Biography

Rachel Anne Griffiths is an Australian film and television actress. She came to prominence with the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding and her Academy Award nominated performance in Hilary and Jackie (1998). She is best known for her portrayals of Brenda Chenowith in the HBO series Six Feet Under and Sarah Walker Laurent on the ABC primetime drama Brothers & Sisters. Her work in film and television has earned her a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and three Australian Film Institute Awards.

Griffith attended Melbourne University, studying philosophy, before attending the drama department at Victoria School of the Art.  After college, she began working with the touring youth company Woolly Jumpers Theater Company, as well as the Melbourne Theater Company, where she appeared in numerous dramas.  

Griffiths made a name for herself in 1991 when she wrote and performed in the short film "Barbie Gets Hip,” which was screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival. She landed a few TV spots before she was cast as Rhonda, Toni Collette's sidekick in P.J. Hogan's "Muriel's Wedding" (1994), winning her an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actress. These successes jump-started her career, landing her numerous dramatic and comedic roles in overseas productions, before making her American cinema debut with her second P.J. Hogan collaboration, "My Best Friend's Wedding” (1997).

In the fall of 2001, Griffiths accepted her first major television series role and came aboard Alan Ball’s HBO series "Six Feet Under."  Griffith stayed with the show during its five years of critical acclaim, while at the same time, continued to appear an lend her voice to screen and direct-to-video features before returning to telvision to star in "Brothers and Sisters" to much similar acclaim. 

Rachel Anne Griffiths is an Australian film and television actress. She came to prominence with the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding and her Academy Award nominated performance in Hilary and Jackie (1998). She is best known for her portrayals of Brenda Chenowith in the HBO series Six Feet Under and Sarah Walker Laurent on the ABC primetime drama Brothers & Sisters. Her work in film and television has earned her a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and three Australian Film Institute Awards.

Griffith attended Melbourne University, studying philosophy, before attending the drama department at Victoria School of the Art.  After college, she began working with the touring youth company Woolly Jumpers Theater Company, as well as the Melbourne Theater Company, where she appeared in numerous dramas.  

Griffiths made a name for herself in 1991 when she wrote and performed in the short film "Barbie Gets Hip,” which was screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival. She landed a few TV spots before she was cast as Rhonda, Toni Collette's sidekick in P.J. Hogan's "Muriel's Wedding" (1994), winning her an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actress. These successes jump-started her career, landing her numerous dramatic and comedic roles in overseas productions, before making her American cinema debut with her second P.J. Hogan collaboration, "My Best Friend's Wedding” (1997).

In the fall of 2001, Griffiths accepted her first major television series role and came aboard Alan Ball’s HBO series "Six Feet Under."  Griffith stayed with the show during its five years of critical acclaim, while at the same time, continued to appear an lend her voice to screen and direct-to-video features before returning to telvision to star in "Brothers and Sisters" to much similar acclaim. 

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 62

Birthday 1968-12-18

Place of Birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

The King's Daughter as Abbess
2018 Dead Lucky(4 episodes) as Grace Gibbs
2018 Terror Nullius as (Archive Footage)
2017 Making Muriel as Herself
2017 Don't Tell as Joy Conolly
2017 David Stratton: A Cinematic Life as Herself
2017 When We Rise(4 episodes) as Diane
2016 Hacksaw Ridge as Bertha Doss
2016 Barracuda(4 episodes) as Samantha Taylor
2016 Mammal as Margaret
2016 The Osiris Child as General Lynex
2015 Deadline Gallipoli(2 episodes) as Lady Hamilton
2013 Saving Mr. Banks as Aunt Ellie
2013 Patrick as Matron Cassidy
2013 Camp(10 episodes) as Mackenzie 'Mack' Granger
2013 Butterflies as Claire
2013 Paper Giants: Magazine Wars(2 episodes) as Dulcie Boling
2012 Underground: The Julian Assange Story as Christine Assange
2011 Burning Man as Miriam
2009 Beautiful Kate as Sally Kendall
2008 Comanche Moon(3 episodes) as Inez Scull
2006 Brothers and Sisters(113 episodes) as Sarah Walker
2006 Step Up as Director Gordon
2005 Angel as Nicole
2003 After the Deluge as Beth
2003 After the Deluge as Annie
2003 Ned Kelly as Susan Scott
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live!(1 episode)
2003 Land of the Morning Star as Narrator (voice)
2002 The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina as Albertine
2002 The Hard Word as Carol
2002 V Graham Norton(1 episode)
2002 The Rookie as Lorri Morris
2001 Six Feet Under(75 episodes) as Brenda Chenowith
2001 Very Annie Mary as Annie Mary Pugh
2001 Blow as Ermine Jung
2001 Blow Dry as Sandra
2000 Me Myself I as Pamela Drury
1999 Rove(1 episode) as Herself
1998 Hilary and Jackie as Hilary Du Pré
1998 Divorcing Jack as Lee Cooper
1998 Welcome to Woop Woop as Sylvia
1998 Among Giants as Gerry
1998 Since You've Been Gone as Sally Zalinsky
1997 My Son the Fanatic as Bettina / Sandra
1997 Amy as Tanya Rammus
1997 My Best Friend's Wedding as Samantha Newhouse
1996 Once a Thief(1 episode)
1996 Children of the Revolution as Constable Anna Welch
1996 Cosi as Lucy
1996 Jude as Arabella
1996 To Have & To Hold as Kate
1994 Muriel's Wedding as Rhonda Epinstalk
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(1 episode)
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(1 episode)
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(1 episode)
1953 The Academy Awards(1 episode)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(1 episode)

Directing

2019 Ride Like a GirlDirector
2013 Nowhere Boys(3 episodes)Director
2005 DeKronos - Il Demone del TempoDirector
2002 RoundaboutDirector
1998 TulipDirector

Writing

1998 TulipWriter

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