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BRIDESMAIDS

In a short amount of time, ROSE BYRNE (Helen) has established herself as a rising star on the big screen. The Australian native commands the attention of filmgoers and television viewers with her beauty, talent, versatility and poise.

For the second consecutive year, Byrne has been nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of Ellen Parsons on the critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated FX Network series Damages. In 2010 and 2008, she also received Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. The third season of Damages finished airing in May 2010. DirecTV has recently announced that it will air the fourth and fifth seasons of the Sony-produced series in the summer of 2011 and 2012, respectively. Glenn Close co-stars in the series.

Byrne was recently seen in Insidious, a paranormal thriller co-starring Patrick Wilson. She portrays the mother of a young boy who is haunted by a paranormal channel, from which she and her husband (Wilson) must rescue him. The film is directed by James Wan (Saw) and produced by Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity). The film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released on April 1, 2011.

Byrne recently wrapped production on X-Men: First Class in London. The latest film in the franchise co-stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, January Jones, Kevin Bacon and Jennifer Lawrence and will be released on June 3, 2011.

Bridesmaids marks Byrne's second collaboration with comedy producer Judd Apatow and Universal Pictures. She was last seen in Apatow's Get Him to the Greek, which was written and directed by Nicholas Stoller, a spin-off of the 2008 hit comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. In Get Him to the Greek, Russell Brand reprises his role as Aldous Snow, the rocker exboyfriend of Jackie Q (Byrne), an outrageous pop star. The film also stars Jonah Hill and Sean Combs and was released on June 4, 2010.

Illustrating her inimitable range and versatility, Byrne co-starred alongside Nicolas Cage in the megathriller Knowing. The film was released by Summit Entertainment on March 20, 2009, and came in No. 1 at the box office on its opening weekend.

Also in 2009, Byrne co-starred in Adam, a unique love story set against the backdrop of Manhattan, with thespians Hugh Dancy and Peter Gallagher. The film was purchased by Fox Searchlight at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was released on July 29, 2009.

Her additional credits include Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette; the sci-fi thrillers 28 Weeks Later and Sunshine, directed by Danny Boyle; the critically acclaimed independent film The Dead Girl; Wolfgang Petersen's epic Troy, opposite Brad Pitt; Paul McGuigan's thriller Wicker Park, with Josh Hartnett; the acclaimed I Capture the Castle, based on the classic

Byrne's fame in Australia began with her role in the gritty crime comedy Two Hands, in which she starred with Heath Ledger. She went on to star in Clara Law's The Goddess of 1967, for which she was awarded Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival.

Byrne resides in New York, Los Angeles and Australia.

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