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In a short amount of time, MIA WASIKOWSKA has established herself as a rising star of the big screen. A trained ballerina turned actress, Wasikowska has been challenging herself as a performer since the age of 9.

Wasikowska made her debut to US audiences as the tormented and suicidal teen Sophie in HBO's series "In Treatment." Directed by Rodrigo Garcia, "In Treatment" focused on the relationship between a therapist (Gabriel Byrne) and his patients. In recognition of her performance, Wasikowska was honored by the Los Angeles based organization Australians in Film (whose Host Committee includes Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, among others) with the Breakthrough Actress Award. The series was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Series.

In January 2009, Wasikowska was seen in a supporting role in the film DEFIANCE. Based on a true story, three Jewish brothers (Daniel Craig, Liev Schrieber and Jamie Bell) escape from Nazi-occupied Poland into the Belarusan forest where they encounter a village of Russian resistance fighters. Wasikowska plays Chaya, a young villager who builds a relationship with one of the brothers. The war film, directed by Ed Zwick was distributed by Paramount Vantage.

In October 2009, Wasikowska appeared in a supporting role in Fox Searchlight's film, AMELIA, starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere for director Mira Nair. Wasikowska portrayed Elinor, a young fan of Earhart whose motivations for building a relationship with Earhart are questioned by her reliable friend George (Gere). During the same month, Wasikowska shared the screen with Hal Holbrook in the independent picture THAT EVENING SUN, directed by Scott Teems. Wasikowska earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a naïve Tennessee teenager.

In 2010, Wasikowska starred as the title character in ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Tim Burton's retelling of the Lewis Carroll classic. The Disney live and 3-D animated film co-starred Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Michael Sheen and Alan Rickman. The same summer, Wasikowska co-starred in the Academy Award-nominated film THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT with Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. The Lisa Cholodenko film was also recognized with an Independent Spirit Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Film. In the Focus Features film, Wasikowska portrayed the teenage daughter of lesbian parents who sets out to find her sperm donor father.

In September 2011, Wasikowska tackled the lead role in JANE EYRE, director Cary Fukunaga's screen adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel. The film released to worldwide critical acclaim, praising the performances of Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender (as Rochester). In May 2011, Wasikowska starred in another lead role in the Gus Van San- directed film RESTLESS alongside Henry Hopper. Produced by Imagine Entertainment with Bryce Dallas Howard, Wasikowska is Annabel, a terminally ill girl who falls in love with a death-obsessed teenage boy. The script was penned by first-time screenwriter Jason Lew. An official selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, RESTLESS was released by Sony Classics.

Wasikowska ended the year co-starring opposite Glenn Close and Janet McTeer in the Roadside Attractions drama ALBERT NOBBS. The period drama gave Wasikowska the opportunity to re-team with her "In Treatment" director Rodrigo Garcia.


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