Rachel Ward

Australian Actress and Film Director
Born Sep 12, 1957

Rachel Claire Ward AM is a British actress, columnist, film director, and screenwriter who has primarily pursued her career in Australia.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Rachel Ward.


1957 Birth Born on September 12, 1957.


1977 19 Years Old During her modelling career, she was featured on the covers of Vogue, Harper's & Queen and Cosmopolitan magazines. After moving to the United States in 1977, she appeared in television adverts such as the Lincoln Mercury "Cougar Girl" and Revlon's "Scoundrel Girl."


1981 23 Years Old In 1981 she received a Golden Globe Award nomination for "New Star of the Year" for her role in the film Sharky's Machine starring with Burt Reynolds. … Read More
1983 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Her big break came in 1983 when she starred opposite Richard Chamberlain as the lead role portraying Meggie Cleary in the television mini-series The Thorn Birds, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film. … Read More
1984 26 Years Old In 1984, she played Jess in the film-noir remake Against All Odds, with Jeff Bridges.
1985 27 Years Old After filming Fortress in 1985, Ward then disappeared from film for several years to study acting.
1987 29 Years Old She reappeared in 1987 playing opposite her husband, Bryan Brown (whom she met on the set of The Thorn Birds), in The Umbrella Woman.


2001 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2001, she was again nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for her role in On the Beach (2000).
2003 45 Years Old 1 More Event
The film also won the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award, as did her 2003 film Martha's New Coat. … Read More
2005 47 Years Old In 2005, Ward was made a Member of the Order of Australia "for service to raising awareness of social justice through lobbying, mentoring and advocacy for the rights of disadvantaged and at-risk young people, and support for the Australian film and television industry."
2007 49 Years Old In 2007, Ward returned to television, headlining the new ABC drama Rain Shadow. … Read More


2009 51 Years Old In 2009, she directed her first feature-length film titled Beautiful Kate, adapted by Ward from a 1982 Newton Thornburg novel, and premiered at the Sydney Film Festival. … Read More
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