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Essie is best known this far for her leading role in THE BABADOOK, cited by Indiewire as ‘the best horror movie of the 21st century’, with Essie herself cited for an ‘unforgettable’ performance and nominated for awards such as the AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, an AACTA International Award for Best Actress and a Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actress.
Further film credits include ASSASSIN’S CREED as ‘Mary Lynch’ alongside with Michael Fassbender, Jeremy Irons and Marion Cotillard, Simon Farnaby and Julian Barratt’s British Independent Film Award nominated MINDHORN, AUSTRALIA alongside Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, THE MATRIX RELOADED and THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, BURNING MAN and LEGENDS OF THE GUARDIANS.
For television, she is best known for her internationally loved and hugely popular role as ‘Phyrne Fisher’ in ABC’s MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES, GAME OF THRONES, Starz and BBC2’s TV mini-series THE WHITE PRINCESS, THE LAST POST and PHILIP K DICK'S ELECTRIC DREAMS with Bryan Cranston.
Theatre credits include A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Broadway production of TOM STOPPARD’S JUMPERS, for which she earned a Tony Award nomination, BBC production of SWEENEY TODD with Ray Winstone, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL for the Sydney Theatre Company, and her many roles in MACBETH, RICHARD III, HAMLET and ROMEO AND JULIET with the Bell Shakespeare Company.