In a short amount of time, MIA WASIKOWSKA (India Stoker) 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 nine.
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 role as a na├»ve Tennessee teenager.
On March 5, 2010 starred as the title character in Tim Burton's retelling of the Lewis
Carrol novel, ALICE IN WONDERLAND. 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 in 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
In May 2011, Wasikowska starred in another lead role in the Gus Van Sant 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. In August 2012,
Wasikowska can be seen in a supporting role in the Weinstein feature, LAWLESS opposite Shia
Laboef, Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain. The film is based on the non-fiction novel by Matt
Bondurant during Prohibition in rural Virginia.
This summer, Wasikowska filmed THE DOUBLE, which she starred opposite Jesse
Eisenberg. The comedy, directed by Richard Ayoade and inspired by the Fyodor Dostoyevsky
novel, tells a story of a man driven crazy from an appearance of his doppelganger. Also this
summer, Wasikowska completed production on the Jim Jarmusch film entitled ONLY LOVERS
LEFT ALIVE alongside Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and Anton Yelchin. The story focuses
on two vampires whose love has endured over the course of several centuries.
Wasikowska is currently in production on the John Curran film TRACKS shooting in
rural Australia. Based on a true story, Wasikowska portrays 'Robyn Davidson,' a young woman
who embarks on a 1,700 mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with her four camels and
faithful dog. Adam Driver (HBO's "Girls") will play the photographer assigned to document the
In addition, Wasikowska will make her directorial debut (with individual but connected
segments) in THE TURNING. THE TURNING is an adaptation of Tim Winton's best-selling
short story collection and will release in spring 2013.
Wasikowska began her acting career in her home country of Australia, landing a
recurring role on the popular medical drama "All Saints." Upon securing her first major role in
the independent film SUBURBAN MAYHEM, Wasikowska was recognized by the Australian
Film Institute Awards for 'Best Young Actor.' She followed up these projects with acclaimed
performances in LENS LOVE STORY, SKIN, SEPTEMBER, and in the Australian horror film
ROGUE alongside Michael Vartan and Radha Mitchell.
Wasikowska resides in Canberra, Australia.
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