Anna Paquin Biography

Anna Paquin is a Kiwi film, theatre and television actress known for her roles in movies like ‘The Piano’, ‘Fly Away Home’, and ‘X-Men. This biography provides detailed information about her childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

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Birthday: July 24, 1982

Nationality: Canadian, New Zealander

Famous: Quotes By Anna Paquin Bisexual

Age: 37 Years, 37 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Leo

Also Known As: Anna Helene Paquin

Born Country: Canada

Born in: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Height: 5'5" (165 cm), 5'5" Females

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Spouse/Ex-: Stephen Moyer

father: Brian Paquin

mother: Mary Paquin

siblings: Andrew (1977) Katya

children: Billy, Lilac

City: Winnipeg, Canada

Founder/Co-Founder: Paquin Films

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education: Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School, Wellington Girls' College Windward School Columbia University,

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Anna Paquin is a Canadian-born Kiwi film, theatre and television actress known for her roles in movies like ‘The Piano’, ‘Fly Away Home’, and ‘X-Men.’ She entered the world of big screen as a child artist in ‘The Piano’ for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the age of 11. She had not planned to become an actress, it just happened that way. Following her success in her debut film, she received many offers for roles which she declined in order to focus on her studies. However, at the age of 14 she returned to the movie world by accepting roles in ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Fly away Home.’ She played the powerful mutant Rogue in the first of the X-Men series, ‘X-Men’ in 2000, a role which catapulted her to worldwide fame. She portrayed the same character in the sequels ‘X2’ and ‘X-Men: The Last Stand.’ She also made appearances on the small screen, notably, as Elaine Goodale in ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’ for which she received her first Emmy nomination. Offers of roles in other T.V shows followed and she was cast in the HBO series ‘True Blood’ and a CBS T.V film ‘The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler.’

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Her career as an actress began in 1991 when nine year old Anna auditioned for a role in Jane Campion’s movie ‘The Piano.’ Campion was very impressed by Anna even though the little girl had no prior experience in acting. Anna was selected and the movie was released in 1993.
  • In 1996, she acted in two movies; first as the young Jane in ‘Jane Eyre’ and the second as Amy Alden in the family drama and comedy ‘Fly Away Home.’
  • She starred in many other films as a teenager: ‘Hurlyburly’ (1998), ‘A Walk on the Moon’ (1999), ‘She’s All that’ (1999), and ‘Almost Famous’ (2000).
  • She bagged the role of Rogue, a powerful mutant, in ‘X-Men’ (2000), the first movie of the series, and following its success, played the same role in its sequels ‘X2’(2003) and ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ (2006).
  • She formed a production company ‘Paquin Films’ in collaboration with her brother Andrew, and co-produced and starred in the romantic comedy ‘Blue State’ in 2007.
  • She made her first T.V appearance in HBO’s T.V film ‘Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee’ in 2007 where she played Elaine Goodale, a reformer from New England, scoring her first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.
  • She got her first role in a T.V series when she was cast as Sookie Stackhouse in the T.V drama series ‘True Blood’ in 2008. The series focuses on the adventures of Sookie, a waitress with telepathic powers.
  • In 2009, Paquin played the lead role in another T.V film, ‘The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler’ a biographical film based on the life of a Polish social worker who helped thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.
  • In spite of being a talented actress, she has also had her share of flops. Her 2010 film ‘The Romantics’, a romantic comedy was an utter failure at the box office.
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  • She appeared in a cameo in the film ‘Scream 4’ in 2011 and lent her voice to the character of Kristin in an episode of ‘Phineas and Ferb.’ Her drama film ‘Margaret’ which was scheduled for release in 2007 but had been delayed due to legal reasons was finally released in 2011.
  • She did not act in any movies during 2012 due to her pregnancy and the subsequent birth of her twin kinds.
Major Works
  • Paquin’s biggest success came as a child artist when she was cast as Flora McGrath, the daughter of a mute pianist, in Jane Campion’s ‘The Piano’ (1993). The film was a commercial as well as a critical success.
  • Her comedy drama film ‘Almost Famous’ (2000), which covered the story of a teenage journalist received positive reviews from critics and bagged several Oscar nominations.
  • Her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress, in the T.V drama series ‘True Blood’ (2008) was greatly appreciated by industry experts and she received many awards and nominations for this role.
  • In ‘Margaret’ (2009), she played the role of Lisa Cohen, a teenage student who gets involved in a lengthy lawsuit to avenge for the wrongful death of a woman. Paquin bagged several awards and nominations for the film.
Awards & Achievements
  • She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for playing Flora McGrath in her debut film, ‘The Piano’ in 1993 when she was just 11.
  • In 2008, she was awarded the Satellite Award for Best Actress – Drama Series for the T.V series ‘True Blood.’ She also won the Golden globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for the same.
  • She was named Actress of the Year by the London Film Critics Circle in 2011 for her film ‘Margaret.’
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • She married actor and director, Stephen Moyer in 2010. They have twin kids. Moyer also has two children from previous relationships.
  • She has publicly come out as bisexual and an advocate for LGBT equality. She also supports charities like the Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • She is second youngest actress ever to win an Academy Award at 11, only behind Tatum O’Neal who won the award at 10.
  • Her hobbies include photography, swimming, skiing, reading, and knitting.
  • She is a vegetarian and loves pets.

1. The Irishman (2019)

  (Biography, Crime, Drama)

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

  (Thriller, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action)

3. Almost Famous (2000)

  (Adventure, Comedy, Music, Drama)

4. 25th Hour (2002)


5. The Piano (1993)

  (Romance, Drama, Music)

6. X2 (2003)

  (Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller)

7. X-Men (2000)

  (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi)

8. Finding Forrester (2000)



Academy Awards(Oscars)
1994 Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Piano (1993)
Golden Globe Awards
2009 Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama True Blood (2008)

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