Emily Browning Biography

Emily Jane Browning is a young Australian actress known for her roles in films such as ‘Ghost Ship’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ With a career that began at an early age, Browning has gained international fame for her performances in various genres, including horror and drama. From her supporting role in ‘The Echo of Thunder’ to her lead role in ‘Golden Exits,’ Browning continues to captivate audiences with her talent and versatility.

Quick Facts

  • Australian Celebrities Born In December
  • Also Known As: Emily Jane Browning
  • Age: 35 Years, 35 Year Old Females
  • Family: father – Andrew Browning, mother – Shelley Browning, siblings – Matthew Browning, Nicholas Browning
  • Actresses
  • Australian Women
  • Height: 5’1″ (155 cm), 5’1″ Females
  • City: Melbourne, Australia
  • More Facts
  • Education: 2006-11 – Eltham High School

Childhood & Early Life

Emily Browning was born in Melbourne, Victoria, on 7th December 1988 to parents Andrew and Shelley Browning. She has two younger brothers named Nicholas and Matthew. She did her schooling from Hurstbridge Learning Co-op and later Eltham High School. She participated in a school play, where she was noticed by a classmate’s father who helped her begin her acting career.


Emily Browning started her career at the age of nine with a supporting role in the TV film ‘The Echo of Thunder.’ The film was directed by Simon Wincer. Her role in the movie gained her recognition and she was next seen in the television series ‘Something in the Air’ from 2000 to 2001. She also played a role in the TV series ‘Blue Heelers’ from 2000 to 2002.

Her next appearance on the big screen was in the role of the lead character’s daughter in the comedy film ‘The Man Who Sued God.’ She made her Hollywood debut in 2002 with a supporting role in the horror film ‘Ghost Ship’. The film was a commercial success. However it was met with negative reviews.

Browning next appeared in the film ‘Ned Kelly’ playing a supporting role. She proceeded to play a significant role in the film ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.’ For a few years after that, she was not seen in any films. She made her comeback with the 2009 American psychological horror film ‘The Uninvited.’ The film starred her in the lead role.

She played the lead role in the 2011 action thriller film ‘Sucker Punch’. The film, which was directed by Zack Snyder, was not very successful commercially. It was also met with negative reviews.

The same year she earned international acclaim for her role in the Australian film ‘Sleeping Beauty’. Directed by Julia Leigh, the film portrayed her as a university student who takes up a part-time high-paying job which involves her sleeping nude with rich men. Browning’s performance won her an award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

As her popularity grew over the years, she continued to play significant roles in films such as ‘Summer in February’ (2013), ‘God Help the Girl’ (2014) and ‘Legend’ (2015). Browning’s latest work on the big screen is her role in the 2017 film ‘Golden Exits’.

Major Works

‘The Man Who Sued God’ is a 2001 Australian comedy film, where Emily Browning made her big screen debut. The film, which was directed by Mark Joffe, was about a man whose fishing boat is destroyed after being struck by lightning. Since his insurance is denied on the ground that his boat was destroyed due to an ‘act of God’, he files a claim against God, having church officials represent Him. The film was a commercial success, and was also met with positive reviews from critics.

‘The Uninvited’ a 2009 psychological horror film is another one of the significant works in Emily Browning’s career. Directed by the Guard Brothers, the film was a remake of a South Korean horror film named ‘A Tale of Two Sisters.’ The story revolves around a mentally unstable woman Anna, portrayed by Browning. Her life gets even messier after she is released from a mental institution, where she had been staying for months, because of her suicide attempt. The film did well commercially and was met with mixed reviews.

One of the most significant works in Browning’s career is her role in the film ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The film was directed by Julia Leigh. The film starred Browning in the lead role, playing a university student who takes a part-time job which pays well, but requires her to sleep nude alongside rich men. The film was based on the novels ‘The House of the Sleeping Beauties ‘and ‘Memories of My Melancholy Whores.’ It was a commercial success, and was met with mostly mixed reviews.

Awards & Achievements

In 2002, Emily Browning won the ‘Australian Film Institute’ Award for her minor role in the TV series ‘Halifax f.p.: Playing God’. She won the award again for her role in the film ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’.

In 2011, she was awarded at the Hamptons International Film Festival’s Breakthrough Performer award for her brilliant performance in the film ‘Sleeping Beauty.

Personal Life

Emily Browning has been dating actor Max Irons since 2011.

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