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Overview (2)

Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Essie Davis was born on January 7, 1970 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. She is an actress and producer, known for The Babadook (2014), Assassin's Creed (2016) and True History of the Kelly Gang (2019). She has been married to Justin Kurzel since 2002. They have two children.

Family (3)

Spouse Justin Kurzel (2002 - present)  (2 children)
Children Kurzel, Stella
Kurzel, Ruby
Parents Davis, Mary
Davis, George

Trivia (10)

Won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Royal National Theatre in England as Stella Kowalski opposite Glenn Close and Iann Glenn. Directed by Trevor Nunn. (2/4/2004).
She was awarded the 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress of 2002 for her performance in "A Streetcar Named Desire" as Stella Kowalski performed at the Royal National Theatre: Lyttelton.
Was nominated for Broadway's 2003 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for a revival of Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers."
She graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a degree in Performing Arts (Acting) in 1992.
She and Simon Russell Beale Starred in the Broadway (New York City) production of Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers" until August 2004. Both were nominated for Tony awards. [April 2004]
She was nominated for Best Newcomer in the Sydney theatre Critics Circle for her standout performance as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet opposite Daniel Lapaine in The Bell Shakespeare Company.
She was nominated for Best Actress in the Sydney Helpman Awards for her portrayal of Lady Teazle in Judy Davis' Directed production of "School For Scandal" at Sydney Theatre Company.
Has twin daughters, Ruby Kurzel & Stella Kurzel (b.2006), with her husband Justin Kurzel.
In 2002 she married her boyfriend of 7 years Justin Kurzel.
Her astrological sign is Capricorn.

Personal Quotes (58)

I've had really a great choice of roles that have been very different from one another. And I think I kind of set out to do that when I began my career - to aim to never play the same thing twice.
Sometimes it's easy to do brave things in front of a thousand people, but it's hard to do them in front of a handful. It feels so much more exposing.
I honestly do think that every character - you pick up the things, little things that you like about them in your life. Especially if you play a character for a long time.
I used to buy things for every hotel room or every place I lived in to make it feel like home.
One of the things I have loved so much about the career that I have had is that pretty much every character I have played is diametrically opposite to the one before it.
Parenting is meant to be just a natural part of life. You just think you know how to do it but, of course, it's much more complicated than that.
I don't know if I want to walk down the street and have everyone staring. I think that would be awful. I'm a pretty shy person, really.
I personally don't resent having my children.
I'm incredibly ambitious, but I feel I've got a fantastic career, and I love the anonymity. I love that no one knows who I am.
Most mothers think they are bad mothers. We all make terrible mistakes, often, and always think we're getting it wrong.
I feel lucky that I've managed to get the roles I've wanted.
Trying to get over to the 'on camera' side of things has been hard work.
Getting fan mail from Brazil is kind of funny.
I have children, and they demand my full and complete attention. They get that when I'm at home, even during the night, but it is really hard, and I do wonder how a lot of women do it without bawling their eyes out every day.
I'm a fan of mindfulness, and if colouring in is a way of reaching mindfulness, then I think it's great. But I'm amazed that anyone has the time to do that. I certainly don't.
Acting is embarrassing.
I never spend more than a week away from the children.
I think every character rubs off on you a little bit.
It's hard, but what's the point of having children unless you're there to raise them, I reckon.
I was terrified of being a mum because I didn't think I'd ever be grown up enough.
I never said I wanted to be a movie star.
I would love to get a job in France!
Everyone has a point of view about corporal punishment.
I miss my friends in London, and I really miss New York. But I also miss the stability of staying in one place and being able to just open a drawer if you've run out of sticky tape and chuck a new roll in the holder.
I want to have the great roles that move people profoundly. I want to have the choice and be given the opportunity to play those roles, and unfortunately, fame plays a huge part in that.
Even though I love fashion and the red carpet dresses are a great, fun, glorious thing, I don't really have my finger on the pulse, as Phryne Fisher does, of the fashion industry.
Being a mother impacts every aspect of your life. It's a rite of passage which gives you an entirely different outlook on things.
Phryne Fisher could walk down the red carpet; Essie Davis is something else.
I love Australia and loved growing up here, and that's something I don't want to deny our children, but it's difficult sustaining a career in Australia.
As soon as you become a parent, everyone gives you their parenting advice. It's like an onslaught of information about how other people do it.
'The Slap' is not like anything else. It's an incredibly well-written novel that has been turned into a great and intriguing series that reveals both less and more about each character than you learn in the book. It's a novel that has been given a second chance to live.
I wanted to be an actor, but only because I wanted to be everything, and that was the only way I could be a marine biologist as well.
The news is so instantly available to us without delay, interpretation, or a filter. What is hot right now is streamed live without context or perspective.
I always knew I wanted to go to NIDA. I think I was very fortunate, and I do doubt myself often, but I didn't see any possibility of me not going to NIDA. I believed in myself, and I believed that, if you really do want something, you get it.
I grew up with a love of words.
It's such a magnificent thing to be able to love someone and expect nothing from them.
I think my morals are perfectly... tight!
'The Custodian' was my first film, and there were so many lessons to learn in that week. It was really fun, but for me, I look at it as a training film, and I'm not really proud of my work in it.
I do like having a private life.
Goals are essentially private things.
People who don't know how old I am can cast me as the woman in 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' and can cast me as Stella in 'Streetcar Named Desire,' and they are miles apart.
There are some jobs that you go for because achieving them would take your career in a direction that you would like it to go, but mostly, I want to play the roles and have had the great good fortune and opportunities to play some fantastic roles and been very, very fortunate.
I have learnt a lot about theatre, and I would like to know the same about film.
Awards and nominations really help sell films.
There's something great about being on location with a bunch of people - there's a camaraderie and intimacy that builds up over time.
I want to carry a really great role in a great film.
I learn the techniques and then take what I need. I have the Essie Davis technique of acting. I'm an instinctive actress.
It's nice being married to somebody who thinks you've got something better in you.
I've sung before, first in a band in high school and then in a band in Norway, but never in a musical.
I think the unemployment rate for actors is pretty much the same in Sydney, London and New York. In all three cities, there are more actors than there are jobs. But I do think that there are far more acting opportunities in London and New York than in Sydney, where there are approximately seven actors that you see over and over again in every play.
Film directors don't come to the theatre in Sydney. In London and New York, they do.
There are many books that I love dearly, and I've seen many televised or film recreations that I just haven't thought were up to scratch.
Even if the Tonys aren't as glitzy as the Oscars, being a part of the ceremony is no less exciting.
I think you've got to understand your character and where they're coming from.
I think it's an actor's gift to be as old as people think you are.
I often get mistaken for all different kinds of ages; some of them flattering, some of them not.
I'm just a very fortunate actor who has not been typecast.
I've really had a great career. It's been part fortune and part my own choices that steered my own career into playing the great roles that I've played on stage in Australia and at the National and West End in London and on Broadway.

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