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ROSE BYRNE (Alex), a Sydney native, has the chameleon-like ability to take on drastically different characters from film to film. With her ethereal beauty, screen presence, and natural talent, she is well on her way to a long and prosperous Hollywood career.

Byrne was most recently seen as Briseis in the epic film Troy, the story of the Trojan War as depicted in Homer's poem The Iliad. Troy, directed by Wolfgang Petersen, also stars Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Julie Christie, Peter O'Toole, Sean Bean and Diane Kruger. The film was shot in London, Malta, and Mexico.

Byrne gained international recognition when she was cast as Amidala's (Natalie Portman) loyal handmaiden, Dormé, in George Lucas' Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Dormé has gone on to cult status, with a Dormé Forever web forum devoted to her as well as an online petition to toy makers Hasbro for a Dormé action figure to be released. Byrne followed Star Wars with a starring role in I Capture the Castle, a 1930's English romance based on the book by Dodie Smith.

Byrne starred in several Australian television shows while earning her degree from the Australian Theatre for Young People. She since commenced an Arts degree at Sydney University. In 1999, Rose rocketed to fame in Australia with her role as Alex in Gregor Jordan's gritty crime comedy Two Hands, which also starred the then relatively unknown Heath Ledger. The film was a hit and won both public and critical acclaim.

Byrne's next film was her first lead role, in Clara Law's surreal The Goddess of 1967, for which she was awarded the Copa Volpi for Best Actress at the 1999 Venice International Film Festival. Next up for Byrne was the critically acclaimed My Mother Frank, which also starred Sinead Cusack, Sam Neill and Matthew Newton.

Byrne travels back and forth between Los Angeles and Sydney. When she has a break from filming, she enjoys spending her time reading, hiking, and relaxing at home.


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