With a career spanning over two years, Abbie Cornish is showing no sign of slowing down her activities in the industry. Prior to her acting career, she did some modeling at the age of 13 after getting to the final stage at a teen model competition organized by Dolly magazine. The actress’s first credited acting role is as Simone Summers, which she portrayed in the police procedural TV series, Wildside. She has also portrayed lead and supporting characters in different genres in the over two films she has starred in. Most of Abbie Cornish movies have the won the attention of critics and the movie-viewing community in general.
As a high-profile thespian, Cornish has appeared in several notable projects including Sucker Punch (2011), Bright Star (2009), Seven Psychopaths (2012), and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), which earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award as a member of the ensemble cast.
In addition to acting, Abbie is a talented and fast-rising rapper, songwriter, and singer. She started rapping in the year 2000 under the stage name MC Dusk. For four years (from age 18-22), she featured alongside an Australian hip-hop crew and was also part of the team that supported renowned rapper Nas during his Australian tour in the year 2015.
To her credit, the actress has two beautiful tracks titled: “Way Back Home” and “Evolve” feat. musical artist Jane Tyrrell under her belt which she released in 2015 on SoundCloud. Suffa from the hip-hop group Hilltop Hoods was her producer and he produced both of the tracks.
The second child of Barry and Shelley Cornish, Abbie has made appearances in films together with popular performers like Colin Farrell, Luke Wilson, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Hopkins, and Joel Kinnaman. Although the actress currently resides in Los Angeles, California, she was born and raised in Lochinvar, New South Wales, Australia, alongside her beautiful Isabelle Cornish, who is also a notable actress.
Abbie, no doubt, is enjoying the best moments in her career right now. Remarkably, she owes her rise to prominence to Somersault, wherein she convincingly delivered a multi-layered lead role following a couple of minor parts in her birthplace Australia. Let’s take a look at her best movies as well as the ones that didn’t add much value to her career.
List of Abbie Cornish Movies and TV Shows: Best To Worst Filmography
Bright Star (2009)
Released in 2009, Bright Star is a film project that centers on the last three years of the life of celebrated English Romantic poet John Keats and his affair with his fiancée, Fanny Brawne. Abbie portrayed Fanny while actor Ben Whishaw played John. The British-French-Australian biographical fiction drama film is regarded as the best film the actress has participated in.
Abbie’s role in the film won her 10 pretty nominations which include, Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress, British Independent Film Award for Best Actress, London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (2nd Runner-up), Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress (Runner-up), and International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actress (Runner-up).
Bright Star did not only receive positive reviews generally, but it also performed very well at the box office.
For playing the fictional character Heidi very well, Cornish earned nominations for Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Inside Film Award for Best Actress, Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actress, and Miami Film Festival: Breakthrough Award.
Directed by Cate Shortland, Somersault follows Heidi, a teenager, who is left with little choice but to run away from home after she and her mother’s boyfriend were caught red-handed. Despite winning several awards and the approval of critics, the film grossed 2.159 million Australian dollars (AUD) from a budget of 4 million AUD.
Starring Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush, and Abbie as Candy, this film was inspired by a novel titled: Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction which was written by Luke Davies. The Australian romantic drama film, directed by Neil Armfield, follows heroine-addicted fatherly chemistry scholar (Rush) and how he fell in love with two young ladies (Heath and Cornish).
Although Candy received average ratings on film review sites and even made a moderate $2.1 million at the box office, it, nevertheless, fetched Cornish one award (Film Critics Circle of Australia for Best Actress in a Lead Role) from three nominations – Inside Film Awards for Best Actress and Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
There are several reasons people love Abbie Cornish movies, one of which is her ability to convincingly deliver her part regardless of its make-up. In this particular project, she portrayed Anne Willoughby, the wife of Chief Willoughby. The film basically revolves around a mother Mildred (Frances McDormand) living in the city of Ebbing as she mourns the rape and murder of her pretty teen daughter, Angela. In a bid to show her dissatisfaction over the slow-paced investigation of the case, she hired three abandoned billboards close to her home to draw the attention of people.
Featured alongside Peter Dinklage and Lucas Hedges, this film earned Cornish a nomination for AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Both commercially and critically, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a major success.
Cornish remarkably made her debut in television in Wideside. She was cast as Simone Summers, the daughter of a community crisis center doctor, Maxine Summers (Rachael Blake). The 1997 police procedural TV series ran from 1997 to 1999 and is regarded as one of the best TV shows Abbie has lent her acting expertise. The series received satisfactory reviews and reactions from critics and also earned the actress the Young Actor’s Award from Australian Film Institute.
Marking Time (2003)
Yet another incredible project on the list of Abbie Cornish movies and TV shows, Marking Time was produced by Jo Rooney and John Edwards. It created based on the real-life experiences of refugees from Afghan and their hosts living in Young, New South Wales. It captures a young Muslim girl named Randa who moved to Australia with her father as they escape the Taliban. While in school, the young girl was teased by her peers for donning a hijab and being a Muslim. She would later get connected to a young man named Hal who became worried over her plight and in the long run, fell in love with her. After some time, the two began to experience a lot of tension as a result of differences in their culture (Hal is an atheist, Randa a Muslim).
This film is a commercial success and has fetched awards for a handful of actors that starred in it. It occupies a satisfactory spot on the list of the actress’s TV shows.
Jack Ryan (2018)
Created by Graham Roland and Carlton Cuse, Jack Ryan is a political thriller web TV series, created from Tom Clancy’s fictional “Ryanverse” characters. Cornish was cast as one of the main characters, Cathy Mueller. She played the role of a doctor specializing in infectious diseases alongside John Krasinski as Jack Ryan, Ali Suliman as Mousa Bin Suleiman, and Wendell Pierce as James Greer. Rated above average on film review sites, Jack Ryan has helped Cornish’s career – many thanks to her regular role.
From its performance at the box office to its reception, W.E is a total disaster on the list of Abbie Cornish movies. It was welcomed with disappointing and unfavorable reviews, holding the record as one of the worst projects in Abbie’s film career. The 119 minutes long film has a score of 12% on Rotten Tomatoes and 6.3/10 on IMDb.
Cornish played the fictional character Wally Winthrop alongside Andrea Riseborough as Wallis Simpson, James D’Arcy as Edward, and Oscar Isaac as Evgeni. Despite the presence of these notable actors, W.E tragically failed the expectations of viewers and critics, earning £560,645 ($904266) at the box office from an £11 million ($17.74 million) budget.
Geostorm is very dear to screenwriter/producer/former actor-turned-director Dean Devlin because it is the feature film he directed in Hollywood. Most critics found this project very disappointing due to shortcomings like incoherent characters, unimpressive visuals and other basic and necessary elements that make a film spectacular. Although Geostorm excelled at the competitive market, for critics, it is a disaster, a messy and dissatisfactory project.
Perfect received negative reviews film and cold reception following its release in 2018. While most critics likened it to a commercial, others are of the opinion that the film seems to be appealing to only younger women. The science-fiction thriller movie is absolutely a disappointing project with an approval rating of 20% on Rotten Tomatoes and poor scores on other film review sites. In addition to Abbie, it also starred Garrett Wareing, Tao Okamoto, Courtney Eaton, and Maurice Compte.