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Rachel Anne Griffiths (born 18 December 1968) is an Australian actress. She came to prominence with the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding and her Academy Award
Academy Award
nominated performance in Hilary and Jackie (1998). She portrayed masseuse Brenda Chenowith
Brenda Chenowith
in the HBO
HBO
series Six Feet Under and Sarah Walker Laurent on the ABC drama series Brothers & Sisters. Griffiths has received a Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Australian Film Institute Awards, and an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination for her work.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Griffiths was born in Melbourne, but spent her early childhood on the Gold Coast. She is the daughter of Anna (Hamilton), an art teacher and arts/education consultant, and Edward Martin Griffiths.[1][2] She moved to Melbourne
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.[3] 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
Melbourne
Fringe Festival in 1991. Career[edit] Griffiths and Toni Collette
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
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.[4][5] Griffiths joined forces again with Muriel's Wedding
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
Yorkshire
prostitute who becomes involved with a considerably older Pakistani taxicab driver, played by Om Puri. Griffiths received an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of real-life flautist Hilary du Pré opposite Emily Watson
Emily Watson
as her sister, famed cellist Jacqueline "Jackie" du Pre, in Hilary and Jackie
Hilary and Jackie
(1998). She then appeared in 2001's Blow, opposite Johnny Depp
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
Golden Globe
and Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Awards, as well as two Emmy Award
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.[6] She also played a supportive housewife in the film The Rookie opposite Dennis Quaid
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
Emmy
nomination and a 2008 Emmy
Emmy
nomination for her work on the series. Griffiths received 2008 and 2009 Golden Globe
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
Joe Mantello
and co-starring Judith Light, which began previews on 10 October 2011, opening on 3 November 2011.[7] 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.[8][9] She guest starred in the second to fourth seasons of the VH1
VH1
action crime series Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, with Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender
and Bryce Dallas Howard. Personal life[edit] Griffiths married Australian artist Andrew Taylor on 31 December 2002 in the chapel of her high school, Star of the Sea College, in Melbourne.[10] They have three children: a son born in 2003, and two daughters, born in 2005 and 2009.[11] Griffiths is a practising Catholic.[12] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1994 Muriel's Wedding Rhonda Epinstall

1996 Così Lucy

1996 Jude Arabella

1996 Children of the Revolution Anna

1997 My Son the Fanatic Bettina/Sandra

1997 My Best Friend's Wedding Samantha Newhouse

1998 Among Giants Gerry

1998 Hilary and Jackie Hilary du Pré

1998 Amy Tanya Rammus

1998 Divorcing Jack Lee Cooper

1998 Tulip

Writer and Director

1999 Me Myself I Pamela Drury

2001 Very Annie Mary Annie Mary Pugh

2001 Blow Ermine Jung

2001 Blow Dry Sandra

2002 Hard Word, TheThe Hard Word Carol

2002 Rookie, TheThe Rookie Lorri Morris

2003 Ned Kelly Susan Scott

2006 Step Up Director Gordan

2009 Beautiful Kate Sally

2011 Burning Man Miriam

2012 Underground: The Julian Assange Story Christine Assange

2013 Patrick Matron Cassidy

2013 Saving Mr. Banks Aunt Ellie

2016 Mammal Margaret

2016 Hacksaw Ridge Bertha Doss

2016 Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child General Lynex

2017 Don't Tell Joy Conolly

2017 The King's Daughter Abbess Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1993–1994 Secrets Sarah Foster 13 episodes

1994 Jimeoin Various 8 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 Q&A Herself

2014 House Husbands Belle Recurring role

2016 Indian Summers Sirene

2016 Barracuda Samantha Taylor 4 episodes

2017 When We Rise Diane Miniseries

Director

Year Title Episodes

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[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result

1994 AACTA Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Muriel's Wedding

Won

Film Critics Circle of Australia
Australia
Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated

1997 British Independent Film Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film

My Son the Fanatic

Nominated

1998 Academy Award Best Supporting Actress

Hilary and Jackie

Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated

Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated

AACTA Award Best Actress in a Leading Role

Amy

Nominated

1999 British Independent Film Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film

Hilary and Jackie

Nominated

2000 AACTA Award Best Actress in a Leading Role

Me Myself I

Nominated

Film Critics Circle of Australia
Australia
Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated

