"What really helped me get into the character of Dormé was definitely her costume. It was so regal that it made me walk and behave very differently than a twenty-two-year-old Sydney girl. Her entire role really is to support Amidala, and her safety is Dormé's top priority. That helped give me focus."
―Rose Byrne[src]

Rose Byrne (born July 24, 1979) played the handmaiden Dormé in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. She was discovered by Robin Gurland, the casting director for Attack of the Clones, while she was performing with Leeanna Walsman (Zam Wesell) in the play La Dispute for the Sydney Theatre Company.


Byrne is of Irish and Scottish descent, and was born in Balmain, a suburb of Sydney, Australia. She attended Hunters Hill High School, Bradfield College, and the University of Sydney. She also studied acting at the Australian Theatre for Young People and the Atlantic Theater Company.

The Australian actress's other credits include films such as Troy, Wicker Park, Marie Antoinette, Sunshine, 28 Weeks Later, Bridesmaids, X-Men: First Class, The Place Beyond the Pines, and I Give It a Year.

In 2000, Byrne won the Best Actress Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for her role in The Goddess of 1967.

In 2001, she played alongside Star Wars co-star Joel Edgerton (Owen Lars in Episodes II and Episode III) in the short movie The Pitch. The film was directed by Joel Edgerton's brother, Nash Edgerton (Ewan McGregor's stunt double in the prequel trilogy). She played once again with Joel Edgerton in the 2003 film The Night We Called It a Day. She also appeared along with Alethea McGrath (Jocasta Nu) in the 2003 film Take Away and in the 2009 film Knowing. In 2005, she shared screen with David Tennant (voice of Huyang in The Clone Wars) in the BBC TV miniseries Casanova. In 2006, she played in Marie Antoinette, a film directed by Sofia Coppola (Saché). She also played with Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) in the 2014 film This Is Where I Leave You, and appeared with Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) in X-Men: Apocalypse.

From 2007 to 2012, Byrne has played the role of Ellen Parsons in the TV series Damages, which has earned her two Golden Globe and two Primetime Emmy nominations, and an Australian Film Institute award for Best Actress.


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2020Like a BossMia
2019JexiJexi (voice)
2019I Am MotherMother (voice)
2018Instant FamilyEllie Wagner
2018Peter RabbitJemima Puddle-Duck (voice)/Bea
2018Juliet, NakedAnnie Platt
2018Insidious: The Last KeyRenai LambertArchive Footage
2017I Love You, DaddyGrace Cullen
2016The MeddlerLori Minervini
2016X-Men: ApocalypseMoira MacTaggert
2016Neighbors 2Kelly Radner
2015UnityNarratorDocumentary (voice)
2015SpyRayna Boyanov
2014AnnieGrace Farrell
2014Adult BeginnersJustinea.k.a. Brother's Keeper
2014This Is Where I Leave YouPenny Moore
2014NeighborsKelly Radner
2013The TurningRaelene
2013Insidious: Chapter 2Renai Lambert
2013The InternshipDana
2013I Give It a YearNat
2013PortlandiaFred's GirlfriendTV series
2013The Place Beyond the PinesJennifer
2012 American Dad!JennyTV series (voice)
2011X-Men: First ClassMoira MacTaggert
2011BridesmaidsHelen Harris III
2011InsidiousRenai Lambert
2010Get Him to the GreekJackie Q
2010I Love You TooVerityCameo role
2009KnowingDiana Wayland & Lucinda Embry-Wayland
2009AdamBeth Buchwald
2008The Tender HookIrisa.k.a. The Boxer and the Bombshell
2007-2012DamagesEllen ParsonsTV series
2007Just BuriedRoberta Knickle
200728 Weeks LaterMajor Scarlet Levy
2006The Dead GirlLeah
2006Marie AntoinetteDuchesse de Polignac
2005The TenantsIrene Bell
2005CasanovaEdithTV miniseries
2004Wicker ParkAlex Denver
2003The Rage in Placid LakeGemma Taylor
2003The Night We Called It a DayAudrey Appleby
2003Take AwaySonja Stilano
2003I Capture the CastleRose Mortmain
2002City of GhostsSabrina
2002Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the ClonesDormé
2002HeavenUnknown roleShort movie
2001The PitchGirlShort movie
2000Murder CallSarah WatsonTV series
2000The Goddess of 1967B.G.
2000My Mother FrankJenny
1999Two HandsAlex
1999Heartbreak HighCarly WhitelyTV series
1999The DateSophieShort movie
1999Big SkyAngieTV series
1997WildsideHeidi BensonTV series
1997Fallen AngelsSiobhanTV series
1996G.P. RebeccaTV series
1995Echo PointBelinda O'ConnorTV series
1994Dallas DollRastus Sommers


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