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Abbie Cornish was born on August 7, 1982 in Lochinvar, New South Wales, Australia. She is an Australian actress.

Biography and Career :
When she was thirteen years old she participated at a Dolly Magazine competition and was one of the finalists. Since then she began working as a model and after three years she received her first television acting roles. During that time she was dreaming to become a veterinarian.After the role in ABC's television show "Wildside", she received the award as the Australian Film Institute Young Actor's Award. Her first role in a film was in "The Monkey's Mask".
Soon the roles came one after another and she was awarded with Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress at the FCCA and IF Awards and Best Breakt hrough Performance during the 2005 Miami Film Festival for the role in "Somersault" in 2004. In 2006 she received some critics for her appearance in "Candy". She will be the new Bond Girl beside another few important roles in the future.

When rumors hit that the young Australian actress, Abbie Cornish, was behind the breakup of the marriage of Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon, many questioned who this young woman was. She hasn t been in many high profile movies yet, but it's likely her name will now be on the tip of most people's tongues, whether it be as an up-and-coming actress being compared to a young Nicole Kidman, or whether it be as the other woman.Born in Lochinvar, New South Wales, on August 7, 1982, Cornish is the second oldest of five children.
With the excuse that she was bored, she entered and won a contest in Dolly, an Australian magazine for teenagers. Receiving notice in the magazine, Cornish got herself an agent and began showing up at auditions. She obtained her first major role at the age of fifteen in the Australian television series Children's Hospital, where she played a quadriplegic.
Cornish had originally intended to become a veterinarian, yet her plans changed when a few years later, she appeared in the Australian police drama Wildside, for which she won the Australian Film Institute's Young Actor Award. With this fame came Cornish's first film, the crime thriller Monkey's Mask, with Kelly McGillis. Then she returned to Australian television, as she appeared in Water Rats, Outriders, and Life Support.
Cornish took some much-needed time off after this to travel the world, touring Europe, North America, and South America.Cornish then appeared in the films Horseplay and One Perfect Day, as well as more television series, White Collar Blue and Marking Time. With her first starring role, Cornish took on the film Somersault, starring as a naive young girl who jumps into sexual situations for the first time. It was this role that had people finally noticing Cornish, as the film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
She won many awards for this role, including the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Breakthrough Performance at the Miami Film Festival.Cornish next appeared in Candy, another Australian film, but starred with Australian actors who had already crossed over to American films, including Heath Ledger and Geoffrey Rush. She and Ledger starred as two lovers with an addiction to each other and heroin.
She followed this with her first movie in A Good Year, starring with Albert Finney, and another Australian, Russell Crowe. Cornish starred as an American woman in this movie, fighting Crowe over the rights to her land.It was during the filming of Stop Loss with Ryan Phillippe that rumors surfaced about him and Cornish.
First they were seen out together, hiding behind partitions in a restaurant, and laterThe National Enquirer reported that his wife, Reese Witherspoon, had picked up his Blackberry and read text messages that had been sent between Phillippe and Cornish. It wasn t long after this that Witherspoon announced her split from her husband. Both Cornish and Phillippe refute these rumors.

After a couple of minor ingenue roles in her native Australia, actress Abbie Cornish attained instant superstardom down under with a hypnotic, evocative, and multi-layered lead performance in director Cate_Shortland's well-received psychological drama Somersault. That film -- about a fragile young woman who comes completely unhinged while trying to build a new life for herself in a snowy Australian town -- spoke volumes about Cornish's raw ability and foreshadowed a long and successful career for the young dramatist.
She reinforced these notions with an equally demanding and harrowing turn as an art student who slides backward into heroin addiction in Neil_Armfield's justly praised Candy (2005). Dissatisfied with the limitations of the Australian film industry, Cornish then jumped ship and went Hollywood, where she tackled supporting roles in such features as the 2006 A_Good_Year (opposite fellow Aussie Russell_Crowe) and the 2007 period piece Elizabeth:_The_Golden_Age.abbie cornish candyabbie cornish somersaultabbie cornish cannesabbie cornish elizabethabbie cornish reese witherspoon.

Trivia :
- Her height is 173 cm
- She is a vegetarian.
- She likes to play the guitar and the piano.
- She was placed on the 80th position in Maxim's Hot list 2007.
- She has 4 brothers.

Quotes :
- "The hardest part is getting your clothes off at first in front of the people who haven't seen you naked before. The first time you get nude in front of someone, it's hard, and then it's, 'Well, you've seen everything now; it's OK, we can shoot the rest of the day'."

- "I like doing my own hair and make-up because it's me."
- "I think as a child you know when it's time for your parents to split. You realize they love each other, but they're not in love with each other. And I think as a child it's much better for your parents to split than for them to stay and have dysfunction within the family."

- "Whenever I am acting, it's everything, you know. If I'm researching a role, I'm completely consumed in that and, between action and cut, I live in this suspended time. It's a really amazing experience and the only other thing I get it from is music."

Filmography :
- Bond 22 (2008)
- Bright Star (2008)
- Stop Loss (2007)
- The Golden Age (2007)
- A Good Year (2006)
- Candy (2006)
- Everything Goes (2004)
- Somersault (2004)
- One Perfect Day (2004)
- Marking Time (2003) (TV)
- White Collar Blue (1 episode, 2003)
- Horseplay (2003)
- Life Support (2001) TV Series (unknown episodes, 2001)
- Outriders (2001) TV Series (unknown episodes)
- Water Rats (1 episode, 2000)
- The Monkey's Mask (2000)
- Close Contact (1999) (TV)