Frances O'Connor

Frances Ann O'Connor (born 12 June 1967) is an English-Australian actress. She is best known for her roles in the films Mansfield Park (1999), Bedazzled (2000), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), and Timeline (2003). O'Connor has won an AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Blessed (2009), and earned Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film nominations for her performances in Madame Bovary (2000) and The Missing (2014).

Frances O'Connor
Frances Ann O'Connor[1]

(1967-06-12) 12 June 1967[2]
Wantage, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Alma materCurtin University
Years active1993–present
Gerald Lepkowski (m. 2011)

Early life

O'Connor was born in Wantage, Oxfordshire, England, to a pianist mother and nuclear physicist father;[3] her family moved to Perth, Australia, when she was two years old.[4] She is the middle of five children, with one older brother, one older sister, and two younger sisters.[5] O'Connor was raised Roman Catholic,[6] and attended the Mercedes College in Perth. She then went on to attend the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from Curtin University in Western Australia.


O'Connor made her film debut in Emma-Kate Croghan's critically acclaimed independent romantic comedy Love and Other Catastrophes (1996).[7] She received her first AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role nomination for her performance in the film. In 1997, she had the leading role in Kiss or Kill,[8] and starred opposite Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in Thank God He Met Lizzie.[7] In 1999, O'Connor starred as Fanny Price in the British romantic comedy-drama Mansfield Park. The film also received favourable reviews from critics.[9] The following year, O'Connor earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance as Emma Bovary in the film Madame Bovary.[10]

In 2000, O'Connor began her career in Hollywood with a role in the comedy film Bedazzled, a remake of the 1967 film of the same name. She starred opposite Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley.[11] The following year, she had a leading role in the Steven Spielberg science fiction drama A.I. Artificial Intelligence. She was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film. In 2002, she starred alongside Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, and Judi Dench in the romantic comedy-drama The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Oliver Parker and based on Oscar Wilde's classic play. In 2003, O'Connor starred opposite Paul Walker in the science fiction film Timeline, which bombed at the box office.[12][13]

In 2004, O'Connor returned to independent films and starred in Iron Jawed Angels with Hilary Swank, Julia Ormond, and Anjelica Huston. She received two more AACTA Award for Best Actress nominations for Three Dollars (2005) and The Hunter. In 2008, she starred in the short-lived ABC comedy-drama series Cashmere Mafia opposite Lucy Liu, Miranda Otto, and Bonnie Somerville.[10] In 2009, she won an AACTA Award for Best Actress for her performance in Blessed. She later appeared in Jayne Mansfield's Car, Little Red Wagon, and The Truth About Emanuel. In 2011, O'Connor was cast in the ABC drama pilot Hallelujah, created by Marc Cherry, but the show was not picked up to series.[14][15] From 2013 to 2014, she starred as Rose Selfridge in the British period drama Mr Selfridge.[16][17]

In 2014, O'Connor was cast as lead in the British drama The Missing.[18] She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for her performance in the series.[19] She then appeared as Belle's mother Colette in the fourth season of the American series Once Upon a Time.[20] In 2016, O'Connor co-stars in the horror film The Conjuring 2, alongside Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson,[21] and in Cleverman, opposite Iain Glen.[22]

Personal life

O'Connor and her long-term partner, Gerald Lepkowski, had a son, Luka, in May 2005. The couple married in 2011 at O'Connor's mother's residence in Australia.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Bathing Boxes 2nd Woman Short film
1996 Love and Other Catastrophes Mia
1997 Kiss or Kill Nikki Davies
1997 Thank God He Met Lizzie Jenny Follett
1998 A Little Bit of Soul Kate Haslett
1999 A Margherita with Hot Salami Diana Short film
1999 Mansfield Park Fanny Price
2000 About Adam Laura Owens
2000 Bedazzled Alison Gardner
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Monica Swinton
2002 The Importance of Being Earnest Gwendolen Fairfax
2002 Windtalkers Rita Swelton
2003 Timeline Kate Ericson
2004 Iron Jawed Angels Lucy Burns
2004 Book of Love Elaine Walker
2005 Three Dollars Tanya Harnovey
2005 The Lazarus Child Alison Heywood
2005 Piccadilly Jim Ann Chester
2009 Blessed Rhonda
2011 The Hunter Lucy Armstrong
2012 Jayne Mansfield's Car Camilla Bedford
2012 Best Man Down Jaime Anderson
2012 Little Red Wagon Margaret Craig
2013 The Truth About Emanuel Janice
2014 Mercy Rebecca McCoy
2016 The Conjuring 2 Peggy Hodgson


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Law of the Land Marissa Green Unknown episodes
1994 The Damnation of Harvey McHugh Georgina Episode: "Heaven Knows Mr. McHugh"
1995 The Man from Snowy River Rachel McAlister 2 episodes
1995 Halifax f.p. Frances Episode: "The Feeding"
1996 Blue Heelers Gabe Greenway 3 episodes
1996 G.P. Karen Papadopoulos Episode: "Someone to Turn To"
1997 Frontline Kristy Episode: "I Get the Big Names"
2000 Madame Bovary Emma Bovary Television film
2008 Cashmere Mafia Zoe Burden 7 episodes
2009 Nova Emma Darwin Episode: "Darwin's Darkest Hour"
2011 Ice Sarah Fitch Miniseries; 2 episodes
2011 Hallelujah Ruth Turner Unsold pilot
2013 Vegas Barbara Kent Episode: "From This Day Forward"
2013–14 Mr Selfridge Rose Selfridge 20 episodes
2014 The Missing Emily Hughes Miniseries; 8 episodes
2014 Once Upon a Time Colette Episode: "Family Business"
2016 Cleverman Charlotte Cleary
2018 Troy: Fall of a City Hecuba
TBA Locke & Key Nina

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
1996 AACTA Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Love and Other Catastrophes Nominated
1997 Kiss or Kill Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Actress Won
Montreal World Film Festival Best Actress Won
AACTA Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Thank God He Met Lizzie Nominated
1999 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Mansfield Park Nominated
2000 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Madame Bovary Nominated
2001 Saturn Awards Best Actress A.I. Artificial Intelligence Nominated
American Film Institute Featured Actor of the Year – Female – Movies Nominated
2002 Empire Awards Best Actress Nominated
2005 AACTA Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Three Dollars Nominated
2009 Blessed Won
Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Actress Won
2011 Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Actress The Hunter Won
AACTA Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
2013 Ashland Independent Film Festival Best Acting Ensemble The Truth About Emanuel Won
2014 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film The Missing Nominated
Golden Nymph Awards Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries Won


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  22. Friedlander, Whitney (3 September 2015). "Iain Glen, Frances O'Connor's 'Cleverman' Series to Air on SundanceTV". Variety.
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