Lochinvar, New South Wales
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Candy, A Good Year
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Born 7 August 1982 (age 26)
Lochinvar, New South Wales, Australia, Abbie Cornish (born 7 August 1982) is an AFI Award-winning Australian actress. She is well known in Australia for a number of film and television roles, including Penne in the comedy/lifestyle parody Life Support, and her award-winning lead performance in 2004`s Somersault.
Her career began at the age of thirteen, when she began taking jobs as a model after reaching the finals of a Dolly Magazine competition. By the time she was sixteen, Cornish was juggling television acting roles with studying for her HSC, with the intention of pursuing a career as a veterinarian. In 1999, Cornish was awarded the Australian Film Institute Young Actor`s Award for her role in the ABC`s television show Wildside and was soon offered her first role in a feature film, The Monkey`s Mask. At seventeen, Cornish traveled through the United States and Western Europe for six months, before returning to an acting career. In 2001, Abbie landed the role of Reggie McDowell, a character on the Australian tv show "Outriders".
In 2004, Cornish appeared in the award-winning short Everything Goes with Hugo Weaving. She received the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress at the FCCA and IF Awards and Best Breakthrough Performance at the 2005 Miami International Film Festival for her role in 2004`s Somersault, the film which raised her to international prominence. Cornish received widespread critical acclaim for her role in 2006`s Candy, which she starred in opposite Heath Ledger, and starred in A Good Year, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Kimberly Peirce`s latest movie, Stop-Loss. Cornish was set to star as Catherine Earnshaw in the upcoming 2009/2010 film version of Wuthering Heights, but was replaced by Gemma Arterton.
Cornish was born in Lochinvar, New South Wales, as the second of five children. Her father runs a paper recycling business and her mother is an amateur photographer. Her family currently resides in the Hunter Valley. The media have reported that she is currently dating fellow actor Ryan Phillippe, a relationship that some media sources allege began on the set of the movie Stop-Loss while Phillippe was still married to actress Reese Witherspoon. Phillippe and Cornish attended the Calvin Klein 40th Anniversary party on Cockatoo Island in Sydney on the 16 December 2008. Phillippe also spent some of the 2008 christmas break in Australia with Cornish and her family.
Cornish, who has been a vegetarian since she was 13, was in 2008 named Australia`s sexiest vegetarian.
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2011 Sucker Punch! Sweet Pea
2009 Bright Star Fanny Brawne Set to premiere at Cannes Film Festival 2009
2008 Stop-Loss Michelle
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age Elizabeth Throckmorton
2006 A Good Year Christie Roberts
2004 Everything Goes Brianie
One Perfect Day Emma Matisse
2003 Horseplay Becky Wodinski
2001 Outriders Reggie McDowell
2000 The Monkey`s Mask Mickey Norris
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Abbie Cornish (born 7 August 1982), also known by her rap name Dusk, is an Australian actress and rapper known for her film and television roles, particularly her award-winning lead performance in 2004's Somersault, and internationally for her role as Fanny Brawne in Bright Star and her appearance as Sweet Pea in Sucker Punch.