May 21, 2009 3:50 pm

Jacqueline McKenzie

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Jacqueline McKenzie graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia, also attended by such Hollywood luminaries as Mel Gibson, Judy Davis, Geoffrey Rush, and Cate Blanchett. She made her screen debut in Romper Stomper, opposite Russell Crowe.

Jacqueline is known to television audiences from her starring role as Diana Skouris in the series The 4400. She also costarred with William H. Macy in Umney’s Last Case, part of TNT’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King. Jacqueline played alongside Holly Hunter and Ron Silver in the TV movie When Billie Beat Bobbie, and guest starred alongside her good friend and fellow Australian, Anthony LaPaglia, in an episode of Without a Trace. She can be seen as Dr. Veronica Hayden-Jones on Mental.

Recent film credits include Opal Dreams; Human Touch; Preservation; Peaches; The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, directed by Callie Khouri; Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, opposite Stellan Skaarsgard; and Eisenstein. She also starred with Samuel L. Jackson and Thomas Jane in Deep Blue Sea. Other features include Mr. Reliable; Under the Lighthouse Dancing; and Angel Baby, for which she won the Best Actress Award at home in Australia and at numerous international film festivals.

As one of Australia’s most highly regarded theatre actresses, Jacqueline has enjoyed rave reviews for her performances as Joan in George Bernard Shaw’s great classic Saint Joan at the Sydney Opera House, and in the same theater as Catherine in David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof. She played Rita in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Educating Rita, starring opposite Edward Hermann and directed by the late Bruce Paltrow. She also starred alongside Al Pacino, Steve Buscemi, Billy Crudup and Paul Giamatti in Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, directed by Theatre de Complicite’s Simon McBurney. For the wonderful Belvoir St. Theatre in her hometown of Sydney, and for director Neil Armfield, Jacqueline has starred in Master Builder; The Governor’s Family; and Hamlet, alongside Geoffrey Rush. Other theatre credits include Twelfth Night; Rebecca; The Barber of Seville; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She also appeared in the highly regarded Sydney Theatre Company production of The White Devil, which toured to New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music.

In addition to her varied acting career, Jacqueline is a painter and singer-songwriter. She contributed a song to the original soundtrack of The 4400.

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