Actress. Born Anna Helene Paquin on July 24, 1982 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The daughter of teachers, Paquin was raised in New Zealand. In 1993, she made her film debut at age 11 in Jane Campion’s widely acclaimed film The Piano with Holly Hunter. She earned an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress for her performance, making her the second youngest winner of an Oscar.
While in high school, Paquin relocated with her mother to Los Angeles, where she continued to develop her acting career. Notable films include Jane Eyre, Fly Away Home, Hurlyburly and the X-Men series. In 2005, she appeared in the drama The Squid and the Whale as Jeff Daniels’ precocious teenage love interest. She will next appear in Blue State for which she also served as executive producer.
Paquin lives in New York City where she has nurtured a serious stage career. She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and won a Theatre World Award for her performance in The Glory of Living. In 2002, she appeared in the West End production of This is Our Youth.