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Rachel Griffiths
Born Rachel Anne Griffiths
18 December 1968 (1968-12-18) (age 41)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991 – present
Spouse(s) Andrew Taylor (2002-present)

Rachel Anne Griffiths (born 18 December 1968) is an academy award nominated Australian film and television actress who came to prominence in the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding. Among her other notable roles, she is particularly well known for her portrayal of Brenda Chenowith in the TV series Six Feet Under (2001–2005) and Sarah Walker on the ABC primetime drama Brothers & Sisters (2006–present). Her work in film and television has earned her many awards, most notably a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild awards and three Australian Film Institute awards.

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Early life

Griffiths was born in Melbourne, the daughter of Anna, an art teacher and arts/education consultant, and Edward Griffiths.[1] She grew up in Melbourne with her mother and two older brothers. After earning a Bachelor of Education degree in drama and dance at Victoria College, Rusden, she began her career as a member of Woolly Jumpers, a community theatre group. She had her first success as the creator and performer of Barbie Gets Hip, which played at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 1991.

Career

Griffiths and Toni Collette were relative unknowns when they were cast as best friends and fellow outcasts in the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding. Her performance won her critical acclaim and both the Australian Film Critics Award and the Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Supporting Actress. She followed this triumph in 1996 with the role of an earthy, ill-mannered pig farmer's daughter in Michael Winterbottom's Jude.

In 1997, Griffiths sparked a controversy after attending the opening of the Crown Casino topless and uninvited, her stated reasoning being the protest of the views taken by the media and state government towards the new casino, and inspired by the story of Lady Godiva.[2][3]

Griffiths joined forces again with Muriel's Wedding director P. J. Hogan for her American film debut, My Best Friend's Wedding, in 1997. That same year she starred in My Son the Fanatic, a British film in which she portrayed a tough Yorkshire prostitute who becomes involved with a considerably older Pakistani taxicab driver, played by Om Puri.

Griffiths received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of real-life flautist Hilary du Pré opposite Emily Watson as her sister, famed cellist Jacqueline "Jackie" du Pre, in Hilary and Jackie (1998). She then appeared in 2001's Blow, opposite Johnny Depp and Ray Liotta.

In 2001, Griffiths was cast as one of the leads in Six Feet Under. Her performance as emotionally scarred massage therapist Brenda Chenowith earned her Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as two Emmy Award nominations. In the third season, she missed four episodes due to her first pregnancy. Her second pregnancy was written into the show's final season and she appeared in almost every episode of the series.

As of 2006, she became part of the ensemble cast, co-starring alongside Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, Balthazar Getty and Matthew Rhys, of the dramatic series Brothers & Sisters, in which she portrays Sarah Walker , who inherits control of the family business after her father's death. Griffiths received a 2007 Emmy nomination and a 2008 Emmy nomination for her work on the series. Griffiths received 2008 and 2009 Golden Globe nominations for her work on Brothers & Sisters. Additionally, she appeared as "Inez Scull" in the 2008 mini-series adaptation of Larry McMurtry's Comanche Moon.

Personal life

Griffiths married Australian artist Andrew Taylor on 31 December 2002 in Gardenvale. They have three children, son Banjo Patrick (born 22 November 2003, Melbourne) and daughters Adelaide Rose (born 23 June 2005, Los Angeles) and Clementine Grace (born June 21, 2009). Because of her birth in California, Adelaide Rose Taylor has dual US/Australian citizenship.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1994 Muriel's Wedding Rhonda Epinstall AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress

FFCA Award for Best Supporting Actress

1996 Così Lucy
Jude Arabella
Children of the Revolution Anna
1997 My Son the Fanatic Bettina/Sandra
My Best Friend's Wedding Samantha Newhouse
1998 Among Giants Gerry
Hilary and Jackie Hilary du Pré Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Amy Tanya Rammus
Divorcing Jack Lee Cooper
1999 Me Myself I Pamela Drury
2001 Very Annie Mary Annie Mary Pugh
Six Feet Under Brenda Chenowith TV series
Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV-Film ('02)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series ('03 and '04)
AFI for Best International Actress ('06)
Nominated — Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV-Film ('03)
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series ('02 and '03)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series ('02, '05 and '06)

59 episodes

Blow Ermine Jung
Blow Dry Sandra
2002 The Hard Word Carol
The Rookie Lorri Morris
2003 Ned Kelly Susan Scott
2005 Angel Rodriguez Nicole
2006 Brothers and Sisters Sarah Walker TV series
Nominated — Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV-Film ('08 and '09)
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series ('07 and '08)
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film '07
Nominated — AFI for Best International Actress ('07 and '08)

69+ episodes

Step Up Director Gordan
2008 Comanche Moon Inez Scull
2009 Beautiful Kate Sally AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress

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