Rachel Griffiths

55, from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Artwork for My Best Friend's WeddingImage of Rachel Griffiths

Biography

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. 

Timeline

2023Aged 55

  • Poster for Bring Him to Me

    Veronica

  • Poster for A Savage Christmas

    Doctor Gabrielle

  • Poster for Anyone But You

    Innie

2022Aged 54

  • Poster for The King's Daughter

    Abbess

2020Aged 52

  • Poster for Strangers To The World

    Etty Hillesum

2019Aged 51

  • Poster for Ride Like a Girl

    Director

2017Aged 49

  • Poster for David Stratton: A Cinematic Life

    Self

  • Poster for Don't Tell

    Joy Conolly

  • Poster for Making Muriel

    Herself

2016Aged 48

  • Poster for Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child

    General Lynex

  • Poster for Mammal

    Margaret

  • Poster for Hacksaw Ridge

    Bertha Doss

2013Aged 45

  • Poster for Butterflies

    Claire

  • Poster for Patrick

    Matron Cassidy

  • Poster for Saving Mr. Banks

    Aunt Ellie

2012Aged 44

  • Poster for Underground: The Julian Assange Story

    Christine Assange

2011Aged 43

  • Poster for Burning Man

    Miriam

2009Aged 41

  • Poster for Beautiful Kate

    Sally Kendall

2007Aged 39

  • Poster for The Sounds of Aus

    Self

2006Aged 38

  • Poster for Step Up

    Director Gordon

  • Poster for Genesis: Total Rock Review

    Interviewer

2005Aged 37

  • Poster for Angel Rodriguez

    Nicole

  • Poster for Six Feet Under: In Memoriam

    Herself

  • Poster for DeKronos - Il Demone del Tempo

    Director

2004Aged 36

  • Poster for Plainsong

    Maggie Jonas

2003Aged 35

2002Aged 34

  • Poster for The Rookie

    Lorri Morris

  • Poster for The Hard Word

    Carol

  • Poster for The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina

    Albertine (voice)

  • Poster for Roundabout

    Director

2001Aged 33

  • Poster for Blow Dry

    Sandra

  • Poster for Blow

    Ermine Jung

  • Poster for Very Annie Mary

    Annie Mary Pugh

2000Aged 32

  • Poster for Me Myself I

    Pamela Drury

1998Aged 30

  • Poster for Since You've Been Gone

    Sally Zalinsky

  • Poster for Among Giants

    Gerry

  • Poster for Welcome to Woop Woop

    Sylvia

  • Poster for Amy

    Tanya Rammus

  • Poster for Divorcing Jack

    Lee Cooper

  • Poster for Hilary and Jackie

    Hilary Du Pré

  • Poster for Tulip

    Director

1997Aged 29

  • Poster for My Best Friend's Wedding

    Samantha Newhouse

  • Poster for My Son the Fanatic

    Bettina / Sandra

1996Aged 28

  • Poster for Jude

    Arabella

  • Poster for Cosi

    Lucy

  • Poster for To Have & To Hold

    Kate

  • Poster for Children of the Revolution

    Constable Anna Welch

1994Aged 26

  • Poster for Muriel's Wedding

    Rhonda Epinstalk

Year unknown

  • Poster for Seeing Through the Mists of Oblivion

    Woman Underwater (archived footage)