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Mary Rose Byrne (born 24 July 1979) is an Australian actress. Her films include 28 Weeks Later, Sunshine, Troy, Knowing, Marie Antoinette, Insidious, Get Him to the Greek, Bridesmaids, and X-Men: First Class. She plays one of the two main protagonists in the U.S. television series Damages as Ellen Parsons, which has earned her two Golden Globe nominations and two Emmy nominations.

 Early life

Byrne was born in Balmain, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, of Irish and Scottish descent (h


Personal life

Byrne was in a relationship with Australian writer, director and actor Brendan Cowell for over six years. For much of the time their relationship was maintained at long-distance, with work commitments meaning they were often on separate continents. Cowell moved from Sydney to New York City, following Byrne's success on Damages. The relationship ended in January 2010.

Previously she dated Australian writer/director Gregor Jordan, who directed her in Two Hands.



Year Film Role
1994 Dallas Doll Sommers
1999 Two Hands Alex    
  The Date Sophie
2000 My Mother Frank Jenny
  The Goddess of 1967
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