Griffiths on the set of Underground: The Julian Assange Story
18 December 1968 |
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Spouse(s)||Andrew Taylor (m. 2002)|
Rachel Anne Griffiths (born 18 December 1968) is an Australian actress and television director. She came to prominence with the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding and her Academy Award nominated performance in Hilary and Jackie (1998). She portrayed masseuse Brenda Chenowith in the HBO series Six Feet Under and Sarah Walker Laurent on the ABC drama series Brothers & Sisters. Griffiths has received a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and three Australian Film Institute Awards for her work.
Griffiths was born in Melbourne, but spent her early childhood on the Gold Coast. She is the daughter of Anna, an art teacher and arts/education consultant, and Edward Griffiths. She moved to Melbourne at the age of five, with her mother and two older brothers. When she was 11, her father left home with an 18-year-old woman. She attended Star of the Sea College, a high school in Gardenvale.
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 Geelong-based community theatre group. She had her first success as the creator and performer of Barbie Gets Hip, which played at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 1991.
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 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 uninvited the opening of the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia while topless. She stated a wish to protest the views taken by the media and state government towards the new casino, inspired by the story of Lady Godiva.
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. She also played a supportive housewife in the film The Rookie opposite Dennis Quaid for which she garnered generally good reviews.
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.
Griffiths made her Broadway debut in Other Desert Cities, directed by Joe Mantello and co-starring Judith Light, which began previews on 10 October 2011, opening on 3 November 2011. In 2015, Griffiths made her debut as a television director when she directed three episodes of the second series of the Australian teen drama Nowhere Boys.
Griffiths married Australian artist Andrew Taylor on 31 December 2002 in the chapel of her high school, Star of the Sea College, in Melbourne. They have three children: a son born in 2003, and two daughters, one born in 2005 and the other in 2009.
|1994||Muriel's Wedding||Rhonda Epinstall|
|1996||Children of the Revolution||Anna|
|1997||My Son the Fanatic||Bettina/Sandra|
|1997||My Best Friend's Wedding||Samantha Newhouse|
|1998||Hilary and Jackie||Hilary du Pré|
|1998||Divorcing Jack||Lee Cooper|
|1998||Tulip||Writer and Director|
|1999||Me Myself I||Pamela Drury|
|2001||Very Annie Mary||Annie Mary Pugh|
|2002||Hard Word, TheThe Hard Word||Carol|
|2002||Rookie, TheThe Rookie||Lorri Morris|
|2003||Ned Kelly||Susan Scott|
|2006||Step Up||Director Gordan|
|2012||Underground: The Julian Assange Story||Christine Assange|
|2013||Saving Mr. Banks||Aunt Ellie|
|2016||The King's Daughter||Abbess||Post-production|
|2016||Hacksaw Ridge||Bertha Doss|
|1993–1994||Secrets||Sarah Foster||13 episodes|
|1995||Police Rescue||Shelley||Episode: "Breaking Strain"|
|2001–2005||Six Feet Under||Brenda Chenowith||60 episodes|
|2004||Kath & Kim||Herself||Episode: "The Mango Espadrille"|
|2005||Angel Rodriguez||Nicole||Television movie|
|2006–2011||Brothers and Sisters||Sarah Walker||110 episodes|
|2008||Comanche Moon||Inez Scull||3 episodes|
|2010||Rake||Eddie Langhorn||Episode: "R vs Langhorn"|
|2013||Paper Giants: Magazine Wars||Dulcie Boling||2 episodes|
|2013||Camp||MacKenzie Granger||10 episodes|
|2014||House Husbands||Belle||Recurring role|
|2016||Barracuda||Samantha Taylor||4 episodes|
|2017||When We Rise||Diane||Miniseries|
|2015||Nowhere Boys||Series 2, episode 8
Series 2, episode 9
Series 2, episode 10
|2016||Indian Summers||Series 2, episode 4|
Awards and nominations
- "Rachel Griffiths Biography (1968–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-03-07.
- Clohesy, Bernadette (15 December 2012). "Two of us: Kate Kennedy and Rachel Griffiths". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Crown protest led to naked ambition". Melbourne Herald Sun.
- Feinstein, Howard (18 December 1998). "The Rachel capers | Culture | guardian.co.uk". London: Film.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-03-07.
- McWhirter, Erin. "Family comes first". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- Gans, Andrew; Hetrick, Adam (21 July 2011). "Rachel Griffiths and Judith Light Will Join Stockard Channing in Broadway's Other Desert Cities".
- Mathieson, Craig (13 November 2014). "Nowhere Boys: Rachel Griffiths directs in ABC3's second season". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
- "Nowhere Boys: Episodes 8–13 Guide (Series 2)". Australiantelevision.net. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
- "Griffiths gets hitched". Los Angeles Times. 3 January 2003.
- "Rachel Griffiths' Sweet Clementine". 4 August 2009.
- 'Haunted house on the hill': Rachel Griffiths describes abuse history at destroyed Melbourne church ABC, 30 March 2015,