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
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
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
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