Abbie Cornish

Abbie Cornish (born 7 August 1982), also known by her rap name MC Dusk, is an Australian actress and rapper. Following her lead performance in 2004's Somersault, Cornish is best known for her film roles as Fanny Brawne in Bright Star (2009), Sweet Pea in Sucker Punch (2011), Lindy in Limitless (2011) and for her work with writer/director Martin McDonagh in Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). For the latter, Cornish won her first Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the cast. Since 2018, she portrays Cathy Mueller in the Amazon Video series Jack Ryan opposite John Krasinski.

Abbie Cornish
Born (1982-08-07) 7 August 1982
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesDusk
OccupationActress, rapper
Years active1997–present
RelativesIsabelle Cornish (sister)

Personal life

Abbie Cornish was born on 7 August 1982[1] in Lochinvar, New South Wales, Australia, as the second of five children of Shelley and Barry Cornish.[2] Her sister, Isabelle Cornish, is also an actress. She grew up on a 70-hectare (170-acre) farm before moving to Newcastle, New South Wales.[3] As a teenager, Cornish was fascinated by independent and foreign films.[4]

She is committed to cruelty-free eating,[5] and in 2006, became an ambassador for Australian animal rights group Voiceless, the animal-protection institute, and was part of a national advertising campaign in 2012.[6]

In February 2019, she announced her engagement to Iraqi professional Mixed Martial Artist Adel Altamimi.[7]


Cornish began modelling at age 13 after reaching the finals of a Dolly Magazine competition.[8] In 1999, Cornish was awarded the Australian Film Institute Young Actor's Award for her role in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's television show Wildside and was offered her first role in a feature film, The Monkey's Mask.

In 2004, Cornish appeared in the award-winning short film Everything Goes with Hugo Weaving. She received the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress at the FCCA and IF Awards and Best Breakthrough Performance at the 2005 Miami International Film Festival for her role in Somersault. Cornish received critical acclaim for her role in Candy, opposite Heath Ledger.[8] She has also starred in A Good Year, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Kimberly Peirce's Stop-Loss. In April 2010, Cornish was cast in Limitless, the film adaptation of the novel The Dark Fields,[9] directed by Neil Burger and also starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro.[10][11]

Cornish narrated Zack Snyder's film Sucker Punch, in which she played one of the protagonists.[12]

Cornish played the role of Wally in Madonna's film W.E., about Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.[4] She replaced Emily Blunt in the independent film The Girl. It premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2012. She starred alongside Woody Harrelson and Colin Farrell in Seven Psychopaths, released in 2012. Cornish co-starred in the 2014 RoboCop reboot. She played Clara Murphy, the wife of protagonist Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman).

In 2015, she played Agent Katherine Cowles in Solace, a mystery thriller film directed by Afonso Poyart with central performances by Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.[13][14]

In 2016, she filmed The Girl Who Invented Kissing with Luke Wilson.[15][16]

In 2019, she will star in the Australian television miniseries Secret Bridesmaids' Business along with Katie McGrath and Georgina Haig.[17]


Cornish is a rapper, singer and songwriter. She has been rapping under the name MC Dusk since 2000 and was part of an Australian hip hop group from the age of 18 to 22. In 2015, Cornish supported American rapper Nas on his Australian tour.[18] The same year, she released two new tracks on SoundCloud: "Evolve" featuring Jane Tyrrell and "Way Back Home", which was produced by Suffa from Hilltop Hoods.[19]



2000The Monkey's MaskMickey Norris
2003HorseplayBecky Wodinski
2004One Perfect DayEmma Matisse
2004SomersaultHeidiAustralian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actress
Inside Film Award for Best Actress
Miami Film Festival: Breakthrough Award
2004Everything GoesBrianieShort film
2006CandyCandyNominated—Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Inside Film Awards for Best Actress
Won—Film Critics Circle of Australia for Best Actress in a Lead Role
2006A Good YearChristie Roberts
2007Elizabeth: The Golden AgeBess Throckmorton
2008Stop-LossMichelle Overton
2009Bright StarFanny BrawneNominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actress (Runner-up)
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (2nd Runner-up)
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress (Runner-up)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
2010Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'HooleOtulissaVoice only
2011Sucker PunchSweet Pea
2011W.E.Wally Winthrop
2012The GirlAshley
2012Seven PsychopathsKaya
2014RoboCopClara Murphy
2015SolaceAgent Katherine CowlesDirect-to-video
20176 DaysKate Adie
2017Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriAnne WilloughbyScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress
2017GeostormAgent Sarah Wilson
2018Where Hands TouchKerstin


1997WildsideSimone SummersAustralian Film Institute: Young Actor's Award
1999Close ContactSara Boyack
2000Water RatsMarie MarchandOne episode
2001OutridersReggie McDowell26 episodes
2001Life SupportPenne #1
2003White Collar BlueAntonia McAlister
2003Marking TimeTraceyNominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in Television Drama or Comedy
2014KlondikeBelinda MulrooneyMiniseries
2018Jack RyanCathy MuellerMain role
2019Secret Bridesmaids' BusinessMelanieMiniseries


  • Pescan: A Feel Good Cookbook (2019, Abrams Books) ISBN 9781419734670


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  10. Miska, Brad (15 April 2010). "Last Piece of Casting for Rogue's 'The Dark Fields'". Retrieved 22 May 2011.
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  14. Debruge, Peter (1 October 2015). "Film Review: 'Solace'". Variety. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  15. McNary, Dave (8 July 2016). "Lionsgate UK in Talks to Distribute Jesse Metcalfe's 'The Ninth Passenger'". Variety. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  16. "Luke Wilson, Abbie Cornish to Star in 'The Girl Who Invented Kissing'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  17. Yang, Rachel (8 May 2019). "Abbie Cornish-Led Thriller Series 'Secret Bridesmaids' Business' Begins Production (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
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  19. "Dusksound". Retrieved 27 August 2015.

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