Heralded as the next major acting talent to emerge from Australia, ABBIE
CORNISH (Michele) garnered critical acclaim and won the Australian Film Institute
Award as Best Actress for her star turn as a sexually-charged teenager in Cate Shortland’s 2004 coming-of-age drama “Somersault.” For her breakthrough role
as Heidi, the sexually tortured teen, Cornish also won the Inside Film (IF) Award
as Best Actress, the Australian Film Critics Circle prize and a Special Jury
Breakthrough Award at the 2004 Miami International Film Festival.
“Somersault,” the only Australian film screened at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival
(where Cornish won a standing ovation) elicited raves from New York Times
film critic A.O. Scott, who called her “an actress whose delicate and ferocious
performance combines classic movie star loveliness with serious dramatic
Cornish next received kudos for her work in “Candy,” a searing drama
about love and heroin, in which she starred opposite Heath Ledger and Oscar®
winner Geoffrey Rush.
Cornish hails from Australia’s Hunter Valley, born in Newcastle, New
South Wales, in 1982. Growing up on her family’s farm, she began acting at 15
after a tryout at a modeling audition led to her professional debut on the
Australian Broadcasting Company’s series “Children’s Hospital.” Soon
thereafter, she landed a co-starring role on the ABC series “Wildside,” for which
she won her first AFI honor in 1999.
She earned a second AFI nomination in 2003 for her guest-starring role on
the ABC miniseries “Marking Time.” Other roles include “The Monkey’s Mask,”
“Everything Goes,” “Horseplay” and “One Perfect Day.” She most recently costarred
in Shekhar Kapur’s “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” and Ridley Scott’s “A
Good Year.” Currently, Cornish is in London filming Jane Campion’s “Bright
Star,” a story about the poet John Keats and his love affair with a young woman
named Fanny Brawne (Cornish).
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