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Miranda Otto

Miranda Otto makes her American network television debut with Cashmere Mafia. In 2005 she won Australia's prestigious TV Week Silver Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Lindy Chamberlain in the television miniseries Through My Eyes. She recently starred in the Lifetime Television miniseries Starter Wife, opposite Debra Messing and Judy Davis.

Otto made her first major film appearance in 1986, starring as Emma in Clytie Jessop's Emma's War. After a decade of critically acclaimed roles in Australian films such as Gillian Armstrong's The Last Days of Chez Nous, Doing Time with Patsy Cline, Love Serenade and The Well (the latter two having played in competition at the Cannes Film Festival), Otto caught Hollywood's attention. In early roles she played opposite George Clooney and Sean Penn in The Thin Red Line (1997), and opposite Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer in What Lies Beneath (1999). In 1999 she was cast as Éowyn in Peter Jackson's international blockbuster, The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won Otto and the rest of the cast the 2004 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Motion Picture. She has co-starred with Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's The War of the Worlds, and for director John Moore Role in The Flight of the Phoenix.

Otto has worked extensively in theater, including a memorable role in the Sydney Theater Company's Boy Gets Girl. Her performance as Nora in the Sydney Theater Company's A Doll's House won her the 2003 Mo Award for Female Actor in Play of the Year.

Originally from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Miranda Otto is the daughter of Australian actor Barry Otto and former actress Lindsay Otto. Deferring an original plan to study medicine, she began a career in acting and never looked back. She attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art, an institution boasting such alumni as Judy Davis and Mel Gibson.

Otto currently resides in Australia with her husband, actor Peter O'Brien, and their daughter, Darcey.

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Miranda Otto Facts

BirthdayDecember 16, 1967 (54)
BirthplaceBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is Miranda Otto compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Daughter
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
War of The Worlds
What Lies Beneath
I, Frankenstein
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