Birth Name: Mary Rose Byrne
Date of Birth: 24 July 1979 (Balmain, Sydney, Australia)
Star sign: Leo
Rose was born the 24 July 1979 in Balmain, a suburb of Sydney in Australia. She is the daughter of Jane and Robin Byrne and the youngest of four children : George, Alice and Lucy.
She attended Balmain Public School and Hunters Hill High School before attending Bradfield College in Crows Nest. She later moved to Newtown and Bondi. She began taking acting classes at age eight, joining the Australian Theatre for Young People and later attended the University of Sydney. In 1999, Byrne studied acting at the Atlantic Theatre Company, which was developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy.
Rose was cast in her first film role, Dallas Doll, when she was 13 years old. She has appeared in several Australian television shows, such as Heartbreak High and Echo Point, and the film Two Hands with Heath Ledger. In 2000, she appeared in The Date, My Mother Frank and Clara Law’s The Goddess of 1967, for which she won the Volpi Cup for “Best Actress” at the 2000 Venice Film Festival. On stage, she played a lead role in La Dispute and in a production of Anton Chekhov’s classic Three Sisters at the Sydney Theatre Company. In 2002, Byrne made her first appearance in a Hollywood film with a small role as Dormé, the handmaiden to Natalie Portman’s Senator Padmé Amidala, in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. She appeared the same year in City of Ghosts with Matt Dillon.
The year previously she had flown to the UK to shoot I Capture the Castle, Tim Fywell’s adaptation of the 1948 novel of the same title by Dodie Smith. In the 2003 release, she portrayed Rose Mortmain, the elder sister of Romola Garai’s Cassandra. In 2003, she starred in three Australian films: The Night We Called It a Day with Melanie Griffith and Dennis Hopper; The Rage in Placid Lake for which she was named Best Actress at the Australian Film Institute; and Take Away, another comedy. But she finally got noticed in 2004 when she starred as Briseis in Troy with Brad Pitt and for her role in the romantic psychological thriller Wicker Park with Josh Hartnett and Diane Kruger. She then reunited with Peter O’Toole in the BBC TV drama Casanova and appeared with Snoop Dogg in The Tenants, based on Bernard Malamud’s novel.
In 2006, Rose portrayed Gabrielle de Polastron, duchesse de Polignac, a French aristocrat and friend of Marie Antoinette, in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, with Kirsten Dunst, and appeared in The Dead Girl, directed by Karen Moncrieff. In 2007, she played Cassie, the pilot in Danny Boyle’s science fiction suspense film Sunshine; followed by Scarlett Ross, an army medical officer in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s science fiction horror 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to Boyle’s 28 Days Later; then appeared in the independent film Just Buried, a Canadian dark comedy. From 2007, Byrne starred as Ellen Parsons in the FX drama production Damages, which ran for five seasons. She also appeared in the Australian film noir The Tender Hook with Hugo Weaving.
In 2009, Byrne co-starred with Nicolas Cage in the science fiction thriller Knowing. Later that year, she appeared in the indie film Adam, with Hugh Dancy. Used to play dramatic roles, Rose finally decided to make her debut in comedies and appeared in 2010 in Get Him to the Greek, starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill. The same year, she was joint lead in the James Wan horror film Insidious. Following her new career choice, Byrne starred in the Kristen Wiig comedy Bridesmaids and also got a part as Moira MacTaggert in the X-Men spin-off X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn.
In 2013, Rose appeared in the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines, with Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, and in the comedy, The Internship, in which Byrne stars opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Byrne also played the newlywed wife in I Give It a Year, a comedy about the trials and tribulations of a couple during their first year of marriage.
Roseworked again with fellow Australians James Wan and Leigh Whannell for the sequel to Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2 was released. The film received mixed reviews from critics and became the biggest opening day in US box office history for the month of September following its release.