Name: Emily Jane Browning
Birthday: December 7, 1988
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height: 5′ 2″ (1.57 m)
Parents: Shelley and Andrew
Siblings: 2 brothers; Nicholas (13) and Matthew (11)
Pets: Cat named Jasper & a dog named Roxy
Piercings: Nose & Belly button
Australian actress Emily Browning was born in 1988 in Melbourne, Australia. She has two younger brothers. Her start in acting came after a classmate’s father involved in the acting business noticed her “acting all ditsy” in a school play. Emily found an agent and was soon filming on location for the Hallmark TV movie ‘The Echo of Thunder’ (1998). She received more roles from there, including parts in ‘The Man Who Sued God’ (2001), opposite Billy Connolly and ‘Ned Kelly’ (2003), opposite Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom. In that film she had to hug Heath Ledger, and she said that all her friends who went to see the film at the same time sent her a barrage of text messages about how lucky she was! Emily says she tries to avoid “cheesy” movies, and her big break came when she was on a press tour in LA for ‘Ghost Ship’ (2002) that was filmed in Australia and released in America. In the same year, she won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Young Actress, and was nominated for the same award the next year. Emily received some scripts when in LA and sent in a video audition for ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ (2004). She received a call and was asked to come to LA for a proper audition, which won her the part. She spent months in LA filming, for the second time acting opposite Billy Connolly.
Emily said she enjoyed the experience of making a big budget film in America, and says that although she’s not sure what is coming next, she’s hoping to do some more Australian work. In 2005 Emily stared in the Australian movie Stranded playing Penny. In early 2009, Emily will be staring in a new horror/thriller film called The Uninvited.
Browning had a recurring role as Hayley Fulton on the popular television series Blue Heelers from 2000 until 2002 and played the character Alicia in five episodes of Something in the Air (2000-2001). She also played Katie Harwood in the 2002 horror film Ghost Ship; the same year she won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Young Actress, and was nominated the following year.
In 2006, Browning appeared in the music video for Evermore’s “Light Surrounding You”. In the making of video for the clip, the band stated, “…we suck as actors, so we decided to get Emily.”
She attended the L’Oreal Fashion Festival as festival ambassador on February 1, 2007.
In 2009 she portrayed Anna in Paramount Pictures Mystery Horror film The Uninvited. The film is an American remake of the 2003 South Korean Horror film A Tale of Two Sisters. Starring alongside Elizabeth Banks and Arielle Kebbel the film was released January 30, 2009 to negative reviews from critics, earning a lifetime gross of $40,563,148.
Browning was asked to audition for the role of Bella Swan in Twilight but due to exhaustion she decided not to audition.Kristen Stewart instead successfully auditioned and earned the role.
In 2009 it was announced Browning has signed on as Baby Doll in Zack Snyder‘s action film Sucker Punch. She replaced Amanda Seyfried who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. The film also stars Jamie Chung, Abbie Cornish and Vanessa Hudgens. Filming took place in Vancouver from September 2009 to January 2010. The film is set for a March 25, 2011 release.