Who is Mia Wasikowska?

Australian actress and moviemaker Mia Wasikowska, was born in Canberra, Australia, on 25 October 1989, making her zodiac sign Scorpio. She’s had roles in over 40 movies and TV series, and is perhaps still best known for her playing of the main character Alice Kingsleigh in the critically acclaimed 2010 family adventure fantasy movie “Alice in Wonderland”, which Tim Burton directed, and which also starred Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp. It follows 19 years old Alice who’s returned to the magical world of her childhood, and the movie won 37 of its 100 award nominations, including two Oscar wins for Best Achievement in Costume Design and Best Achievement in Art Direction.

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Education and early life

Mia was raised in Canberra alongside her younger brother Kai and older sister Jess, by their Australian father John Reid who’s a collagist and photographer, and their Polish mother Marzena Wasikowska who was a photographer.

Mia studied at Cook Primary School and Ainslie Primary School prior to moving to Szczecin, Poland when she was eight, after her mother had been offered a job there; they returned to Australia a year later. She was nine when she began taking ballet lessons at the Canberra Dance Development Centre, and she dreamed of becoming famous worldwide; Mia eventually became dissatisfied with ballet because of the pressure to achieve physical perfection, and was 14 when she chose to leave dancing behind her.

She was also 14 when she made her debut TV series appearance, playing Lily Watson in the 2004 episode “Out on a Limb” of the drama “All Saints”, and the year 2006 saw her make her debut film appearance, playing Lilya in the thriller comedy “Suburban Mayhem”; Mia’s since been active in the film industry.

She enrolled at Canberra High School in 2004, and eventually transferred to Karabar High School, from which she matriculated in 2008.

Roles in movies

The year 2006 saw Mia star as Eve in the eponymous short drama, while she was then cast to play Girl in the 2007 short drama “Lens Love Story”, Cosette in the eponymous 2007 short drama and Amelia in the 2007 drama “September”.

It was also in 2007 that Mia gained recognition, with her playing of Sherry in the popular action horror “Rogue”, written and directed by Greg McLean, and which starred Michael Vartan, Radha Mitchell and Sam Worthington. It follows an American journalist who’s become trapped on a mud island in Australia, and the movie won one of its five award nominations.

Some of Mia’s film roles in the remainder of the 2000s were in the 2008 short romantic horror “I Love Sarah Jane”, the 2008 short drama “Summer Breaks” and the 2009 drama “That Evening Sun”.

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In 2011, she starred as Jane Eyre in the eponymous critically acclaimed romantic drama, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, and which also starred Michael Fassbender and Jamie Bell. It follows a governess who’s fallen for her employer, and has learned that he’s hiding a terrible secret; the movie won 10 of its 27 award nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Achievement in Costume Design.

A couple of Mia’s following roles were in the 2012 biographical crime “Lawless”, the 2013 thriller “Stoker” and the 2015 mystery horror “Crimson Peak”. In 2017, she portrayed Anna Novak in the biographical action thriller “The Man with the Iron Heart”, directed by Cedric Jimenez, and which starred Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike and Jack O’Connell. Set during World War II, the movie follows two Czechs who are planning to kill Reinhard Heydrich, one of the main people behind the Holocaust, and the movie was nominated for three awards.

Mia’s three most recent film roles have been in the 2020 crime thriller “The Devil All the Time”, the 2021 romantic drama “Bergman Island”, and the 2022 family drama “Blueback”.

Roles in TV series

Mia’s had roles in only three TV series, including “All Saints”. In 2008, she played Sophie in nine episodes of the critically acclaimed drama “In Treatment”, created by Rodrigo Garcia and Hagai Levi, and which starred Gabriel Byrne, Uzo Aduba and Dianne Wiest. It follows a psychotherapist who’s begun questioning his abilities, and has thus started seeing his old therapist again; the series aired from 2008 through 2021, and won 10 of its 63 award nominations.

In 2018, Mia played a supporting character in an episode of the series “Black Comedy”, which starred Aaron Fa’aoso, Nakkiah Lui and Elizabeth Wymarra, and follows a group of indigenous Australians as they’re performing comedy; it aired from 2014 to 2020 and won three of its nine award nominations.

Other credits

Mia wrote and directed the 2013 drama movie “The Turning”, which won six of its 15 award nominations, and the 2016 romantic film “Madly”, which won one of its two award nominations.

She’s made a guest appearance in many talk-shows, most recently in “The Arts Hour”, “Stars in the House” and “Hollywood Insider”.

Awards and nominations

Mia’s won seven of her 49 award nominations. Some of her wins include a Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress and a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Fight, both for her performance in “Alice in Wonderland” both in 2010, and a 2012 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Special Mention for Age Difference Between the Leading Man and the Love Interest, for “Albert Nobbs”.

Love life and relationships

Mia avoids sharing the details of her love life with her fans, but there are still two men whom she’s dated, that the public knows about. From 2013 through 2015, she was in a relationship with American actor Jesse Adam Eisenberg, whom she met on the set of the 2013 thriller comedy movie “The Double”. Jesse’s had roles in over 50 movies and TV series, and is probably still best known for his playing of the lead character Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 biographical movie “The Social Network”; for his performance, Jesse was nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

In 2017 and 2018, Mia dated British actor and model Robert Pattinson, perhaps best known for his playing of the lead character Edward Cullen in the film trilogy “Twilight”.

She hasn’t spoken of other men whom she’s dated, and Mia seems to be unattached as of December 2022, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Wanting to maintain her privacy, Mia has chosen not to be active on any of the today’s popular social media networks, however, there’s an Instagram fan account of Mia which is today followed by close to 50,000 people, and numbers nearly 170 pictures and videos uploaded onto it. She also has a fan-made Twitter account, launched in April 2012, but it only numbers nearly 500 followers.

Mia was considered for the role of Lisbeth Salander in the critically acclaimed 2011 movie “The Dragon Tattoo”, which eventually went to Rooney Mara, and was also considered for the role of Gwen Stacy in the popular 2012 movie “The Amazing Spider-Man”, which went to Emma Stone.

She loves to read books, and some of her favorite authors are Tennessee Williams, David Mamet and Anton Chekhov.

Some of Mia’s favorite actresses are Ingrid Bergman and Sophia Loren, while some of her favorite movies are “A Woman Called Golda”, “Autumn Sonata” and “A Walk in the Spring Rain”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Mia’s age is 33. She has brown eyes and long blonde hair, her height’s 5ft 4ins (1.63m) and she weighs around 110lbs (51kgs).

Mia’s net worth’s been estimated at over $8 million, as of December 2022.

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