Miranda Otto


Date Of Birth

December 16, 1967


Australian actress Miranda Otto was born on December 16, 1967 in Brisbane, Queensland. The daughter of actors Barry and Lindsay Otto, she was raised in Newcastle and Brisbane, and lived in Hong Kong briefly after her parents separated. She developed her interest in acting from her father, and during her early years, she wrote scripts with her friends. She eventually appeared in several local plays, and attracted towards herself a role in the war drama Emma’s War—her film debut.

Otto also excelled in ballet, but was forced to abandon her goal of being a dancer due to her case of scoliosis. She ended up at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, where she graduated in 1990. The following year, she starred in The Girl Who Came Late, where she played a girl who could communicate with horses. This is widely considered as her breakthrough role, and led to her first Australian Film Institute Award nomination. This also led to roles in other Australian films, including The Last Days of Chez Nous, The Nostradamus Kid and Love Serenade. In 1997, she starred in The Well, where she played an 18-year-old despite her actual age of 30. Most of her performances were acclaimed by critics, and eventually led to her getting three more AFI nominations.

Otto’s fame in Hollywood began when she took a small role in the war drama The Thin Red Line. She established herself further with roles in What Lies Beneath and Human Nature, which both met mixed reactions. She then took on the role of ?owyn, a Rohan shieldmaiden, in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Immediately cast by director Peter Jackson after seeing her audition video, she first starred in the second film, The Two Towers, and eventually earned herself a Saturn Award nomination in 2003. Back in Australia, she won a Logie Award—their equivalent to the Emmys—for her role in the miniseries Through My Eyes: The Lindy Chamberlain Story.

Otto then starred in the Steven Spielberg-directed film War of the Worlds. Because of her pregnancy, her role—the ex-wife of the lead, played by Tom Cruise—was rewritten. She took a break from films after giving birth, but returned in 2007 with two television projects: the miniseries The Starter Wife, which starred Debra Messing; and the short-lived series Cashmere Mafia, which starred Lucy Liu.

Most recently, Otto appeared in Blessed, Reaching for the Moon and The Turning. In 2014, she joined the cast of Rake. The following year, she appeared on Homeland. She is currently part of 24: Legacy.

Place of Birth

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Birth Name

Miranda Otto




2017 24: Legacy (TV Series)
2015 Homeland (TV Series)
2015 The Daughter
2014 Rake (TV Series)
2013/I The Turning
2013 Reaching for the Moon
2012 Mabo (TV Movie)
2012 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (TV Series)
2011 Locke & Key (TV Movie)
2010 South Solitary
2009 A Marriage (TV Movie)
2009/I Blessed
2009 In Her Skin
2009/I Schadenfreude (Short)
2008 Cashmere Mafia (TV Series)
2007 The Starter Wife (TV Mini-Series)
2005 War of the Worlds
2004 Flight of the Phoenix
2004 Through My Eyes (TV Movie)
2004 In My Father's Den
2004 The Three-Legged Fox
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2003 Danny Deckchair
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2002 Julie Walking Home
2002 Close Your Eyes
2001 The Way We Live Now (TV Mini-Series)
2001 Human Nature
2000 What Lies Beneath
2000 Kin
1999 The Jack Bull (TV Movie)
1998 The Thin Red Line
1998 In the Winter Dark
1998 Dead Letter Office
1997 Doing Time for Patsy Cline
1997 True Love and Chaos
1997 The Well
1996 Love Serenade
1995 Sex Is a Four Letter Word
1995 Police Rescue (TV Series)
1994 G.P. (TV Series)
1993 The Nostradamus Kid
1992 The Last Days of Chez Nous
1992 The Girl Who Came Late
1991 Heroes II: The Return (TV Movie)
1991 Hampton Court (TV Series)
1988 The 13th Floor
1988 A Country Practice (TV Series)
1988 The Flying Doctors (TV Series)
1987 Initiation
1986 Emma's War


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