is a Golden Globe-winning, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-nominated Australian film and television actress. Despite her background, Griffiths is known best for her portrayals of two American characters, Brenda Chenowith in HBO's Six Feet Under and as Sally Field's TV daughter and Calista Flockhart's sister, Sarah Walker Whedon in ABC's blockbuster drama, Brothers & Sisters. Born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Griffiths grew up in Melbourne with her art consultant mother and two older brothers. After earning a Bachelor of Education degree in drama and dance at Victorian College of the Arts, she began her career as a member of Woolly Jumpers, a community theatre group. She had her first success as the creator and performer of Barbie Gets Hip, which played at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 1991. Griffiths and Toni Collette were relative unknowns when they were cast as best friends and fellow outcasts in the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding. Her performance won her critical acclaim and both the Australian Film Critics Award and the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actress. She followed this triumph in 1996 with the role of an earthy, ill-mannered pig farmer's wife in Michael Winterbottom's Jude. In 1997, Griffiths sparked a controversy after attending the opening of the Crown Casino topless and uninvited, her stated reasoning being the protest of the apparently one-sided views taken by the media and state government towards the new casino, and inspired by the story of Lady Godiva.[1] Griffiths joined forces again with Muriel director P. J. Hogan for her American film debut, My Best Friend's Wedding, in 1997. That same year she starred in My Son the Fanatic, a British film in which she portrayed a tough London prostitute who becomes involved with a considerably older Pakistani taxi driver played by Om Puri. Griffiths received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of real-life flautist Hilary du Pré opposite Emily Watson as her sister, famed cellist Jacqueline "Jackie" du Pre, in Hilary and Jackie (1998). Showing convincing range, she portrayed Johnny Depp's hysterical mother in 2001's "Blow", opposite Ray Liotta. In 2001, Griffiths was cast as one of the leads in Six Feet Under. Her performance as emotionally-scarred massage therapist Brenda Chenowith earned her Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as two Emmy Award nominations, in the second season, the actress missed four episodes due to her pregnancy. By the end of the show's run, she appeared in almost every episode of the series, making her a big star. At present, she is part of the ensemble cast, co-starring alongside Sally Field and Calista Flockhart, of the dramatic series Brothers & Sisters, in which she portrays Sarah Walker Whedon, who inherits control of the family business after her father's death. Griffiths is adept at accents, notably English, American, and Welsh. Griffiths married Australian artist Andrew Taylor, on December 31, 2002 in Melbourne (her mother's brother, a Jesuit priest, officiated at the wedding). They have two children, son Banjo Patrick, born November 22, 2003 in Melbourne, and daughter Adelaide Rose, born June 23, 2005 in Los Angeles, California, thus giving the younger child dual US/Australian citizenship. Her second pregnancy was written into the final season of Six Feet Under. (This bio came from Wikipedia.com)

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The Hard Word

Carol

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Patrick

Matron Cassidy

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Hilary And Jackie

Hilary Du Pré

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Beautiful Kate

Sally

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Divorcing Jack

Lee Cooper

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Jude

Arabella

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Me Myself I

Pamela Drury

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Underground: The Julian Assange Story

Christine Assange

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Very Annie Mary

Annie Mary Pugh

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Cosi

Lucy

Starring In
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Anyone But You

Innie

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The King's Daughter

Head Abbess

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Don't Tell

Joy Conolly

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The Osiris Child

General Lynex

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Hacksaw Ridge

Bertha Doss

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Mammal

Margaret

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Saving Mr. Banks

Aunt Ellie

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Patrick

Matron Cassidy

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Underground: The Julian Assange Story

Christine Assange

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Burning Man

Miriam

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Beautiful Kate

Sally

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Step Up

Director Gordon

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Ο «Άγγελος» Του Δρόμου

Nicole

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Plainsong

Maggie Jonas

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Ned Kelly

Susan Scott

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The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina

Albertine (voice)

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Showboy

Herself

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The Rookie

Lorri Morris

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The Hard Word

Carol

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Blow Dry

Sandra

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Blow

Ermine Jung

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Very Annie Mary

Annie Mary Pugh

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Hilary And Jackie

Hilary Du Pré

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Divorcing Jack

Lee Cooper

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Oscarverleihung 1999

Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

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Me Myself I

Pamela Drury

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Among Giants

Gerry

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Amy

Tanya Rammus

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Welcome to Woop Woop

Sylvia

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My Best Friend's Wedding

Samantha Newhouse

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Children Of The Revolution

Anna

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My Son the Fanatic

Bettina / Sandra

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Jude

Arabella

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Cosi

Lucy

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Muriel's Wedding

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