Essie Davis - biography

Actor from Australia

Essie Davis (born 1970) is an Australian actress. Born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania, she is the daughter of locally famed artist George Davis. Essie Davis emerged from the Old Nick Company at the University of Tasmania in the late 1980s. She is also a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. Her acting career began with the Bell Shakespeare company when, straight out of NIDA, she was cast as Juliet in the 1993 production of Romeo and Juliet. Her film career started after her role in the all Australian movie Dad and Dave: On Our Selection (1995), also starring other prestigious actors such as Geoffrey Rush, Leo McKern, and Joan Sutherland. Her most famous movie roles are in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, Richard Flanagan's 1998 Tasmanian film The Sound of One Hand Clapping, and Girl with a Pearl Earring. In 2003 she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her UK performance in the Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire. In 2004 she starred in a Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's Jumpers, for which she earned a Tony nomination. In 2005 she appeared as Mrs. Nellie Lovett in the BBC production of Sweeney  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Essie Davies
Date of birth
Place of birth
George Davis
Justin Kurzel


Institution From To
National Institute of Dramatic Art


Year Performance Character
2011 Burning Man Karen
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Marella
2010 The Wedding Party Jane
2008 Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger Grace Blueburger
2006 The Silence
2006 Sweeney Todd
2005 Isolation
2003 After the Deluge
2003 Girl with a Pearl Earring Catharina Bolnes Vermeer
1997 The Ripper

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