Rachel Griffiths



Place of birth:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia:


Rachel Anne Griffiths is an Australian film and television actress. She came to prominence with the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding and her Academy Award nominated performance in Hilary and Jackie (1998). She is best known for her portrayals of Brenda Chenowith in the HBO series Six Feet Under and Sarah Walker Laurent on the ABC primetime drama Brothers & Sisters. Her work in film and television has earned her a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and three Australian Film Institute Awards. Griffith attended Melbourne University, studying philosophy, before attending the drama department at Victoria School of the Art.  After college, she began working with the touring youth company Woolly Jumpers Theater Company, as well as the Melbourne Theater Company, where she appeared in numerous dramas.   Griffiths made a name for herself in 1991 when she wrote and performed in the short film "Barbie Gets Hip,” which was screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival. She landed a few TV spots before she was cast as Rhonda, Toni Collette's sidekick in P.J. Hogan's "Muriel's Wedding" (1994), winning her an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actress. These successes jump-started her career, landing her numerous dramatic and comedic roles in overseas productions, before making her American cinema debut with her second P.J. Hogan collaboration, "My Best Friend's Wedding” (1997). In the fall of 2001, Griffiths accepted her first major television series role and came aboard Alan Ball’s HBO series "Six Feet Under."  Griffith stayed with the show during its five years of critical acclaim, while at the same time, continued to appear an lend her voice to screen and direct-to-video features before returning to telvision to star in "Brothers and Sisters" to much similar acclaim. 

Film Credits

Making Muriel (2017)
as Herself
Don't Tell (2017)
as Joy Conolly
David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017)
as Herself
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
as Bertha Doss
Mammal (2016)
as Margaret
The Osiris Child (2016)
as General Lynex
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
as Aunt Ellie
Patrick (2013)
as Matron Cassidy
Butterflies (2013)
as Claire
Underground: The Julian Assange Story (2012)
as Christine Assange
Burning Man (2011)
as Miriam
Beautiful Kate (2009)
as Sally Kendall
Step Up (2006)
as Director Gordon
Angel Rodriguez (2005)
as Nicole
After the Deluge (2003)
as Annie
After the Deluge (2003)
as Beth
Ned Kelly (2003)
as Susan Scott
Land of the Morning Star (2003)
as Narrator (voice)
The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina (2002)
as Albertine (voice)
The Hard Word (2002)
as Carol
The Rookie (2002)
as Lorri Morris
Very Annie Mary (2001)
as Annie Mary Pugh
Blow (2001)
as Ermine Jung
Blow Dry (2001)
as Sandra
Me Myself I (2000)
as Pamela Drury
Hilary and Jackie (1998)
as Hilary Du Pré
Divorcing Jack (1998)
as Lee Cooper
Welcome to Woop Woop (1998)
as Sylvia
Among Giants (1998)
as Gerry
Since You've Been Gone (1998)
as Sally Zalinsky
My Son the Fanatic (1997)
as Bettina / Sandra
Amy (1997)
as Tanya Rammus
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
as Samantha Newhouse
Children of the Revolution (1996)
as Constable Anna Welch
Cosi (1996)
as Lucy
Jude (1996)
as Arabella
To Have & To Hold (1996)
as Kate
Muriel's Wedding (1994)
as Rhonda Epinstalk
The King's Daughter ()
as Abbess

TV Series Credits

Dead Lucky (2018)
as Grace Gibbs
When We Rise (2017)
as Diane
Barracuda (2016)
as Samantha Taylor
Deadline Gallipoli (2015)
as Lady Hamilton
Camp (2013)
as Mackenzie 'Mack' Granger
Paper Giants: Magazine Wars (2013)
as Dulcie Boling
Comanche Moon (2008)
as Inez Scull
Brothers and Sisters (2006)
as Sarah Walker
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)
V Graham Norton (2002)
Six Feet Under (2001)
as Brenda Chenowith
Rove (1999)
as Herself
Once a Thief (1996)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992)
Live with Regis and Kathie Lee (1983)
The Academy Awards (1953)
Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951)
Ride Like a Girl (2019)
DeKronos - Il Demone del Tempo (2005)
Roundabout (2002)
Tulip (1998)
Tulip (1998)