Mia Wasikowska is an actress of Australian-Polish descent. She made her silver screen debut way back in 2004, appearing on the TV show All Saints. Her first big screen appearance was in the movie Suburban Mayhem in 2006. Mia was born on October 14, 1989, to photographers Marzena and John. While her mother has Polish roots, her father is Australian with British ancestors. She was the middle child among the three kids in the house. She was based in Canberra mainly though the whole family shifted to Poland for almost a year when she was eight. She wanted to pursue ballet dancing as a career, and she even took classes at the tender age of nine. But an injury became a major hindrance, and she finally quit at the age of fourteen. She got fascinated by cinema and dropped out of Canberra High School, which she was attending at the time, to prepare herself as an actor in a full-fledged manner. When she was just fifteen, she debuted with the movie Suburban Mayhem.
The next year she acted in the croc-horror movie Rogue and later appeared in the critically acclaimed short I Love Sarah Jane, which was a part of Sundance Film Festival in 2008. Aged seventeen, she gave a tremendous boost to her career by bagging the role of a gymnast with suicidal tendencies in the HBO show In Treatment. She received huge praises from critics, especially for her impeccable American accent. She also bagged the titular role in the biopic Amelia, directed by celebrated director
. Later, she bagged the lead role in the movie Alice in Wonderland, where she shared screen space with . She prepared intensively for the role, referring to many movie adaptations of the fantasy novel. The movie received mainly favorable reviews, with praises for its visual style and special effects. The movie was a smash hit at the box office, earning more than a billion dollars at the box office worldwide.
She also starred alongside
, in Cary Fukunaga’s rendition of the classic novel, Jane Eyre. Her role earned her great critical acclaim, giving a boost to her already successful career. Apart from these, she has appeared in many other movies, namely Lawless in which she starred as a teen cancer victim, Stoker, and
, which she bagged by replacing
. She debuted as a director with a small portion of the movie
, based on a collection of short stories by Tim Winton. The film was screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2013. She has a lot of interesting projects lined up, with notable directors. Mia was one of Variety magazine's Top Ten Actors to Watch in 2008. In 2011, her name appeared on Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people. She got an invitation to be a part of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She was also among a group of celebrities who starred in the New York Times produced series of short films named Touch of Evil, which was a tribute to villainy in cinema.
Mia is an avid photographer and often clicks the locations where she shoots her movies and the sets pf her movies as well. She was also one of the finalists in the 2011 National Photographic Portrait Prize hosted by Australia's National Portrait Gallery. In 2013, she started dating
, whom she appeared alongside in the movie
. Currently, she is based in Bronte, New South Wales. She is an absolute lover of cinema, and she states— “What I like about the film is it explores imperfections. That was something that attracted me.”