Mary Rose Byrne (born 24 July 1979) is an Australian actress.
Byrne made her screen debut in 1992 with a small role in the film Dallas Doll. In 2000, she played a leading role in the Australian film The Goddess of 1967, which brought her a Venice Film Festival award for Best Actress. From 2007 to 2012, she played Ellen Parsons in the cable television series Damages, which earned her two Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations. Along with co-star Glenn Close, she appeared in all of the show’s fifty-nine episodes. Byrne has also starred in the films Troy, 28 Weeks Later, Knowing, Insidious, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Apocalypse, as well as the comedies Bridesmaids, Neighbors, and Spy.
In 2013, Byrne appeared in the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines, with Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, and appeared in the comedy, The Internship, opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson; and The Turning, a short film installment in a Tim Winton omnibus feature. Byrne also played the newlywed wife in I Give It a Year, a comedy about the trials and tribulations of a couple during their first year of marriage.
Byrne worked again with fellow Australians James Wan and Leigh Whannell for the sequel to Insidious (the original film grossed US$97 million after a production budget of US$1.5 million was invested by Wan and Whannell). Insidious: Chapter 2 was released on Friday, 13 September 2013, and also featured actors Patrick Wilson and Lin Shaye. The film received mixed reviews from critics and became the biggest opening day in US box office history for the month of September following its release. Insidious: Chapter 2 was a financial success grossing over US$160 million against a budget of US$5 million.
In 2014, Byrne starred in the comedy film Neighbors, alongside Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. The film received positive reviews and went on to become a box office success. A remake of the 1982 classic, Annie, featured Byrne playing the role of Grace Farrell, Mr. Stacks’ colleague. Byrne’s performance was mostly praised with reviewers calling her the surprise highlight of the movie. In 2015, Byrne co-starred with Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law and Jason Statham in the hit comedic action tale Spy, and in 2016, she reprised her role as Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: Apocalypse.
face of Max Factor
In 2016, Rebecca Skloot (author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) announced that Byrne would be playing Skloot in the HBO film adaptation of her book. The film will also star Oprah Winfrey and Reneé Elise Goldsberry. She will be starring alongside Sandra Bullock, Rachel Weisz, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Zooey Deschanel and Anna Kendrick in We Are Your Fist.
Byrne was the face of Max Factor between 2004 and 2009 and named in the Most Beautiful People of 2007 list in Who Magazine.
ambassador for NIDA’s
Byrne has supported UNICEF Australia by being the face of the 2007 Designers United campaign and a member of Tropfest jury in 2006 and Tropfest@Tribeca in 2007. She is a graduate and ambassador for NIDA’s (National Institute of Dramatic Art) Young Actors Studio.
In 2014, Byrne became the face of Oroton, the Australian producer of luxury fashion accessories.