Emily Browning

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Emily Browning
Emily Browning HIFF crop.jpg
Browning at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2011
Born (1988-12-07) 7 December 1988 (age 26)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1998–present

Emily Jane Browning[1] (born 7 December 1988)[1] is an Australian film actress and singer. Browning made her film debut in the Australian television film The Echo of Thunder, subsequently, she played recurring roles in Australian television shows Blue Heelers and Something in the Air. Her breakthrough role was in the 2002 horror film Ghost Ship, which introduced her to a wider audience. In 2005, Browning won the Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Violet Baudelaire in the comedy film Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004).

Browning is also known for her roles in the horror film The Uninvited (2009), the action film Sucker Punch (2011), and the independent film Sleeping Beauty (2011). Her role in Sleeping Beauty was highly praised and in 2011 was named the Breakthrough performer of the year by Hamptons International Film Festival.

Early life[edit]

Browning was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Andrew and Shelley Browning. She attended Eltham High School. Browning has two younger brothers, Nicholas and Matthew.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

Browning's debut acting role was in the 1998 Hallmark Channel movie The Echo of Thunder.[3] Additional roles in Australian film and television productions soon followed, including recurring roles in the television series Blue Heelers from 2000 to 2002, and Something in the Air from 2000 to 2001. In 2001, Browning appeared as the daughter of a character played by Billy Connolly in The Man Who Sued God.[4]

She made her American film debut in 2002's Ghost Ship, and won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Young Actress, the same year.[5] In 2003, she appeared opposite Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom in 2003's Ned Kelly, and then reunited with Connolly the following year in the film adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, in which she played Violet Baudelaire.[6]

In 2006, Browning appeared in the music video for Evermore's "Light Surrounding You". In the behind-the-scenes video for the clip, the band stated, "[We] suck as actors, so we decided to get Emily."[7] She attended the L'Oreal Fashion Festival as a festival ambassador on 1 February 2007.[8]

2008–2011[edit]

Browning played the lead role in the 2009 horror film The Uninvited, an American remake of the 2003 South Korean film A Tale of Two Sisters, co-starring against Elizabeth Banks and Arielle Kebbel. She then turned down a request to audition for the role of Bella Swan in Twilight, citing exhaustion, despite an endorsement from series author Stephenie Meyer.[9][10] In 2009, she was cast as Babydoll in Zack Snyder's action film Sucker Punch, as a replacement for Amanda Seyfried, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.[11] Filming took place in Vancouver from September 2009 to January 2010,[12] and the film was released on 25 March 2011.[13] In an interview at Comic Con, she confirmed that she would be singing in the film, while claiming that her audition tape brought tears to her casting agent's eyes and the song she selected ("Killing Me Softly") was one of Zack Snyder's wife Deborah's favourites, which Browning referred to as the "selling point" on her being cast in the role.[14]

Since Sucker Punch, Browning has worked steadily in film. Browning plays the lead role in the independent Australian film Sleeping Beauty, directed by Julia Leigh.[15] She replaced friend and fellow young Australian actress Mia Wasikowska, who was committed to a film adaptation of Jane Eyre at the time.[16] The film screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and the Sydney Film Festival. Browning said, "Even reading the screenplay, it made me feel uncomfortable. But that was something that attracted me to it. I would prefer to polarise an audience as opposed to making an entertaining film everybody feels ambivalent about."[17]

2012–present[edit]

In 2012, she replaced English actress Ophelia Lovibond to play as the female lead in the film Summer in February.[18] The film is based on the book of the same title, by Jonathan Smith. The film was filmed in Cornwall alongside Dominic Cooper and Dan Stevens.[19] In July 2012, Browning was cast in God Help the Girl, a musical film by Belle and Sebastian front-man Stuart Murdoch.[20] Browning played Eve, and the role required live singing.[21] Filming on the production began on 8 July 2012 and wrapped on 12 August 2012.[22][22]

