Miranda Otto biography

Annabelle: Creation

Miranda Otto

Date of Birth: December 16, 1967

As the daughter of well-known Australian actor Barry Otto, Miranda Otto was destined to become an actress. She attended the prestigious Australian drama school NIDA, which boasts other famous graduates such as Mel Gibson, Judy Davis and Cate Blanchett. At only 18, she starred as Emma in the feature film Emma’s War (1986), alongside Lee Remick and Terrence Donovan. She worked steadily in Australian productions over the next few years and in 1998 she landed a role in her first American film, playing Marty Bell in The Thin Red Line (1998) with an all-star cast including Sean Penn, John Cusack and Nick Nolte. For financial reasons, by the late 1990s, American productions were traveling to Australia to film, finding they could do more on their budget than if they stayed in the U.S. Her next project was an HBO-TV movie called The Jack Bull (1999), again with John Cusack, and John Goodman.

Having made a name for herself, Miranda to moved to the U.S. to film a lead role in the Hollywood feature film What Lies Beneath (2000), starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. Next up was the comedy Human Nature (2001), starring Patricia Arquette. Otto was fast becoming known as an international actress, and she found herself traveling to England, Italy, Poland and Canada for roles in films such as Julie Walking Home (2001) for acclaimed Polish director Agnieszka Holland. She then landed the plum role of Éowyn in The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), filmed in New Zealand.

When she can find time, Miranda also performs on stage, and won rave reviews in 2002 for her portrayal of Nora Helmer in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of the Ibsen classic, A Doll’s House. For her film work, she has been honored with Australian Film Institute award nominations for The Girl Who Came Late (1991), The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992), The Well (1997) and In The Winter Dark (1998). Her most recent films include I, Frankenstein (2014), The Homesman (2014), The Daughter (2016) and Annabelle: Creation (2017).

Miranda married Australian actor Peter O’Brien on January 1, 2003. They have a daughter together.

Miranda Otto Filmography


Annabelle: Creation

Genre:  Horror, Thriller
Running Time:  109 min.
Release Date: August 11, 2017
DVD: October 24, 2017
Blu-ray: October 24, 2017
Digital: October 17, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 3.04
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Cast: Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, Philippa Anne Coulthard, Grace Fulton, Lou Lou Safran, Samara Lee, Tayler Buck, Anthony LaPaglia, Miranda Otto

Inspiration: Ed and Lorraine Warren