In a short time, Australian Actress Emily Browning has established herself as one of the industry’s most versatile and exciting young talents, balancing studio films with artful independent fare.
Browning first received international recognition when she was cast as Violet Baudelaire in the 2004 film adaptation of the popular children’s book series, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. She received a 2005 Critics Choice Award nomination for ‘Best Young Actress’ from the Broadcast Film Critics Association on behalf of her performance, as well as a 2005 ‘Best Actress’ Award by the Australian Film Institute.
In 2011, Browning starred in Julia Leigh’s art-house film Sleeping Beauty, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. While the film received mixed reactions from critics and journalists for pushing the envelope, Browning received critical praise for her demanding performance. She was honored with the ‘Breakthrough Performer’ Award at the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival and received a ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ nomination by the Film Critics Circle of Australia, as well as the Australian Film Critics Association.
In 2014, Browning starred and sang in the musical feature film God Help the Girl, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch of the music group Belle and Sebastian. The film follows Eve (Browning), who escapes from a psychiatric hospital and makes her way to Glasgow, hoping to become a musician. God Help the Girl premiered in-competition in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the ‘Special Jury Prize’. That next month, the film served as the opening night film of the Generation’s SELECTION?? at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
Browning most recently appeared opposite Tom Hardy in the criminal biopic Legend, which was written and directed by Brian Helgeland. Legend depicts the rise and fall of real-life twin brothers, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, who dominated organized crime in London during the 1960s before their 1969 convictions for murder. Hardy portrays both Kray brothers and Browning plays Frances Shea, a woman who tragically falls for Reggie Kray and marries him. In October 2015, Universal Studios released the film in the U.S. after its premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015.
Browning recently completed production on Eddie O’Keefe’s directorial debut, Shangri-La Suite. The film, which was also written by O’Keefe and Chris Hutton, follows two young lovers, played by Browning and Luke Grimes, who break out of a mental hospital in 1974 and set out on a road trip to Los Angeles to fulfill the boy’s lifelong dream of killing his idol, Elvis Presley. Shangri-La Suite is being produced by Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger of Bona Fide Productions.
Browning’s debut acting role was in the 1998 Hallmark Channel movie The Echo of Thunder. Additional roles in her home country of Australia soon followed, including recurring roles in the television series’ “Blue Heelers,” “Something in the Air,” and “High Flyers.” Other film credits include: Ghost Ship, Ned Kelly, The Uninvited, Stranded, Sucker Punch, Magic Magic, The Host, Summer in February, Plush, and Pompeii.
Browning currently resides in Los Angeles.