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Miranda Otto

Born: 1967

Biography

Miranda Otto (born December 16, 1967) is an Australian actress. The daughter of actors Lindsay and Barry Otto and the sister of actress Gracie Otto, she began acting at age eighteen, and has performed in a variety of independent and major studio films. Her first major film appearance was in the 1986 film Emma's War, in which she played a teenager who moves to Australia's bush country during World War II. In 1996, director Shirley Barrett cast Otto as a shy waitress in the film Love Serenade. She starred in the 1997 films Doing Time for Patsy Cline and The Well, for which earned her third Australian Film Institute nomination. Her next project was the romantic comedy Dead Letter Office (1998). The film was Otto's first with her father, Barry, who makes a brief appearance. Later that year, she starred in the film In the Winter Dark, directed by James Bogle, for which she was nominated for her fourth Australian Film Institute Award. After a decade of critically acclaimed roles in Australian films, she gained Hollywood's attention after appearing in supporting roles in The Thin Red Line (1998) and What Lies Beneath (2000). In 2001, she was cast as a naturalist in the comedy Human Nature and appeared in the BBC adaptation of Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now, as a strong-willed American Southerner. Her breakthrough role came in 2002, when she portrayed Éowyn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Her character was introduced in the trilogy's second film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers in 2002 and appeared in the third film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the following year. Her performance earned her an Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Director Steven Spielberg, impressed by Otto's performance in The Lord of the Rings, called her to ask if she would play opposite Tom Cruise in the big-budget science fiction film War of the Worlds (2005). Otto, pregnant at the time, believed she would have to turn down the role, but the script was reworked to accommodate her. Her next project was playing the lead in the Australian film Danny Deckchair (2003). She then took on the Australian television miniseries Through My Eyes: The Lindy Chamberlain Story (2004). At the 2005 Logie Awards, Otto won Most Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role. In 2007, Otto starred as Cricket Stewart, the wife of a successful director, in the television miniseries The Starter Wife. She had a starring role in the 2008 American television series Cashmere Mafia, and Australian films such as In Her Skin and Blessed (2009). She starred opposite Stephanie Sigman and Anthony LaPaglia in the horror prequel Annabelle: Creation. She portrayed Zelda Spellman in Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018-2020). She made her theatrical debut in the 1986 production of The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant for the Sydney Theatre Company.[28] Three more theatrical productions for the Sydney Theatre Company followed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 2002, she returned to the stage playing Nora Helmer in A Doll's House opposite her future husband Peter O'Brien. Otto's performance earned her a 2003 Helpmann Award nomination and the MO Award for "Best Female Actor in a Play". Her next stage role was in the psychological thriller Boy Gets Girl (2005).
Known For Acting
Gender Female
Place of Birth Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Resources

Movies

War of the Worlds

Mary-Ann in War of the Worlds

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Éowyn in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Éowyn in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Human Nature

Gabrielle in Human Nature

In My Father's Den

Penny Prior in In My Father's Den

What Lies Beneath

Mary Feur in What Lies Beneath

Doctor Sleep

Clara Strother in Doctor Sleep

Flight of the Phoenix

Kelly in Flight of the Phoenix

The Thin Red Line

Marty Bell in The Thin Red Line

The Last Days of Chez Nous

Annie in The Last Days of Chez Nous

Danny Deckchair

Glenda Lake in Danny Deckchair

Blessed

Bianca in Blessed

The Jack Bull

Cora Redding in The Jack Bull

Julie Walking Home

Julie Makowsky in Julie Walking Home

In Her Skin

Mrs. Barber in In Her Skin

South Solitary

Meredith Appleton in South Solitary

Kin

Anna in Kin

The Well

Katherine in The Well

I, Frankenstein

Leonore in I, Frankenstein

Doing Time for Patsy Cline

Patsy in Doing Time for Patsy Cline

In the Winter Dark

Ronnie in In the Winter Dark

Initiation

Stevie in Initiation

Reaching for the Moon

Elizabeth Bishop in Reaching for the Moon

True Love and Chaos

Mimi in True Love and Chaos

Annabelle: Creation

Esther Mullins in Annabelle: Creation

Sex Is a Four Letter Word

Viv in Sex Is a Four Letter Word

Zoe

The Designer in Zoe

The Homesman

Theoline Belknap in The Homesman

Dead Letter Office

Alice Walsh in Dead Letter Office

Daydream Believer

Nell Tiscowitz in Daydream Believer

The Nostradamus Kid

Jennie O'Brien in The Nostradamus Kid

The Daughter

Charlotte in The Daughter

Love Serenade

Dimity Hurley in Love Serenade

Emma's War

Emma Grange in Emma's War

Dance Academy: The Movie

Madeline Moncur in Dance Academy: The Movie

The Chaperone

Ruth St. Dennis in The Chaperone

The Three-Legged Fox

Ruth in The Three-Legged Fox

The 13th Floor

Rebecca in The 13th Floor

The Silence

Kelly Andrews in The Silence

Mabo

Margaret White in Mabo

Schadenfreude

Waitress in Schadenfreude

The Raid

Rebecca Ingram in The Raid

Downhill

Charlotte in Downhill

Directing Annabelle: Creation

Herself in Directing Annabelle: Creation

Locke & Key

Nina Locke in Locke & Key

The Quest Fulfilled: A Director's Vision

Self in The Quest Fulfilled: A Director's Vision

The Portable Door

Countess Judy in The Portable Door

The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim

Éowyn (voice) in The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim

Talk to Me

Sue in Talk to Me

At the Gates

Marianne Barris in At the Gates

The Turning

Sherry in The Turning

Film Collectibles: Capturing Movie Memories

Herself in Film Collectibles: Capturing Movie Memories

My Freaky Family

Aneska Flood in My Freaky Family

Faith & Fear: The Conjuring Universe

Self in Faith & Fear: The Conjuring Universe

Revealed: Otto By Otto

Self in Revealed: Otto By Otto

A Filmmaker's Journey: Making 'The Return of the King'

Self in A Filmmaker's Journey: Making 'The Return of the King'

TV Shows