Frances O'Connor

Actor, Model, ESL teacher
After graduating from the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts in Perth and appearing extensively on Australian TV in series including "Halifax f. p.", dark-haired, porcelain-skinned actress Frances O'Connor ... Read more »
Born: 06/11/1967 in Oxfordshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (32)

The Missing 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Ice 2014 (Movie)

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Mr. Selfridge 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Piccadilly Jim 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Poetic Unreason 2014 (Movie)

Laura Riding (Actor)

Best Man Down 2013 (Movie)

Jaime (Actor)

Mercy 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vegas 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Little Red Wagon 2012 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

The Truth About Emanuel 2012 (Movie)

Janice (Actor)

Jayne Mansfield's Car 2011 (Movie)

Camilla Bedford (Actor)

The Hunter 2011 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Blessed 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cashmere Mafia 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lazarus Child 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Three Dollars 2005 (Movie)

Tanya (Actor)

Book of Love 2003 (Movie)

Elaine Walker (Actor)

Timeline 2003 (Movie)

Kate Erickson (Actor)

The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 (Movie)

Gwendolyn Fairfax (Actor)

Windtalkers 2002 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 (Movie)

Monica Swinton (Actor)

About Adam 2001 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Bedazzled 2000 (Movie)

Nicole (Actor)

Madame Bovary 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

A Little Bit of Soul 1999 (Movie)

Kate Haslett (Actor)

Mansfield Park 1999 (Movie)

Fanny Price (Actor)

Thank God He Met Lizzie 1998 (Movie)

Jenny Follett (Actor)

Kiss Or Kill 1997 (Movie)

Nicole Ann 'Nikki' Davis (Actor)

Love and Other Catastrophes 1997 (Movie)

Mia (Actor)

Darwin's Darkest Hour (TV Show)

Actor

Iron Jawed Angels (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Time (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

After graduating from the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts in Perth and appearing extensively on Australian TV in series including "Halifax f. p.", dark-haired, porcelain-skinned actress Frances O'Connor made her film debut in Emma-Kate Croghan's surprise hit "Love and Other Catastrophes" in 1996. She played Mia, a self-assured film student facing difficulties with school administration and romantic problems with her girlfriend Danni (Radha Mitchell). The actress' impressive turn as the staunch and spunky young woman in this Australian independent garnered notice and acclaim. Hot on the heels of the 1996 Cannes screening of "Love and Other Catastrophes", O'Connor began lensing "Thank God He Met Lizzie" (1997) a romantic comedy starring Cate Blanchett as the titular significant other of a man (Richard Roxburgh) plagued by thoughts of his previous girlfriend Jenny (O'Connor). As Jenny, O'Connor gave an exuberant performance, easily evincing the high-spirited vitality and charm crucial to her role as the idealized early girlfriend who lives primarily in flashback. Although the film attracted only a small audience, critics pointed to O'Connor's performance as a stand-out feature of the otherwise unremarkable offering.

EDUCATION

attended a girls' Catholic school

Curtin University of Technology

Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts

1992

Milestones

2003

Cast in female lead of the film version of Michael Crichton's novel "Timeline"

2002

Portrayed Gwendolyn in the remake of "The Importance of Being Earnest"

2002

Had supporting role in "Windtalkers", directed by John Woo

2001

Cast as Monica, the adoptive mother of a robotic child, in "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"

2001

Reteamed with Fraser on the London stage in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

2000

Played the title character in the BBC-1 presentation of the Flaubert classic "Madame Bovary" (aired in USA in February)

2000

Had co-starring role in the Dublin set feature "About Adam", featuring Kate Hudson and Stuart Townsend (released in the USA in 2001)

2000

Starred as the object of Brendan Fraser's affection in the remake of "Bedazzled"

1999

Starred as Fanny Price in Patricia Rozema's adaptation of Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park"

1998

Returned to the Melbourne Theater Company to star in "The Herbal Bed"

1998

Appeared in support of Geoffrey Rush in Patrick Duncan's "A Little Bit of Soul"

1997

Played the idealized ex-girlfriend of the protagonist in "Thank God He Met Lizzie"; also nominated for the Australian Film Institute Award as Best Actress

1997

Starred opposite Day in "Kiss or Kill"; was nominated for the Australian Film Institute Award as Best Actress

1996

Feature debut in "Love and Other Catastrophes", playing a lesbian university student as part of an ensemble that also included Matt Day; also sang in the film

1995

Appeared in the Australian TV series "Halifax f.p."

Born in Oxford, England but raised in Perth, Australia

Spent one year in Japan modeling and teaching English as a second language

After graduation from drama school, joined Melbourne Theatre Company

Bonus Trivia

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"I was raised Catholic. Being Catholic is good for actors. Repression really encourages creativity." --O'Connor quoted in Interview, December 1997.

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On "Kiss or Kill": "The whole movie was improvised, pretty much. We'd have a page, each day, that sort of told us where the characters started from and where they were going, and all the rest we worked out ourselves, It's a very challenging way of acting, and very rewarding." --O'Connor quoted in Winston-Salem Journal, June 5, 1998.

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O'Connor on tackling Hollywood: "I'm just a little fish in a huge market over here. I've been watching 'Sesame Street' since I was 3. I think I can manage Big Bird's accent." --quoted in Winston-Salem Journal, June 5, 1998.

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"I feel that a lot of hard work has really paid off, though I think a lot if it has to do with luck, synchronicity, and just being at the right place at the right time. But I've always believed that if you stay positive, good things come along." --O'Connor quoted in Urban Cinefile, July 7, 1998.

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O'Connor on the timelessness of "Mansfield Park": "People think the Regency period was stuffy, or that people were different then, but they weren't."We all fall in love, have affairs we shouldn't have, we all question our own sense of truth or what we want in life." --quoted in Toronto Sun, September 16, 1999.

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"Mansfield Park" director Patricia Rozema on O'Connor: "She's just so breathtakingly natural and so full of life, it's a joy to watch her. She doesn't have a remote quality at all. You fall into her situation and her personality really easily, and she's authentic, which is what I wanted the character to be." --to Chicago Tribune, November 28, 1999.

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"It was a little bit Alice in Wonderland to me. In some ways it didn't feel real." --Frances O'Connor on her first big-budget Hollywood film experience, "Bedazzled", quoted in Movieline, August 2000.

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