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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