|Birth Name: Emily Jane Browning
Birth Place: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Date of Birth: 7 December 1988
Height: 5′ 2″ (1,57 m)
Mother: Shelley Browning
Father: Andrew Browning
|001. Biography (below)|
002. Career Files
003. Facts & Trivia
005. IMDB Profile
006. Official Instagram
Emily Jane Browning was born in Melbourne, Victoria on December 7, 1988, the daughter of Andrew and Shelley Browning. She attended Eltham High School and has two younger brothers, Nicholas and Matthew.
Her start in acting came after a classmate’s father, involved in the acting business, noticed her “acting all ditsy” in a school play. Emily found an agent and was soon filming on location for the Hallmark Channel movie, The Echo of Thunder (1998) – Emily’s debut acting role. Additional roles in Australian film and television productions soon followed, including recurring roles in the television series Blue Heelers from 2000 to 2002, and Something in the Air from 2000 to 2001. In 2001, she appeared as the daughter of a character played by Billy Connolly in The Man Who Sued God.
She made her American film debut in 2002’s Ghost Ship, and won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Young Actress, the same year. In 2003, she appeared opposite Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom in 2003’s Ned Kelly. In that film, she had to hug Heath Ledger, and she said that all of her friends, who went to see the film, at the same time sent her a barrage of text messages about how lucky she was! Emily says she tries to avoid “cheesy” movies, and her big break came when she was on a press tour in Los Angeles for ‘Ghost Ship’ (2002), that was filmed in Australia and released in America. She then reunited with Connolly the following year in the film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, in which she played Violet Baudelaire. The film received generally favorable reviews from critics, grossed $209 million worldwide, and won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.
In 2006, Emily appeared in the music video for Evermore’s “Light Surrounding You”. In the behind-the-scenes video for the clip, the band stated, “[We] suck as actors, so we decided to get Emily.”
Emily played the lead role in the 2009 horror film The Uninvited, an American remake of the 2003 South Korean film ‘A Tale of Two Sisters’, co-starring alongside Elizabeth Banks and Arielle Kebbel. The film received mixed to negative reviews. She then turned down a request to audition for the role of Bella Swan in ‘Twilight’, citing exhaustion, despite an endorsement from series author Stephenie Meyer. In 2009, she was cast as Babydoll in Zack Snyder’s action film Sucker Punch, as a replacement for Amanda Seyfried, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Filming took place in Vancouver from September 2009 to January 2010, and the film was released on 25 March 2011. In an interview at Comic-Con, she confirmed that she would be singing in the film, while claiming that her audition tape brought tears to her casting agent’s eyes and the song she selected (“Killing Me Softly”) was one of Zack Snyder’s wife Deborah’s favourites, which Emily referred to as the “selling point” on her being cast in the role. She had been considering quitting acting but says that working with Zack Snyder on ‘Sucker Punch’ (2011) made her decide to continue.
Since ‘Sucker Punch’, Emily has worked steadily in film. In February 2010, it was announced that she would play the lead role in the independent Australian film Sleeping Beauty, directed by Julia Leigh. She replaced friend and fellow young Australian actress Mia Wasikowska, who was committed to a film adaptation of Jane Eyre at the time. The film screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and the Sydney Film Festival. In a review from the festival, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called the film “Technically elegant with vehemence and control … Emily Browning gives a fierce and powerful performance … There is force and originality in Leigh’s work”. Fionnuala Halligan in Screen International wrote “Browning has gone the distance for her director and together, they have delivered something here that sometimes catches your breath”. At the festival, Emily said, “Even reading the screenplay, it made me feel uncomfortable. But that was something that attracted me to it. I would prefer to polarise an audience as opposed to making an entertaining film everybody feels ambivalent about.”
In 2012, she replaced English actress Ophelia Lovibond as the female lead in the film Summer in February. The film is based on the book of the same title, by Jonathan Smith. Filming took place in Cornwall alongside Dominic Cooper and Dan Stevens. In July 2012, she was cast in God Help the Girl, a musical film by ‘Belle and Sebastian’ front-man Stuart Murdoch. Emily played Eve, and the role required live singing. Filming on the production began on 8 July 2012 and wrapped on 12 August 2012. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival on January 14, 2014 and received mixed reviews.
Emily was then cast in Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush alongside Cam Gigandet, replacing Evan Rachel Wood who was originally attached to the project due to scheduling conflicts. She also starred alongside Xavier Samuel whom she met on the set during filming. She also starred in Magic Magic, directed by Sebastián Silva, which screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It was also played at the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Film.com designated the film as a “Top Pick”.
In 2014, Emily starred in the film Pompeii, opposite Kit Harington, best known for ‘Game of Thrones’. The project was filmed in Toronto and the actual city of Pompeii itself. The film received generally negative reviews, particularly for its lack of originality and dialogue, though it received some praise for its visual effects and production values, which were considered to be historically accurate. Emily took a break from filming on ‘Pompeii’, and returned home to Australia to film a music video directed by Guy Franklin for the song “No Matter What You Say” by the San Francisco-based band Imperial Teen. The video follows Emily as the lead character, conducting a ‘live art-piece’.
Emily then filmed Shangri-La Suite, a film directed by Eddie O’Keefe. The story follows two young lovers 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, who appears as a supporting character. Luke Grimes and Avan Jogia co-star. The film was released October 28, 2016. The same year, she appeared in Years & Years’s Take Shelter music video.
In 2015, Emily starred in the biopic crime thriller movie Legend, alongside Tom Hardy, who portrayed twin brothers Reggie and Ronnie Kray. She portrayed Frances Shea, the first wife of Reggie Kray. ‘Legend’ premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015.
In 2016, Emily was cast in American Gods as Laura Moon. Neil Gaiman, author of the novel, said, “I’ve been fascinated by Emily Browning since A Series of Unfortunate Events. She has a challenge ahead of her: Laura is a tricky character, and the Laura on the screen is even trickier and more dangerous than the one on the page. She’s going to have a wonderful time bringing Laura to life”. The eight-episode first season is set to premiere on April 30, 2017.
In 2017, she will appear in Golden Exits, an American-Greek film written and directed by Alex Ross Perry. It tells the story of two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of unspoken unhappiness that occurs when a young foreign girl spending time abroad upsets the balance on both sides. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2017 and will then screen at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The biography was last updated on February 28, 2017.