Rose Byrne Biography

Rose Byrne is an award winning Australian actress. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her life.

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Birthday: July 24, 1979

Nationality: Australian

Famous: Actresses Australian Women

Age: 40 Years, 40 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Leo

Also Known As: Mary Rose Byrne

Born in: Balmain, Sydney, Australia

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'6" (168 cm), 5'6" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Brendan Cowell

father: Robin Byrne

mother: Jane Byrne

siblings: Alice Byrne, George Byrne, Lucy Byrne

children: Rocco Cannavale

City: Sydney, Australia

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education: University of Sydney, Hunters Hill High School, Australian Theatre for Young People, Bradfield College (Sydney)

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Mary Rose Byrne is an award winning Australian actress known for her roles in films such as 'The Goddess of 1967'. Her performance in the film won her a 'Venice Film Festival Award' for Best Actress. She is also known for her work in the American psychological thriller TV series 'Damages' where she played a main role. Born in Balmain, New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, she developed an interest in acting at a very early age. She began taking acting classes from the age of eight, and also became a member of the 'Australian Theatre for Young People'. Her first appearance on the big screen was in the film ‘Dallas Doll.’ After gaining popularity through Australian films, she made her first Hollywood appearance in 'Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones', where she played a minor role. Slowly as her popularity grew, she started gaining more prominent roles and proceeded to act in numerous films such as 'Troy', 'The Dead Girl' and 'X-Men: First Class'. Along with her brilliant acting skills, she is appreciated for her amazing looks as well. She was named in Who Magazine's 'Most Beautiful People of 2007' list.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Mary Rose Byrne was born on July 24, 1979 in Balmain, Sydney, Australia, to parents Jane and Robin Bryne. Her father was a statistician and market researcher, while her mother was an administrator in a primary school. Rose is the youngest of their four children.
  • She did her schooling from Balmain Public School, as well as 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 thirteen, with the film 'Dallas Doll' where she played a minor role. Then she 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 a lead role. Her performance was appreciated and won her an award for Best Actress at the 'Venice Film Festival'.
  • Slowly 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 two films 'The Rage in Placid Lake' and ' Take Away', playing significant roles in both films. However neither of the films did very well commercially.
  • In 2004, she appeared in a supporting role in 'Troy', an American epic war film loosely based on Homer's Iliad. The film was not only a commercial success but also became the 8th highest grossing film of the year. It won 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 appearance in the series has been her most significant work in her television career.
  • Throughout the next few years, she appeared in significant roles in the films ‘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 Mac Taggert.
  • Her fame peaked to newer heights and she continued playing important roles in many hit films throughout the years. In 2012, she appeared in the American comedy ‘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 having to deal with a troublesome family who moves into a nearby house.
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  • Her most recent 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.
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Major Works
  • ’The Goddess of 1967’ was one of the early works in Rose Byrne’s career. The film was directed by Clara Law, and it starred her 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 who are trying to safeguard the citizens of London from a deadly virus. The film was an average success commercially. 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 such as 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, along with actors 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 four awards.
Awards & Achievements
  • Throughout her career, 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'.
Personal Life
  • For several years, Rose Bryne 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 had a son, named Rocco, in 2016.
Net Worth
  • She has an estimated net worth of $16 million.

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1. Natural Beauties Who Don't Need No Make-Up

1. X: First Class (2011)

  (Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action)

2. Spy (2015)

  (Crime, Action, Comedy)

3. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

  (Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi)

4. Sunshine (2007)

  (Sci-Fi, Thriller, Adventure)

5. Adam (2009)

  (Romance, Drama)

6. Troy (2004)

  (Drama, Romance, History, Action)

7. The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

  (Thriller, Drama, Crime)

8. Two Hands (1999)

  (Thriller, Comedy, Crime)


MTV Movie & TV Awards
2015 Best WTF Moment Neighbors (2014)
2012 Best Gut-Wrenching Performance Bridesmaids (2011)

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