2002 AACTA Award Best Actress in a Leading Role

The Hard Word

Nominated

Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

Six Feet Under

Won

Primetime Emmy
Emmy
Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated

2003 Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated

Primetime Emmy
Emmy
Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won

2004 Won

2005 Nominated

2006 Australian Film Institute Awards Best Actress Won

Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated

2007 Primetime Emmy
Emmy
Award Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series

Brothers & Sisters

Nominated

Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated

Australian Film Institute Awards Best Actress Nominated

2008 Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated

Primetime Emmy
Emmy
Award Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series Nominated

Australian Film Institute Awards Best Actress Nominated

2009 Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated

AACTA Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Beautiful Kate

Won

2016

Hacksaw Ridge

Nominated

References[edit]

^ " Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths
Biography (1968–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-03-07.  ^ Stated on Who Do You Think You Are?, October 11, 2016 ^ Clohesy, Bernadette (15 December 2012). "Two of us: Kate Kennedy and Rachel Griffiths". The Sydney Morning Herald.  ^ "Crown protest led to naked ambition". Melbourne
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
Rachel Griffiths
and Judith Light
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
Rachel Griffiths
describes abuse history at destroyed Melbourne
Melbourne
church ABC, 30 March 2015,

External links[edit]

Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths
on IMDb Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Video interview with Rachel Griffiths, talking about Brothers & Sisters[permanent dead link] http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/rachel_griffiths/ http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/rachel-griffiths/bio/170646

Awards for Rachel Griffiths

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AACTA Award
AACTA Award
for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Melissa Jaffer/ Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
(1976) Veronica Lang (1977) Angela Punch McGregor (1978) Pat Evison (1979) Jill Perryman (1980) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1981) Kris McQuade (1982) Linda Hunt
Linda Hunt
(1983) Anna Maria Monticelli (1984) Annie Byron (1985) Lindy Davies (1986) Jan Adele (1987) Tina Bursill (1988) Victoria Longley (1989) Julia Blake (1990) Fiona Press (1991) Pat Thomson (1992) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1993) Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths
(1994) Amanda Douge (1995) Toni Collette
Toni Collette
(1996) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(1997) Toni Collette
Toni Collette
(1998) Sacha Horler
Sacha Horler
(1999) Greta Scacchi
Greta Scacchi
(2000) Rachael Blake (2001) Judi Farr (2002) Sacha Horler
Sacha Horler
(2003) Lynette Curran (2004) Noni Hazlehurst (2005) Susie Porter
Susie Porter
(2006) Emma Booth (2007) Toni Collette
Toni Collette
(2008) Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths
(2009) Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
(2010) Louise Harris
Louise Harris
(2011) Jessica Mauboy
Jessica Mauboy
(2012) Elizabeth Debicki
Elizabeth Debicki
(2013) Susan Prior (2014) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(2015) Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto
(2016) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(2017)

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AACTA Award
AACTA Award
for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Melissa Jaffer/ Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
(1976) Veronica Lang (1977) Angela Punch McGregor (1978) Pat Evison (1979) Jill Perryman (1980) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1981) Kris McQuade (1982) Linda Hunt
Linda Hunt
(1983) Anna Maria Monticelli (1984) Annie Byron (1985) Lindy Davies (1986) Jan Adele (1987) Tina Bursill (1988) Victoria Longley (1989) Julia Blake (1990) Fiona Press (1991) Pat Thomson (1992) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1993) Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths
(1994) Amanda Douge (1995) Toni Collette
Toni Collette
(1996) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(1997) Toni Collette
Toni Collette
(1998) Sacha Horler
Sacha Horler
(1999) Greta Scacchi
Greta Scacchi
(2000) Rachael Blake (2001) Judi Farr (2002) Sacha Horler
Sacha Horler
(2003) Lynette Curran (2004) Noni Hazlehurst (2005) Susie Porter
Susie Porter
(2006) Emma Booth (2007) Toni Collette
Toni Collette
(2008) Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths
(2009) Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
(2010) Louise Harris
Louise Harris
(2011) Jessica Mauboy
Jessica Mauboy
(2012) Elizabeth Debicki
Elizabeth Debicki
(2013) Susan Prior (2014) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(2015) Miranda Otto
Miranda Otto
(2016) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(2017)

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Equity Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries

The Slap (2011): Costabile; B. Davis; E. Davis; Dimitriades; George; Glenn; Hayes; LaPaglia; Lowe; Marinos; McInnes; Okonedo; Townsend; Yianni

