THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
FRANCES O'CONNOR was last seen on
screen starring opposite Jude Law and Haley Joel Osment in Steven Spielberg's A.I.
for Warner Bros. Her portrayal of Monica
Swinton garnered her a 2001 AFI "Best Supporting Actress" Award
O'Connor is currently
working on Richard Donner's Timeline opposite Paul Walker and Gerard
Butler in Montreal. Frances will portray an archaeology grad
student who ventures to 14th century France to retrieve her professor where she
O'Connor's other film
credits include starring in About Adam, opposite Kate Hudson and Stuart
Townsend; "Bedazzled" opposite Brendan Fraser and
Elizabeth Hurley; Patricia Rozema's critically acclaimed Mansfield Park;
Bill Bennett's Kiss or Kill; Cherie Nowlan's Thank God He
Met Lizzie with Cate Blanchett, and Peter Duncan's A Little Bit of Soul with
Geoffrey Rush. O'Connor made her debut in Love and
Other Catastrophes, for which she was nominated for an AFI Award.
On television, O' Connor
starred opposite Greg Wise in the BBC's adaptation of Flaubert's classic novel, Madame
Bovary for PBS. Set in nineteenth-century
France, the tale of the romantic daughter of a country squire who throws herself
into love affairs and runs up ruinous debts to escape
her mundane country life. Her performance garnered her a 2001 Golden Globe
nomination for "Best Performance by an Actress
in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television." O'Connor's other
television credits include the television film, Halifax:
The Feeding and regular roles on such Australian series as Shark Bay,
and Law of the Land. O' Connor has also appeared on Frontline,
Snowy River: the McGregor Saga, and Blue Heelers. O' Connor
recently starred on stage in the West End production of
Tennessee Williams' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof opposite Brendan Fraser in
London. O'Connor played the role of
Maggie Pollitt and
Fraser played Brick. Tony Award winner Anthony Page directed. O' Connor's
other theatre work includes starringIn Peter Whelen's
"The Herbal Bed" with the Melbourne Theatre Company.
She will next appear in
John Woo's Windtalkers with Nicholas Cage, Christian Slater and Adam
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