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ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE

Touted as Australian film's most accomplished up-and-coming actress, ABBIE CORNISH (Bess Throckmorton) won the attention of critics and audiences alike with her sensual, steamy performance in Cate Shortland's Somersault. A stirring glimpse into a 16-year-old girl's escape into serial sex, Somersault swept the board at the 2004 Australian Film Institute Awards, winning every single feature-film award, including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Abbie. Cornish also won the FCCA Award for Best Female Actor, the IF Award for Best Actress and Best Breakthrough Performance at the 2005 Miami Film Festival. She was also named Australian Star of the Year at the Australian International Movie Convention in 2005.

Prior to Somersault, Abbie played a tortured young poet in Samantha Lang's detective mystery The Monkey's Mask, a scheming teen in Horseplay and a rave-party casualty in the more recent One Perfect Day. Her subsequent roles include the short Everything Goes, an adaptation of a Raymond Carver story, in which she stars with Hugo Weaving; Candy, the story of a young couple and their struggle with heroin addiction, in which she stars with Heath Ledger and Geoffrey Rush; and Ridley Scott's A Good Year, opposite Russell Crowe.

Abbie's acting career began on the Australian Broadcasting commission series Children's Hospital, playing a quadriplegic. In 1997, she landed a part in a television series called Wildside. Other television credits include Close Contact, Water Rats, Outriders, Life Support, White Collar Blue and Marking Time.

Abbie will next appear in Kimberly Pierce's Stop Loss, opposite Ryan Phillippe, the story of a soldier who refuses to return to Iraq after a visit home. She is also set to star as the lead in filmmaker Jane Campion's Bright Star, which chronicles the affair between the 19th-century poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and Fanny Brawne (Cornish).

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