Emily Jane Browning (born 7 December 1988) is an Australian actress.
Browning made her film debut in the Australian television film The Echo of Thunder; subsequently, she played roles in the Australian television shows High Flyers, Blue Heelers and Something in the Air. Her breakthrough role was in the 2002 horror film Ghost Ship, which introduced her to a wider audience. In 2005, Browning won the Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Violet Baudelaire in the film Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004).
Browning is also known for her roles in the horror film The Uninvited (2009), the action film Sucker Punch (2011), and the independent drama Sleeping Beauty (2011). She was named the Breakthrough Performer of The Year by Hamptons International Film Festival in 2011 for her role in Sleeping Beauty. Her other films include Summer in February (2013), Pompeii (2014) and Legend (2015). She is currently starring as Laura Moon on the Starz TV series American Gods (2017–present).
In 2012, she replaced English actress Ophelia Lovibond as the female lead in the film Summer in February. The film is based on the book of the same title, by Jonathan Smith. In July 2012, Browning was cast in God Help the Girl, a musical film by Belle and Sebastian front-man Stuart Murdoch. Browning played Eve, and the role required live singing. Filming on the production began on 8 July 2012 and wrapped on 12 August 2012.
Browning was cast in Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush alongside Cam Gigandet, replacing Evan Rachel Wood (who was originally attached to the project) due to scheduling conflicts. Browning also starred alongside Xavier Samuel whom she met on the set during filming. Magic Magic, directed by Sebastián Silva, screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Film.com designated the film as a “Top Pick”.
Browning starred in the 2014 film Pompeii. The project was filmed in Toronto and the city of Pompeii. Browning took a break from filming on Pompeii, and returned home to Australia to film a music video for the song “No Matter What You Say” by the band Imperial Teen. The video follows Browning as the lead character, conducting a ‘live art-piece’.
In 2014, Browning filmed Shangri-La Suite. The story follows two young lovers who break out of a mental hospital in 1974 and set out on a road trip to Los Angeles to fulfill the boy’s lifelong dream of killing his idol Elvis Presley, who appears as a supporting character. Luke Grimes and Avan Jogia co-star. The same year, she appeared in Years & Years’s “Take Shelter” music video.
In 2015, Browning starred in the biopic crime thriller Legend, alongside Tom Hardy, who portrayed twin brothers and infamous 1960s London gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray. She portrayed Frances Shea, the first wife of Reggie Kray.