Frances O'Connor is an England-born Australian actress best known for her roles in the feature films The Importance of Being Earnest, Artificial Intelligence: AI and Windtalkers; and for her leading role as Zoe Burden in the television dramedy series Cashmere Mafia, in 2008.
She also has a starring role as Rose Selfridge, Harry's soul mate who provides a true sense of home for her bold yet sometimes unstable husband, in the period drama television series Mr Selfridge.
On television, O'Connor received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a TV Movie or Mini-Series for PBS' highly acclaimed Madame Bovary.
She also starred in HBO's historical drama about strong-willed American suffragettes entitled Iron-Jawed Angels, with Hilary Swank, Angelica Huston and Julia Ormond.
She starred alongside Jude Law in Spielberg's futuristic drama, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in The Importance of Being Earnest, and in Woo's WWII film, Windtalkers, opposite Nicholas Cage.
O'Connor's film credits include Timeline, based on the Michael Crichton novel, Bedazzled, opposite Brendan Fraser, The Lazarus Child, with Andy Garcia and Angela Bassett, and Mansfield Park, in which she had the principal role as Fanny Price one of Jane Austen's classically, socially-repressed and independently-spirited heroines.
Notably, O'Connor first received critical praise for her roles in the Australian features Kiss or Kill, a crime thriller directed by Bill Bennett (for which she was named Best Actress at the Montreal Film Festival), and in Fox Searchlight's Love and Other Catastrophes.
On stage O'Connor was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for her portrayal of Viv in the Almeida Theatre production of Tom & Viv. She also starred on the West End playing Maggie, opposite Brendan Fraser, in the Anthony Page-helmed production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Born in England and raised in Australia, O'Connor currently resides in New York City with her son.