Anna Paquin’s Early Life
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Anna is the child of two teachers who moved to Lower Hutt, New Zealand, when she was four. At the age of eleven she received critical acclaim and an Oscar for her performance as Holly Hunter’s daughter in The Piano (1993). Her next films were not until 1996 when she starred in Fly Away Home, and Franco Zeffirelli’s Jane Eyre, in which she portrayed the young Jane.
Her parents separated while she was filming Fly Away Home, and Anna, her mother, and her sister shifted to Los Angeles so Anna could better pursue her acting career. She successfully made the transition from child-actress to teenager in films such as Hurlyburly (1998) and A Walk on the Moon (1999).
Anna also studied for a year at Columbia University, but has taken leave of absence to continue acting. In 2000 she had roles in Almost Famous and Finding Forrester, and also that year featured as Rogue in the popular science fiction film X-Men.
Since then Anna’s career has continued to flourish, and she has completed several other films including the two X-Men sequels. A move to New York City has also seen her begin a new career as a stage actress, making appearances in both New York and London. In 2006 she appeared in and was executive producer of Blue State.
Anna Paquin Fact Sheet
Full Name: Anna Helene Paquin
Birth Date: July 24, 1982
Birth Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (Moved to Lower Hutt, New Zealand with her family when 4 years old)
1994 — Oscar: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Piano
1993 — LAFCA Award: Best Supporting Actress for The Piano
Solid Body of Work
Along with her popular success in such films as the X-Men series, Paquin has quietly built a solid body of respected work and has been likened to a young Jodie Foster. She is one of only a few child actors who have gone on to success as an adult.