Jacqueline McKenzie is an Australian actress best known for her role as Diana Skouris in the sci-fi television series The 4400, from 2004-2007.
McKenzie made her film debut in the 1987 film Wordplay and on stage in Child Dancing for Griffin Theatre Company.
She made a strong impression in the film Romper Stomper (1992), and over the next couple of years came to be regarded as one of Australia's most promising young actresses.
She received Australian Film Institute Award nominations for her roles in Stark, This Won't Hurt a Bit (both 1993), The Battlers and Traps (both 1994) before winning two awards in 1995 for Best Actress in a Television Drama for Halifax f.p: Lies of the Mind, and Best Actress in a Leading Role for Angel Baby.
With this success she ventured to the United States and secured a Green Card, as a Person of Extraordinary Ability. She subsequently had acting roles in films such as Deep Blue Sea (1999) and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002).
In 2004, she began playing the lead female role Diana Skouris in the science fiction television series The 4400, one of the year's biggest successes.
She also played a lead role in an episode of Two Twisted (2006), an Australian television program. McKenzie appeared on television again in 2006 playing Linda Landry in Umney's Last Case, the third episode of Nightmares and Dreamscapes on TNT.
She has recorded a collection of songs: Shy Baby, Boo Boo, Find Me, Summer, Under The Elm and Ever. Shy Baby was used in the second season finale of The 4400, and was included in the show's soundtrack released in April 2007.
She was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. McKenzie dated Australian actor Daniel Pollock (who appeared with her in Romper Stomper) before he committed suicide in 1992.
In 1996, a portrait of McKenzie by Garry Shead was a finalist in the Archibald Prize. The prize is awarded for the best portrait painting preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics.