Abbie Cornish

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Abbie Cornish
Cornish in 2012
Born (1982-08-07) 7 August 1982 (age 41)
Other namesDusk
Years active1997–present
RelativesIsabelle Cornish (sister)

Abbie Cornish (born 7 August 1982) is an Australian actress. In film, Cornish is known for her roles as Heidi in Somersault (2004), Fanny Brawne in Bright Star (2009), Sweet Pea in Sucker Punch (2011), Lindy in Limitless (2011), Clara Murphy in RoboCop (2014), and Sarah in Geostorm (2017). She worked with writer/director Martin McDonagh in Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). For the latter, Cornish won her first Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the cast. In 2018, she portrayed Cathy Mueller in the first season of Amazon Video series Jack Ryan opposite John Krasinski, a role she reprised in the fourth and final season in 2023. She also played Dixy in the film The Virtuoso (2021) alongside Anthony Hopkins.

Early life[edit]

Abbie Cornish was born on 7 August 1982[1] in Lochinvar, New South Wales, as the second of five children of Shelley and Barry Cornish.[2] Her sister, Isabelle Cornish, is also an actress. She grew up on a 70-hectare (170-acre) farm before moving to Newcastle.[3] As a teenager, Cornish was fascinated by independent and foreign films.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Cornish at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International

Cornish began modelling at age 13 after reaching the finals of a Dolly Magazine competition.[5] In 1999, Cornish was awarded the Australian Film Institute Young Actor's Award for her role in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television show Wildside and was offered her first role in a feature film, The Monkey's Mask.

From 2001 to 2003, Cornish played Penne in Life Support, a satirical, sometimes dark look at Australian life as seen through the omnipresent lens of a television lifestyle show.

In 2004, Cornish appeared in the award-winning short film 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 Inside Film Awards and Best Breakthrough Performance at the 2005 Miami International Film Festival for her role in Somersault. Cornish received critical acclaim for her role in Candy, opposite Heath Ledger.[5] She has also starred in A Good Year, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Kimberly Peirce's Stop-Loss. She garnered widespread acclaim for her starring performance as Fanny Brawne in Jane Campion's 2009 film about the Romantic poet John Keats, Bright Star. In April 2010, Cornish was cast in Limitless, the film adaptation of the novel The Dark Fields,[6] directed by Neil Burger and also starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro.[7][8]

Cornish narrated Zack Snyder's film Sucker Punch, in which she played one of the protagonists.[9]

Cornish played the role of Wally in Madonna's film W.E., about Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.[4] In 2012, she replaced Emily Blunt in the independent film The Girl, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and starred alongside Woody Harrelson and Colin Farrell in the crime comedy Seven Psychopaths. Cornish co-starred in the 2014 RoboCop reboot, as Clara Murphy, the wife of protagonist Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman).

In 2015, she played Agent Katherine Cowles in Solace, a mystery thriller film directed by Afonso Poyart with central performances by Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.[10][11]

In 2016, she filmed The Girl Who Invented Kissing with Luke Wilson.[12][13]

In 2017, she played Agent Sarah Wilson in the science fiction disaster film Geostorm, directed, co-written, and co-produced by Dean Devlin, also starring Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, and Andy García.

In 2018, she starred in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan as Cathy Mueller, alongside John Krasinski.[14]

In 2019, she starred in the Australian television miniseries Secret Bridesmaids' Business along with Katie McGrath and Georgina Haig.[15]

In 2021, she starred in Dakota with Tim Rozon, "Lola Sultan", Patrick Muldoon and William Baldwin for director Kirk Harris.[16]

Music career[edit]

Cornish is a rapper, singer and songwriter. She has been rapping under the name MC Dusk since 2000 and was part of Australian hip hop group Blades from age 18 to 22. In 2015, Cornish supported American rapper Nas on his Australian tour.[17] The same year, she released two new tracks on SoundCloud: "Evolve" featuring Jane Tyrrell and "Way Back Home", which was produced by Suffa from Hilltop Hoods.[18] The songs were re-released in 2020, and her first EP, Key of the Sun, was released in 2021.


  • "Evolve" - Single, 2020
  • "Way Back Home" - Single, 2020
  • "MVP" - Single, 2020
  • "Zombies" - Single, 2020
  • Key of the Sun - EP, 2021
  • "I'll Be There For You" - Single, 2021


She is committed to cruelty-free eating,[19] and in 2006, became an ambassador for Australian animal rights group Voiceless, the animal-protection institute, and was part of a national advertising campaign in 2012.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Cornish dated actor Ryan Phillippe in 2006, shortly after his separation from actress Reese Witherspoon. They split in 2010.[21]

In 2019, she announced her engagement to mixed martial artist Adel Altamimi.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Monkey's Mask Mickey Norris
2003 Horseplay Becky Wodinski
2004 One Perfect Day Emma Matisse
2004 Somersault Heidi Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actress
Inside Film Award for Best Actress
Miami Film Festival: Breakthrough Award
2004 Everything Goes Brianie Short film
2006 Candy Candy Nominated—Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Inside Film Awards for Best Actress
Won—Film Critics Circle of Australia for Best Actress in a Lead Role
2006 A Good Year Christie Roberts
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age Bess Throckmorton
2008 Stop-Loss Michelle Overton
2009 Bright Star Fanny Brawne Nominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actress (Runner-up)
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (2nd Runner-up)
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress (Runner-up)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Otulissa Voice only
2011 Limitless Lindy
2011 Sucker Punch Sweet Pea
2011 W.E. Wally Winthrop
2012 The Girl Ashley
2012 Seven Psychopaths Kaya
2014 RoboCop Clara Murphy
2015 Solace Agent Katherine Cowles Direct-to-video
2016 Lavender Jane Direct-to-video
2017 The Girl Who Invented Kissing Patti
2017 6 Days Kate Adie
2017 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Anne Willoughby Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress
2017 Geostorm Agent Sarah Wilson
2018 Where Hands Touch Kerstin
2018 Paris Song Lee Abbott 
2018 Perfect Mother
2021 The Virtuoso The Waitress
2022 Blackout Anna Completed
2023 Dakota Kate Sanders Post-production
TBA Detained TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Wildside Simone Summers Australian Film Institute Award for Best Young Actor
1999 Close Contact Sara Boyack
2000 Water Rats Marie Marchand 1 episode
2001 Outriders Reggie McDowell 26 episodes
2001 Life Support Penne No. 1 10 episodes
2003 White Collar Blue Antonia McAlister
2003 Marking Time Tracey Nominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in Television Drama or Comedy
2014 Klondike Belinda Mulrooney Miniseries; 6 episodes
2018; 2023 Jack Ryan Cathy Mueller Main role; 14 episodes (season 1 & 4)
2019 Secret Bridesmaids' Business Melanie Miniseries; 6 episodes


  • Pescan: A Feel Good Cookbook (2019, Abrams Books) ISBN 9781419734670


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  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (11 April 2013). "Abbie Cornish Feels 'Solace' With Hopkins and Farrell (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  11. ^ Debruge, Peter (1 October 2015). "Film Review: 'Solace'". Variety. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  12. ^ McNary, Dave (8 July 2016). "Lionsgate UK in Talks to Distribute Jesse Metcalfe's 'The Ninth Passenger'". Variety. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Luke Wilson, Abbie Cornish to Star in 'The Girl Who Invented Kissing'". The Hollywood Reporter. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Prime Video: Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan - Season 1". Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  15. ^ Yang, Rachel (8 May 2019). "Abbie Cornish-Led Thriller Series 'Secret Bridesmaids' Business' Begins Production (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  16. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (19 March 2021). "William Baldwin & Patrick Muldoon Join Abbie Cornish & Lola Sultan In 'Dakota', Italy Shoot This Month". Deadline.
  17. ^ Sams, Christine. "You're a rapper? Abbie supported Nas on tour in January 2015 throughout Australia. Gorgeous Australian Abbie Cornish set to tour". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Dusksound". Retrieved 27 August 2015.
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  20. ^ "Voiceless, the animal protection institute". Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  21. ^ "The Truth About Ryan Phillippe's Relationship with Abbie Cornish". 27 June 2022.
  22. ^ "Abbie Cornish Is Engaged to MMA Fighter Adel Altamimi: 'You've Swept Me Off My Feet'".

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