Devil's Dust (2012): Foulkes; Hany; Hayes; Hegney; Leslie; Schepisi

Top of the Lake (2013): Buchanan; Hunter; Joe; Lemon; Malcolm; Moss; Mullan; Nevin; Ryan; Wenham; Wright

ANZAC Girls (2014): Brent; Clare; Craig; Debelle; Flood; Lasance; Mayer; McClelland; McGahan; Prebble

Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door (2015): Baldwin; Farnell; Gibney; Jackson; Mills, Szeps; Thornton; West

Barracuda (2016): Anton; Cobham-Hervey; Creer; Griffiths; Haralabidou; Kindon; Nable; Taylor

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Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

Gail Fisher
Gail Fisher
(1970) Sue Ane Langdon
Sue Ane Langdon
(1971) Ruth Buzzi
Ruth Buzzi
(1972) Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
(1973) Betty Garrett
Betty Garrett
(1974) Hermione Baddeley
Hermione Baddeley
(1975) Josette Banzet (1976) Polly Holliday
Polly Holliday
(1978) Polly Holliday
Polly Holliday
(1979) Valerie Bertinelli/ Diane Ladd
Diane Ladd
(1980) Valerie Bertinelli
Valerie Bertinelli
(1981) Shelley Long
Shelley Long
(1982) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1983) Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway
(1984) Sylvia Sidney
Sylvia Sidney
(1985) Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
(1986) Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
(1987) Katherine Helmond
Katherine Helmond
(1988) Amy Madigan
Amy Madigan
(1989) Piper Laurie
Piper Laurie
(1990) Amanda Donohoe (1991) Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
(1992) Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
(1993) Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson
(1994) Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight
(1995) Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(1996) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
(1997) Faye Dunaway/ Camryn Manheim
Camryn Manheim
(1998) Nancy Marchand
Nancy Marchand
(1999) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2000) Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths
(2001) Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall
(2002) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2003) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(2004) Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh
(2005) Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt
(2006) Samantha Morton
Samantha Morton
(2007) Laura Dern
Laura Dern
(2008) Chloë Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny
(2009) Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch
(2010) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2011) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2012) Jacqueline Bisset
Jacqueline Bisset
(2013) Joanne Froggatt
Joanne Froggatt
(2014) Maura Tierney
Maura Tierney
(2015) Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman
(2016) Laura Dern
Laura Dern
(2017)

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Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play

Caroline O'Connor (2001) Amanda Muggleton
Amanda Muggleton
(2002) Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths
(2003) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2004) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2005) Caroline O'Connor (2006) Ursula Yovich (2007) Leah Purcell
Leah Purcell
(2008) Robyn Nevin (2009) Julie Forsyth (2010) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2011) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2012) Alison Bell (2013) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2014) Pamela Rabe
Pamela Rabe
(2015) Paula Arundell (2016) Kate Mulvany (2017)

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Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

2000: The West Wing, season 1/season 2

Hill Janney Kelly Lowe Moloney Schiff Sheen Spencer Whitford

2001: The West Wing, season 2/season 3

Hill Janney Lowe Moloney Schiff Sheen Spencer Whitford

2002: Six Feet Under, season 2

Ambrose Conroy Griffiths Hall Krause Rodríguez St. Patrick

2003: Six Feet Under, season 3

Ambrose Conroy Foster Griffiths Hall Krause Macdissi Machado Rodríguez St. Patrick Taylor Wilson

2004: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, season 4/season 5

Dourdan Eads Fox Guilfoyle Hall Helgenberger Petersen Szmanda

2005: Lost, season 1/season 2

Akinnuoye-Agbaje Andrews de Ravin Fox Garcia Grace Holloway Kelley D. D. Kim Y. Kim Lilly Monaghan O'Quinn Perrineau Rodriguez Somerhalder Watros

2006: Grey's Anatomy, season 2/season 3

Chambers Dane Dempsey Heigl Knight Oh Pickens Pompeo Ramirez Walsh Washington Wilson

2007: The Sopranos, season 6, part II

Antonacci Bracco Falco Gandolfini Grimaldi Iler Imperioli Nascarella Schirripa Servitto Sigler Sirico Turturro Van Zandt Vincent

2008: Mad Men, season 2

Batt Brie Gladis Hamm Hart Hendricks Jones Kartheiser Moses Moss Shipka Slattery Sommer Staton

2009: Mad Men, season 3

Alemanni Batt Gilmore Gladis Hamm Harris Hendricks Jones Kartheiser Morse Moss Shipka Slattery Sommer Stanley Staton

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