Browning was then cast in Catherine Hardwicke's Plush alongside Cam Gigandet,[23] replacing Evan Rachel Wood who was originally attached to the project due to scheduling conflicts.[24] Browning also starred alongside Xavier Samuel[25] whom she met on the set during filming. Magic Magic, directed by Sebastián Silva, screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Film.com designated the film as a "Top Pick".[26]

Browning starred in the 2014 film Pompeii, opposite Kit Harington, best known for Game of Thrones. The project was filmed in Toronto and the actual city of Pompeii itself.[27] Browning took a break from filming on Pompeii, and returned home to Australia to film a music video directed by Guy Franklin for the song "No Matter What You Say" by San Francisco-based band Imperial Teen. The video follows Browning as the lead character, conducting a 'live art-piece'.[28][29]

In 2014, Browning filmed Shangri La Suite directed by Eddie O'Keefe. The story follows two young lovers who break out of a mental hospital in 1974 and set out on a road trip to Los Angeles to fulfill the boy's lifelong dream of killing his idol Elvis Presley, who appears as a supporting character. Luke Grimes and Avan Jogia co-star. [30] The same year, she appeared in Years & Years's Take Shelter music video.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Browning took a break from acting in order to complete her education at Eltham High School, where she concluded her Victorian Certificate of Education exams in November 2006.[32]

Browning is currently in a relationship with fellow Australian actor, Xavier Samuel.[33]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Echo of Thunder, TheThe Echo of Thunder Opal Ritchie Television film
1999 High Flyers Phoebe Mason Television film
2001 Man Who Sued God, TheThe Man Who Sued God Rebecca Myers
2001 Blonde Fleece Television film
2002 Ghost Ship Katie Harwood
2003 After the Deluge Maddy Television film
2003 Ned Kelly Grace Kelly
2003 Darkness Falls Young Caitlin Greene
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Violet Baudelaire
2005 Stranded Penny Television film
2009 Uninvited, TheThe Uninvited Anna Ivers
2009 Talk.Distance.Listen Natalie Short film
2011 Sucker Punch Babydoll
2011 Sleeping Beauty Lucy
2012 Mr. Beautiful Olivia White Short film
2013 The Host Pet / Wanderer "Wanda"
2013 Summer in February Florence Carter-Wood
2013 Magic Magic Sarah
2013 Plush Hayley
2014 God Help the Girl Eve
2014 Pompeii Cassia
2015 Shangri La Suite Karen
2015 Legend Frances Shea

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Thunderstone Clio 13 episodes
2000–2002 Blue Heelers Hayley Fulton 9 episodes
2000–2001 Something in the Air Alicia 5 episodes
2001 Halifax f.p: Playing God Kristy O'Connor Episode: "Playing God"

Discography[edit]

Year Title Album
2011 "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" Sucker Punch
"Where Is My Mind?"
(Yoav featuring Emily Browning)
"Asleep"
2013 "Introdubtion" Plush
"Close Enough to Kill"
"Half of Me"
"The Look in Your Eye" (Jack Version)
"Half of Me" (Enzo Remix)
(featuring Thomas Dekker)
2014 "Act of the Apostle" God Help the Girl
"Pretty When the Wind Blows"
"God Help the Girl"
"The Psychiatrist Is In"
"If You Could Speak"
(with Hannah Murray)
"Perfection as a Hipster"
(with Neil Hannon)
"Come Monday Night"
"I'm Not Rich"
(with Hannah Murray and Olly Alexander)
"I'll Have to Dance with Cassie"
"Musician, Please Take Heed"
"Down and Dusky Blonde"
(with Hannah Murray)

