Mia Wasikowska Biography Full Profile and Wallpaper.

A natural talent from Australia, Mia Wasikowska rose from relative obscurity to global attention with major roles on the HBO series "In Treatment" (2008- ) and in the films "Defiance" (2008), "Amelia" and "That Evening Sun." Her fresh-faced appeal made her the ideal choice for Lewis Carroll's heroine, Alice, in Tim Burton's special effects-driven version of "Alice in Wonderland" (2010). The casting choice vaulted Wasikowska to the top of the one-to-watch lists, and assured her status as a star in the making.

Born in Canberra, Australia on Oct. 14, 1989, Wasikowska (pronounced vash-i-KOV-ska) was initially attracted to ballet, and from the ages of nine to 15, trained extensively to become a professional dancer. However, the stress inherent to the pursuit of dance made Wasikowska seek other outlets for her creative energy, including acting. She began her professional career in that field with the Australian medical drama "All Saints" (Seven Network, 1998-2009), and moved quickly into film, first in a trio of shorts, followed by a supporting role in the award-winning "Suburban Mayhem" (2006), about a malevolent teenage mother (Emily Barclay) who plans to murder her father. Wasikowska, who played her naïve manicurist friend, received a nomination for a Young Actor's Award from the Australian Film Institute for her performance.
After the success of "Mayhem," Wasikowska's career continued to gain momentum with roles in a wide variety of projects, ranging from the youth drama, "September" (2007), which cast her as a young girl who comes between a pair of racially diverse friends, to the horror film, "Rogue" (2007), where she was one of a handful of tourists fighting for survival against a massive, man-eating crocodile. The following year, she made an impressive debut stateside on the first season of the HBO drama, "In Treatment." As a teenage gymnast who struggles with thoughts of suicide, Wasikowska was widely praised for the sensitivity of her performance, as well as for a convincing American accent.

The critical reaction to Wasikowska's work on "In Treatment" resulted in a string of well-received American features which, while not blockbusters, did much to boost her standing in Hollywood as an up-and-coming talent. "Defiance" (2008) was her first U.S. movie; the World War II drama, which starred Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber as Polish brothers who fight against the Nazis, cast her as the love interest of their youngest sibling (Jamie Bell). She followed it with "Amelia" (2008), the critically panned biopic of aviatrix Amelia Earhart. In the box office disappointment, Wasikowska played Elinor Smith, another real-life female pioneer of flight and a direct competitor to Earhart.

The following year saw Wasikowska's profile blossom exponentially with the announcement that director Tim Burton had cast her as an empowered, teenaged Alice in his "Alice in Wonderland" (2010), a sequel of sorts to the original Lewis Carroll story. The film's high-powered cast, which included Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter, helped brighten the international spotlight on Wasikowska, who was quietly biding her time prior to filming the Burton project in the indie drama, "That Evening Sun" (2009). The feature, with Hal Holbrook in a career-defining performance as an elderly farmer who finds his family home occupied by a churlish husband (Ray McKinnon) and his abused wife and daughter (Carrie Preston and Wasikowska), earned numerous awards for its cast, including Wasikowska, who received an Independent Spirit Award nomination as Best Supporting Female.

While waiting for the inevitable avalanche of attention that would follow the release of "Alice," Wasikowska landed substantial parts in several major features, including "The Kids Are All Right," in which she played the daughter of a same-sex couple (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) who sets out to find her biological father (Mark Ruffalo). She was also widely reported in the press as being in contention for the lead in Cary Joji Fukanaga's film adaptation of "Jane Eyre" (2010).

    * Also Credited As:
      Mia Wasikoska
    * Born:
      in Australia
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    * 2004 Made her acting debut appearing in two episodes of the Australian drama, All Saints
    * 2006 Played Lilya in the acclaimed Australian film, Suburban Mayhem
    * 2007 Appeared in the Australian drama, September
    * 2008 Appeared opposite Daniel craig in the WWII film, Defiance
    * 2008 Played the recurring role of suicidal teenager Sophie on HBO s In Treatment
    * 2009 Cast as a young female aviator and fan of Amelia Earhart in Amelia, starring Hillary Swank
    * 2009 Co-starred with Hal Holbrook in That Evening Sun, based on a 2002 short story by William Gay; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female
    * 2009 Nominated for the 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female ( That Evening Sun )
    * 2010 Co-starred with Julianne Moore and Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right, about two children conceived by artificial insemination who invite their birth father (played by Mark Ruffalo) into their home
    * 2010 Played the title character in Tim Burton s Alice in Wonderland
After accepting supporting roles in several projects produced in Australia (including the 2006 Suburban Mayhem and the 2007 September), beautiful yet distinguished actress Mia Wasikowska -- a Canberra native -- broke through to international acclaim with her role as self-defeating Olympic-hopeful gymnast Sophie on the HBO series drama In Treatment (2008). That assignment predated Wasikowska's starring roles for two A-list directors: a turn as the aviator Elinor Smith in Mira Nair's biopic Amelia (2009), and another as the little girl adrift in a colorful fantasyland in Tim Burton's Lewis Carroll adaptation Alice in Wonderland (2010). Meanwhile, she also acted opposite Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and others in the WWII-era adventure drama Defiance (2008), helmed by Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai).

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