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Judy Davis

Judy Davis stars as Joan McCallister in the USA Network six-hour television event The Starter Wife.

Two-time Academy Award nominated actress Davis trained for the stage at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.

Upon graduation, Davis drew wide acclaim for her mature portrayal of the defiant heroine in Gillian Armstrong's 1978 classic My Brilliant Career. For her performance she received the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for Best Actress. In 1984, Davis received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her role as the enigmatic 'Adela Quested' in A Passage To India, and again in 1992 for her performance as 'Sally' in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives. Davis has worked with Allen several times, starring in Deconstructing Harry, Celebrity and Alice. Davis's other film credits include: Absolute Power, cult hit Barton Fink, Naked Lunch, Impromptu, High Tide, Children Of The Revolution, the 1992 comedy The Ref, the D. H. Lawrence adaptation Kangaroo, Where Angels Fear To Tread and her Emmy-nominated performance in Showtime's A Cooler Climate. Her most recent films include the Australian projects The Man Who Sued God and Swimming Upstream.

Theatre credits include Hedda Gabler for the Sydney Theatre Company and Insignificance for London's Royal Court Theatre.

Television credits for Davis include her Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning performance in Life With Judy Garland: Me And My Shadows and One Against The Wind. Additional TV roles include Dash & Lily, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination, and "Serving In Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story," for which she received both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe nomination. Most recently, Davis starred as 'Sante Kimes' in A Little Thing Called Murder, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.

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Judy Davis Facts

BirthdayApril 23, 1955 (67)
BirthplacePerth, Australia
Height5' 5" (1m65)  How tall is Judy Davis compared to you?
Awards2007 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (for The Starter Wife)
2002 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a TV Film (for Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows)
2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries (for Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows)
2001 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie (for Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows)
1992 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a TV Film (for One Against the Wind)

Selected Filmography

The Dressmaker
The Truman Show
Page Eight
Marie Antoinette
Final Option
Problem Child
What Women Want
Great Entertainers: The Show Stoppers
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