Abbie Cornish

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Abbie Cornish
Abbie Cornish TIFF 4, 2012.jpg
Cornish in 2012
Born (1982-08-07) 7 August 1982 (age 38)
Other namesDusk
OccupationActress, rapper
Years active1997–present
Relatives Isabelle Cornish (sister)

Abbie Cornish (born 7 August 1982) is an Australian actress and singer. Following her lead performance in 2004's Somersault , Cornish is best known for her film roles as Fanny Brawne in Bright Star (2009), Sweet Pea in Sucker Punch (2011), Lindy in Limitless (2011), as Sarah in Geostorm (2017) and for her work with writer/director Martin McDonagh in Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). For the latter, Cornish won her first Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the cast. In 2018, she portrayed Cathy Mueller in the first season of Amazon Video series Jack Ryan opposite John Krasinski.


Early life

Abbie Cornish was born on 7 August 1982 [1] in Lochinvar, New South Wales, Australia, as the second of five children of Shelley and Barry Cornish. [2] Her sister, Isabelle Cornish, is also an actress. She grew up on a 70-hectare (170-acre) farm before moving to Newcastle, New South Wales. [3] As a teenager, Cornish was fascinated by independent and foreign films. [4]

Acting career

Cornish at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International Abbie Cornish by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Cornish at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International

Cornish began modelling at age 13 after reaching the finals of a Dolly Magazine competition. [5] In 1999, Cornish was awarded the Australian Film Institute Young Actor's Award for her role in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television show Wildside and was offered her first role in a feature film, The Monkey's Mask .

In 2004, Cornish appeared in the award-winning short film Everything Goes with Hugo Weaving. She received the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress at the FCCA and IF Awards and Best Breakthrough Performance at the 2005 Miami International Film Festival for her role in Somersault . Cornish received critical acclaim for her role in Candy , opposite Heath Ledger. [5] She has also starred in A Good Year , Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Kimberly Peirce's Stop-Loss . In April 2010, Cornish was cast in Limitless , the film adaptation of the novel The Dark Fields , [6] directed by Neil Burger and also starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. [7] [8]

Cornish narrated Zack Snyder's film Sucker Punch, in which she played one of the protagonists. [9]

Cornish played the role of Wally in Madonna's film W.E. , about Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. [4] In 2012, she replaced Emily Blunt in the independent film The Girl, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and starred alongside Woody Harrelson and Colin Farrell in the crime comedy Seven Psychopaths . Cornish co-starred in the 2014 RoboCop reboot, as Clara Murphy, the wife of protagonist Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman).

In 2015, she played Agent Katherine Cowles in Solace, a mystery thriller film directed by Afonso Poyart with central performances by Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. [10] [11]

In 2016, she filmed The Girl Who Invented Kissing with Luke Wilson. [12] [13]

In 2018, she starred in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan as Cathy Mueller, alongside John Krasinski. [14]

In 2019, she starred in the Australian television miniseries Secret Bridesmaids' Business along with Katie McGrath and Georgina Haig. [15]

Music career

Cornish is a rapper, singer and songwriter. She has been rapping under the name MC Dusk since 2000 and was part of Australian hip hop group Blades from the age of 18 to 22. In 2015, Cornish supported American rapper Nas on his Australian tour. [16] The same year, she released two new tracks on SoundCloud: "Evolve" featuring Jane Tyrrell and "Way Back Home", which was produced by Suffa from Hilltop Hoods. [17] The songs have since been deleted, and there is no music on her profile as of October, 2020.

Personal life

She is committed to cruelty-free eating, [18] and in 2006, became an ambassador for Australian animal rights group Voiceless, the animal-protection institute, and was part of a national advertising campaign in 2012. [19] In 2019, she announced her engagement to mixed martial artist Adel Altamimi. [20]



2000 The Monkey's Mask Mickey Norris
2003 Horseplay Becky Wodinski
2004 One Perfect Day Emma Matisse
2004 Somersault Heidi Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actress
Inside Film Award for Best Actress
Miami Film Festival: Breakthrough Award
2004 Everything Goes BrianieShort film
2006 Candy CandyNominated—Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Inside Film Awards for Best Actress
Won—Film Critics Circle of Australia for Best Actress in a Lead Role
2006 A Good Year Christie Roberts
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age Bess Throckmorton
2008 Stop-Loss Michelle Overton
2009 Bright Star Fanny Brawne Nominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actress (Runner-up)
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (2nd Runner-up)
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress (Runner-up)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole OtulissaVoice only
2011 Limitless Lindy
2011 Sucker Punch Sweet Pea
2011 W.E. Wally Winthrop
2012 The Girl Ashley
2012 Seven Psychopaths Kaya
2014 RoboCop Clara Murphy
2015 Solace Agent Katherine CowlesDirect-to-video
2016 Lavender JaneDirect-to-video
2017 6 Days Kate Adie
2017 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Anne Willoughby Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress
2017 Geostorm Agent Sarah Wilson
2018 Where Hands Touch Kerstin
2018 Perfect Mother
TBA The Virtuoso The Waitress
TBA Blackout Anna


1997 Wildside Simone Summers Australian Film Institute: Young Actor's Award
1999Close ContactSara Boyack
2000 Water Rats Marie MarchandOne episode
2001 Outriders Reggie McDowell26 episodes
2001 Life Support Penne No. 110 episodes
2003 White Collar Blue Antonia McAlister
2003 Marking Time TraceyNominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in Television Drama or Comedy
2014 Klondike Belinda Mulrooney Miniseries; 6 episodes
2018 Jack Ryan Cathy MuellerMain role; 7 episodes
2019 Secret Bridesmaids' Business MelanieMiniseries; 6 episodes


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