Childhood & Early Life
Mary Rose Byrne was born on July 24, 1979, in Balmain, Sydney, Australia, to Jane and Robin Byrne. Her father was a statistician and market researcher, while her mother was an administrator in a primary school. Rose is the youngest of four children.
She did her schooling at ‘Balmain Public School’ and ‘Hunters Hill High School.’ She later went to ‘Bradfield College’ in order to pursue her higher studies. She had also been taking acting classes from the age of eight. In 1999, she studied acting in the ‘Atlantic Theater Company.’
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Rose Byrne’s career began at the early age of 15 when she was cast to play a minor role in the film 'Dallas Doll.' She then started appearing in guest roles in several TV shows, such as 'Heartbreak High,' 'Fallen Angels,' and 'Echo Point.'
The first significant film in her career was 'The Goddess of 1967' where she played the lead role. Her performance was appreciated and won her an award for ‘Best Actress’ at the 'Venice Film Festival.'
Gradually, her popularity began to increase and in 2002, she made her entry into Hollywood. She appeared in the hit film 'Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones' in a minor role.
In 2003, she appeared in films like 'The Rage in Placid Lake' and ' Take Away,' playing significant roles in both films. However, neither of the film did well commercially.
In 2004, she appeared in a supporting role in 'Troy,' an American epic war film loosely based on Homer's ‘Iliad.’ It became the eighth highest-grossing film of the year and received an ‘Oscar’ nomination as well.
She continued playing significant roles in several films, such as 'The Tenants’ (2005), 'The Dead Girl' (2006), and '28 Weeks Later' (2007). In 2007, she also started playing a significant role in the American thriller TV series 'Damages.' Her performance in the series has been her most significant work in her television career so far.
Over the next few years, she appeared in significant roles in films like ‘Just Buried’ (2007), ‘Knowing’ (2009), ‘Get Him to the Greek’ (2010), and ‘Bridesmaids’ (2011). In 2011, she also played an important role in ‘X-Men: First Class,’ her first film in the ‘X-Men’ film series. She portrayed a CIA agent named Moira MacTaggert in the film.
Her fame peaked to newer heights and she continued playing important roles in many hit films. In 2013, she appeared in the American comedy film ‘The Internship.’
In 2014, she won an ‘AACTA Award’ for her role in the Australian film ‘The Turning.’ The same year, she played a main role in ‘Neighbors,’ an American comedy film about a couple who deals with a troublesome family who moves into a nearby house.
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Her other films include ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’ (2016) and ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ (2016). In 2017, she played a main role in the television film ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ which aired on HBO.
In 2018, she voiced the character of ‘Jemima Puddle-Duck/Bea’ in the live action animated comedy film ‘Peter Rabbit.’ The movie was a critical and box-office hit.
The same year, she played the lead in the film ‘Instant Family,’ appearing alongside the likes of Mark Wahlberg. The film follows the life of a couple who adopts three children.
In 2019, she was part of two movies, namely ‘I Am Mother’ and ‘Jexi.’ The same year, she also voiced ‘Martha’ in a short film titled ‘Martha the Monster.’
In 2019, it was announced that Rose would reprise her role as ‘Bea’ in ‘Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway,’ a sequel to the 2018 film ‘Peter Rabbit.’ In 2019, she was also cast to play ‘Faith Brewster’ in the political comedy film ‘Irresistible.’ The following year, she appeared as ‘Mel Paige’ in the comedy film ‘Like a Boss.’
‘The Goddess of 1967’ was one of Rose Byrne’s early works. The film, which was directed by Clara Law, starred Rose in the role of a blind girl who encounters a rich Japanese man on his way to Australia. The film won several awards. Byrne’s performance won her an award for ‘Best Actress’ at the ‘Venice Film Festival.’
Byrne played a significant role in the British science fiction horror film ‘28 Weeks Later.’ Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the film is about the efforts of NATO military forces to safeguard the citizens of London from a deadly virus. The film was an average commercial success. It received mostly positive reviews.
‘Bridesmaids,’ a 2011 American comedy, was one of the most important works in Byrne’s career. The film, which was directed by Paul Feig, was a huge commercial hit. The film won several awards as well as two ‘Oscar’ nominations.
Her role in the superhero film ‘X-Men: First Class’ was also much appreciated. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, the film starred actors like James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and January Jones. The film was a commercial hit and received five awards. It received mostly favorable reviews.
'Neighbors,’ a 2014 American comedy film, was also a significant work in Rose Byrne’s career. The film, which was directed by Nicholas Stoller, starred Rose Bryne in a main role. It also starred actors like Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Dave Franco. The film was a huge commercial success, and received mostly positive reviews from critics. It also won five awards.
Awards & Achievements
Over the years, Rose Byrne has won several significant awards. Some of them are ‘The Venice Film Festival Award’ for her role in the film ‘The Goddess of 1967’ in 2000, the ‘AFI International Award’ for ‘Best Actress’ for her role in the TV series ‘Damages’ in 2007, and ‘Utah Film Critics' Society Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her role in the film ‘Spy’ in 2015.
Rose Byrne was also named in ‘Who’ magazine's list of 'Most Beautiful People of 2007.'
For several years, Rose Byrne was in a relationship with Brendan Cowell, an Australian director, writer, and actor. However, they broke up in 2010.
In 2012, she started dating American actor Bobby Cannavale. They have two sons, namely Rocco (born in 2016) and Rafa (born in 2017).