Rachel Griffiths

Rachel Griffiths

  • Highest Rated: 88% Hilary and Jackie (1998)
  • Lowest Rated: 19% Blow Dry (2001)
  • Birthday: Dec 18, 1968
  • Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Injecting both sexy vitality and strong-minded intelligence into every role she plays, Rachel Griffiths is one of the screen's most interesting and unpredictable actresses. Since her breakthrough role as Rhonda in the 1994 Muriel's Wedding, Griffiths -- whose looks recall an off-kilter amalgam of Juliette Lewis and Juliette Binoche -- has earned international appreciation for her work, particularly in the form of the Oscar nomination she received for her performance in Hilary and Jackie (1998). Born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, on June 4th, 1968, Griffiths grew up in Melbourne with her art consultant mother and two older brothers. A 1990 graduate of Victoria College, where she earned a Bachelor of Education degree in drama and dance, she began her career as a member of Woolly Jumpers, Inc., a community theatre group. She had her first success as the creator and performer of Barbie Gets Hip, which played at the 1991 Melbourne International Film Festival. Griffiths' true breakthrough came courtesy of her film debut in P.J. Hogan's sleeper hit Muriel's Wedding. As the fast-living best friend of the film's titular heroine (Toni Collette), Griffiths gave a scene-stealing performance that earned her both the Australian Film Critics Award and the Australian Film Institute Award for best supporting actress. She followed this triumph in 1996 with a drastically different role, that of the earthy, ill-mannered pig farmer wife of the titular protagonist (Christopher Eccleston) in Michael Winterbottom's Jude. After returning to Australia to star in two back-to-back comedies, Cosi (which had Griffiths sharing the screen with Muriel co-star Collette) and Children of the Revolution (both 1996), Griffiths re-teamed with director Hogan for a supporting role in My Best Friend's Wedding (1997). Her first major Hollywood film, it overshadowed her starring role in that same year's My Son the Fanatic, a romantic comedy that featured the actress in a tough, dynamic portrayal of a London prostitute who becomes involved with a Pakistani taxi driver (Om Puri). Griffiths finally earned overdue recognition with her portrayal of the real life Hilary Du Pre, sister of famed cellist Jaqueline Du Pre, in Hilary and Jackie (1998). Cast opposite Emily Watson as Jackie, she gave a strong, understated performance and more than managed to hold her own against the prodigiously talented Watson, whose own performance was tremendously vibrant and forceful. The two actresses complemented one another so perfectly that they both earned Oscar nominations, Watson for Best Actress and Griffiths for Best Supporting Actress.Griffiths found further success as the first-time director of Tulip, a short film about a man's readjustment to life after his wife's death. The film earned awards at a number of international film festivals and established Griffiths as a promising filmmaker. However, she quickly returned to working on the other side of the camera, starring in such little-seen films as Among Giants (1998), a romantic drama in which she played an Australian hitchhiker who finds adventure in the wilds of Sheffield. Back in Australia, Griffiths won lavish acclaim for her role in Me Myself I (1999), in which she starred as a young woman who gets the opportunity to experience her own life in a parallel universe. Although the film came in for decidedly mixed reviews, critics were almost unanimous in their agreement over the strength of Griffiths' performance. The following year she could be seen in Blow Dry, a British comedy about two competing hair salons that featured her as a salon owner who becomes romantically involved with the ex- wife (Natasha Richardson) of her business rival.Turning up opposite Johnny Depp in Blow the same year, Griffiths' rise to international stardom continued it's ascent as she took home the Best Supporting Actress in a television series award for her role in HBO's Six Feet Under. Although her career has assumed international proportions

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

65% Ride Like a Girl Director Producer 2019
63% The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One General Lynex 2017
80% Don't Tell Joy Conolly 2017
85% Hacksaw Ridge Bertha Doss $67.2M 2016
75% Mammal Margaret 2015
76% Patrick: Evil Awakens Matron Cassidy 2014
79% Saving Mr. Banks Aunt Ellie $53.3M 2013
76% Burning Man Miriam 2012
No Score Yet Underground Actor 2012
No Score Yet Underground Actor 2012
84% Beautiful Kate Sally Kendall 2009
No Score Yet Comanche Moon Inez Scull 2008
20% Step Up Director Gordon $65.3M 2006
83% Angel Rodriguez Nicole 2005
No Score Yet Plainsong Maggie Jonas 2004
39% The Hard Word Carol Twentyman $0.5M 2003
56% Ned Kelly Mrs. Scott 2003
No Score Yet After the Deluge Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina Albertine 2002
73% Showboy Herself 2002
84% The Rookie Lorri Morris $75.5M 2002
55% Blow Ermine Jung 2001
19% Blow Dry Sandra 2001
43% Amy Tanya Rammus 2001
34% Very Annie Mary Annie-Mary 2001
No Score Yet Divorcing Jack Actor 2001
63% Me Myself I Pamela Drury 2000
78% My Son the Fanatic Bettina 1999
60% Among Giants Gerry 1999
88% Hilary and Jackie Hilary Du Pre 1998
No Score Yet Divorcing Jack Lee Cooper 1998
32% Welcome to Woop Woop Sylvia 1998
20% Since You've Been Gone Sally Zalinsky 1998
73% My Best Friend's Wedding Samantha Newhouse 1997
80% Children of the Revolution Anna 1997
No Score Yet Cosi Lucy 1997
No Score Yet To Have and to Hold Kate Henely 1996
81% Jude Arabella 1996
78% Muriel's Wedding Rhonda 1995

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

40% Dead Lucky
2018
Grace Gibbs
  • 2018
82% When We Rise
2016-2017
Diane
  • 2017
No Score Yet Barracuda
2016
Mrs. Taylor
  • 2016
83% Indian Summers
2015-2016
Sirene
  • 2016
29% Camp
2013
Mackenzie "Mack" Granger Mackenzie Greenfield
  • 2013
79% Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
Sarah Sarah Whedon Sarah Walker
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • 2010
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
2008
Inez Scull
  • 2008
No Score Yet Kath & Kim
2002-2007
  • 2005
83% Six Feet Under
2001-2005
Brenda Chenowith
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Black Bitch
2019
Executive Producer Creator Rachel Anderson

QUOTES FROM Rachel Griffiths CHARACTERS

Muriel
I want to get married! I've always wanted to get married. If I get married it means I've changed, I'm a new person.
Rhonda
How?
Muriel
Because who'd want to marry me?