Frances O'ConnorPlays Charlotte Cleary
After gaining acclaim in her native Australia, Frances O’Connor has gone on to capture the attention of audiences worldwide, demonstrating her versatility as an actress in all mediums including film, television and theater.
O’Connor was last seen on the small screen in her Golden Globe®-nominated role in the acclaimed Starz miniseries The Missing and the acclaimed ITV/PBS series Mr. Selfridge opposite Jeremy Piven. Prior to that, she completed the Universal feature Mercy; the indie The Truth About Emanuel for director Francesca Gregorini opposite Jessica Biel and Alfred Molina; and the Billy Bob Thornton-directed feature Jayne Mansfield’s Car opposite Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, John Hurt and Billy Bob Thornton.
Other credits include the Aussie features The Hunter opposite Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill and Blessed opposite Miranda Otto and Deborra-Lee Furness for which she won Best Actress at the Australian Film Institute Awards (the Aussie equivalent of the Oscar®). On TV she made a splash starring on the ABC series Cashmere Mafia, executive produced by Darren Starr. She also received rave reviews and an Evening Standard Award nomination for her title character performance in the West End production Tom and Viv.
Upon graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, O’Connor joined the Melbourne Theatre Company. Soon after, she appeared on several Australian television series, including Halifax f.p., before her film debut in the Australian independent feature Love and Other Catastrophes. She starred opposite Radha Mitchell in this surprise hit which screened successfully at the Cannes Film Festival. O’Connor went on to star in Kiss or Kill, garnering the Best Actress Award at the Montreal Film Festival as well as a nomination by the Australian Film Institute for Best Actress. She then received a second nomination the same year by the Australian Film Institute for Best Actress for her portrayal in Thank God He Met Lizzie, opposite Cate Blanchett.
O’Connor came to international attention with her first non-Australian film, in 1999, as Franny Price in Patricia Rozema’s adaptation of Mansfield Park, opposite Embeth Davidtz and Alessandro Nivola. In 2001, O’Connor received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for her starring role in the BBC miniseries Madame Bovary. These two remarkable performances caught the attention of Steven Spielberg, who would later cast her to star opposite Jude Law in A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
Frances will next appear in Mystery Ride alongside Sam Neill.