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Work Result
1999 Australian Film Institute Young Actor's Award The Echo of Thunder Nominated
2002 Australian Film Institute Young Actor's Award Halifax f.p: Playing God Won
2003 Australian Film Institute Young Actor's Award After the Deluge Nominated
2005 Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actress Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Won[32]
2005 BFCA Awards Best Young Actress Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Nominated
2005 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film, Leading Young Actress Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Nominated
2011 Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Performer Sleeping Beauty Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Emily Browining Biography. Celebritywonder, retrieved 30 June 2011
  2. ^ Emily Browning – Celebrity. TV Guide, retrieved 30 June 2011
  3. ^ Benedictus, Luke (19 December 2004). "See Emily play ... while you can". The Age (Australia). Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Emily Browning 2014 02 05 (11:03am) The Man Who Sued God 2001 By R.R.S Sweden". Youtube. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "AACTA Winners & Nominees 2000-2010 2002". Australian Film Institute. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  6. ^ "Interview: Emily Browning for "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events"". darkhorizons.com. 13 December 2004. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Making of Light Surrounding You. YouTube. Retrieved on 16 May 2007
  8. ^ Emily Browning Thewest.com.au Retrieved on 20 April 2007[dead link]
  9. ^ Twilight the Movie (archives). StephenieMeyer.com
  10. ^ Larry Carroll: Emily Browning addresses her Twilight notoriety. Mtv.com, retrieved 4 April 2011
  11. ^ Emily Browning tipped for starring role in prison flick. Adelaidenow.com.au, retrieved 15 August 2010
  12. ^ Carl DiOrio: Green Lantern, Sucker Punch going 3D. Associated Press, 14 October 2010, retrieved on Hollywoodreporter.com on 4 April 2011
  13. ^ Steve Barton: Zack Snyder to Deliver His Sucker Punch in 3D. Dreadcentral.com, 5 March 2010, retrieved 4 April 2011
  14. ^ SDCC EXCLUSIVE: Emily Browning & Jamie Chung on Sucker Punch. Comingsoon.net, retrieved on 15 August 2010
  15. ^ Michael Bodey: Who's who in Tim Winton's Cloudstreet. The Australian, 3 February 2010, retrieved 4 April 2011
  16. ^ Billington, Alex (9 February 2010). "Emily Browning Replaces Mia Wasikowska in Sleeping Beauty". FirstShowing.net. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  17. ^ Roach, Vicky (22 June 2011). "Emily Browning on being naked in erotic thriller Sleeping Beauty and going nude again". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  18. ^ "Emily Browning Will Spend 'Summer In February' Instead Of Ophelia Lovibond". IndieWire. 13 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Downton Abbey lead Dan Stevens and My Week With Marilyn's Dominic Cooper are to co-star in a new film set in a Cornish artist’s colony circa 1913". Vintage Seekers. 13 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Hannah is currently filming the lead in GOD HELP THE GIRL with Emily Browning". TroikaTalent. [dead link]
  21. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (9 July 2012). "Hannah Murray Replaces Elle Fanning In 'God Help The Girl'; Emily Browning Joins The Film". IndieWire. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  22. ^ a b "It's all go at the 'god help the girl' production office – we start shooting July 8th. Exciting!". Twitter. 
  23. ^ Eisenberg, Eric (18 June 2012). "Cam Gigandet Joins Emily Browning In Catherine Hardwicke's Plush". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  24. ^ Blay, Zeba (27 May 2012). "Emily Browning to star in Catherine Hardwicke's 'Plush'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  25. ^ "Xavier Samuel joins Hardwicke's 'Plush'". Variety. 7 Aug 2012. 
  26. ^ Meyncke, Amanda Mae (7 August 2013). "Review: 'Magic, Magic'". Film.com. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  27. ^ DeMara, Bruce (19 February 2013). "Paul W.S. Anderson to shoot Pompeii in Toronto". The Star. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  28. ^ "Set in a modern Art Gallery the story follows our lead female character who will perform a 'live-art-piece' in front of a small audience.". 
  29. ^ Trunick, Austin (2014-09-04). "Scotland Week: God Help the Girl’s Emily Browning". Under the Radar. 
  30. ^ "‘Sucker Punch’ Star Emily Browning Joins Luke Grimes in ‘The Shangri-La Suite’ (Exclusive)". 
  31. ^ "Years & Years’ music video for “Take Shelter”, featuring Emily Browning!". 5 August 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  32. ^ a b Lloyd-McDonald, Holly (1 February 2007). "Facing up to new role in fashion". Herald Sun (Australia). Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  33. ^ Browning, Emily[1] Retrieved 17 December 2014.

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