Mary Rose Byrne (born July 24, 1979; age: 38) is an Australian actress best known for her supporting role in the FX legal drama series Damages, (2007-2012), in which she starred in all five seasons.

Byrne has also starred in the films Knowing, Insidious, X-Men: First Class, Bridesmaids, Neighbors, Troy, Get Him to the Greek, and 28 Weeks Later. 

Rose Byrne Bio: Early Life

Byrne was born in Balmain, which lies on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia, to Jane, an elementary school staff member, and Robin Byrne, a semi-retired statistician and market researcher.

She is of Scottish and Irish descent, and has three older siblings.

Byrne said in a 2009 interview that she and her father are agnostics, while her mother is an atheist.

Byrne first attended Bradfield College in Crows Nest, New South Wales, and then joined the Australian Theatre for Young People and eventually enrolled in the University of Sydney. She then studied drama at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City in 1999.

Rose Byrne Bio: Early Acting Career

Byrne landed her first feature film role at the age of 13 in the 1994 Australian movie Dallas Doll. She then made appearances in many Australian television series, including Heartbreak High (1999) and Echo Point, (1995), as well as the 1999 crime comedy film Two Hands alongside Heath Ledger.

After this, Byrne starred in several plays: she played a lead character in La Dispute and in a production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Byrne first appeared in a Hollywood movie in 2002 when she played the tiny role as the handmaiden to Natalie Portman’ Padme Amidala in Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones. That year, she also starred in the drama City of Ghosts alongside Matt Dillon. 

In 2004, Byrne played Briseis in the epic war film Troy. That same year, she starred opposite Diane Kruger and Josh Hartnett in the romantic psychological thriller Wicker Park. 

Byrne then starred with Snoop Dogg and Dylan McDermott in the 2005 drama The Tenants, a film based on a novel by Bernard Malamud.

In 2006, Byrne played French aristocrat Gabrielle de Polastron in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, which starred Kirsten Dunst in the lead role.

Byrne then played Cassie, a pilot in Danny Boyle’s 2007 sci-fi mystery movie Sunshine, and then a military medical officer in the sci-fi horror flick 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to Boyle’s 28 Days Later. She also starred in the Canadian independent film Just Buried, a dark comedy.

Byrne then got her first major television role when she began playing Ellen Parsons in the FX legal drama series Damages (2007-2012) alongside Glenn Close. 

In 2008, Byrne starred in the Australian film noir The Tender Hook opposite Hugo Weaving. 

Byrne also starred alongside Nicolas Cage in the 2009 sci-fi thriller Knowing, as well as the independent film Adam, which starred Hugh Dancy. 

Rose Byrne Bio: Mainstream Breakout (2010-Present)

Byrne then starred in two films in 2010: the horror movie Insidious, which co-starred Patrick Wilson, and the comedy Get Him to the Greek, co-starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill. 

Byrne had a breakout year in 2011, when she starred in two major films: the comedy Bridesmaids and X-Men: First Class. She received mostly positive reviews for her performance in the former film as Helen, the rival of Kristen Wiig’s character.

In 2013, Byrne starred in several films: the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines (alongside Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper), Insidious: Chapter 2, and the comedies I Give It A Year and The Internship. She also appeared in the anthology film The Turning. 

Byrne also appeared in several films in 2014, including the comedies Neighbors (alongside Seth Rogen and Zac Efron), Adult Beginners, and the remake of the musical Annie. 

Byrne also starred in the comedy-drama This Is Where I Leave You and narrated a segment of the documentary Unity. 

In 2015, Byrne reunited with Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig, her co-star and director from Bridesmaids, for the action comedy film Spy. Byrne played a villain in the film.

In 2016, Byrne starred in three films: the comedy-drama The Meddler — which co-starred Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons — and reprised her roles in the films Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and X-Men: Apocalypse. 

Byrne then played real-life journalist Rebecca Skloot in the 2017 HBO film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, based on her book of the same name. Oprah Winfrey co-starred in the movie.

Also in 2017, Byrne appeared in Louis C.K.’s black-and-white comedy-drama film I Love You, Daddy. 

Byrne most recently starred in the comedy-drama film Juliet, Naked (based on Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name). The film, which co-stars Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in January.

Byrne also played a fictionalized version of Beatrix Potter in the live-action/CGI animated comedy Peter Rabbitbased on the English author’s series of children’s books of the same name. Byrne also voiced the character Jemima Puddle-Duck in the film.

Among Byrne’s upcoming projects is the film We Are Your Fist, which will co-star Sandra Bullock, Rachel Weisz, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Zooey Deschanel and Anna Kendrick. 

Rose Byrne Bio: Interview On ‘Knowing’

In 2009, Byrne was interviewed exclusively by users about her sci-fi apocalypse film Knowing, which co-starred Nicolas Cage. Byrne discussed the end-of-the-world film, her second movie of that genre after 28 Weeks Later. 

When asked if she ever worries that the end of civilization may come soon, Byrne said she has.

“Yeah, I definitely do,” she revealed. “I’m pretty practical in the sense of the carbon footprint of humanity and those sorts of things and of the damage that we’ve already done. I remember being in England and there was this huge fear that bird flu was going to break out–this kind of flu that was from ducks and geese–they were saying was going to wipe out England a few years ago. But, you know, it’s a real possibility it’s like the Bubonic Plague, it could happen again. All you can do is try to live your life as cleanly honestly and critically aware of how you treat the Earth and each other.”

Byrne also said she doesn’t believe one single person could be entrusted with the knowledge that the world was going to end.

“I believe the environment is in true danger,” she said. “I trust scientists more than anyone else. If that isn’t dealt with, then obviously the world is going to change indefinitely.”

Rose Byrne Bio: Boyfriends, Bobby Cannavale, Social Media, Quotes

Byrne dated Australian writer, director and actor Brendan Cowell for over six years, until around January 2010.

In 2012, Byrne began dating actor Bobby Cannavaleher co-star from two movies: Spy and Adult Beginners. The couple have two sons together: Rocco, born in February 2016, and Rafa, born in November 2017.

As of 2013, Byrne lived in New York and has said she stays fearful about keeping a steady career: “I don’t think that insecurity ever leaves you. You’re a freelancer. There’s always an element of uncertainty.”

Byrne does not have accounts on any major social media platforms like Twitter or Instagram.


“You see someone on the street wearing an outfit and then it’s on the cover of a magazine. I love. But, you know, I’m Australian, so I’m not too flashy or glitzy.”

“I liked the Beastie Boys and A Tribe Called Quest and Cypress Hill.”

“I’m ambitious but I’m not particularly competitive. I’ll try to get roles, as I think it’s healthy to go for things, but… I think there’s too much competition between women already. It’s important to have female solidarity and support each other and other actresses.”

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