ABBIE CORNISH (Clara Murphy), a native Australian, is an acclaimed young actress
best known for her starring roles in the independent films Candy (2006) opposite
Heath Ledger and Somersault (2004) with Sam Worthington, both Australian
productions that garnered her Best Lead Actress awards from the Film Critics
Circle of Australia. She was also awarded Best Lead Actress from the Australian
Film Institute for Somersault and received a nomination for Candy. It was these
two roles that earned her great notice in the U.S.
Cornish will next be seen in the Discovery Channel's first scripted, three part
mini-series, "Klondike," beginning January 20th, 2014.Cornish stars opposite
Richard Madden, Sam Shepard and Tim Roth in the epic story of survival and the
search for wealth in the remote Klondike.
In 2012, Cornish appeared in writer/director Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths
opposite Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken.
That same year, she also starred in the independent drama, The Girl.
In 2011, Cornish starred in Warner Brothers' 3D sci-fi and action film Sucker
Punch, helmed by Zack Snyder and just prior, Cornish was the female lead with
Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper in Limitless. She also starred in The
Weinstein Company's W.E., which was accepted at both the Venice International
Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011.
In 2010, Cornish lent her voice to the animated film Legends of the Guardians:
The Owls of Ga'Hoole, directed by Zack Snyder.
In fall 2009, Cornish starred in Jane Campion's period drama Bright Star, which
was a true life adaptation of famous poet John Keats' love affair with a young
woman named Fanny Brawne. Cornish received a British Independent Film Award
nomination for Best Actress and received accolades from some of the most
established critics in the US, UK and Australia. Bright Star premiered at the
2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Palm Award at the
Cornish's acting debut came at the age of fifteen on the Australian Broadcasting
Company's television series "Children's Hospital." Shortly thereafter, she
co-starred on the ABC series "Wildside," which garnered Cornish her first AFI
honor in 1999. In 2003, Cornish earned her second AFI nomination for her guest
role on the ABC mini-series "Marking Time." She also appeared in Ridley Scott's
A Good Year, opposite Russell Crowe.
In 2007, she starred opposite Cate Blanchett as the Queen's favorite lady-in-
waiting in Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age for Universal Pictures. In
2008, Cornish starred as the female lead in the Paramount Pictures drama
Stop-Loss directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry).
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