Abbie Cornish

Abbie Cornish

Born (1982-08-07) 7 August 1982
Lochinvar, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actress, rapper
Years active 1997–present
Relatives Isabelle Cornish (Sister)

Abbie Cornish (born 7 August 1982), also known by her rap name Dusk, is an Australian actress and rapper known for her film and television roles, particularly her award-winning lead performance in 2004's Somersault, and internationally for her role as Fanny Brawne in Bright Star and her appearance as Sweet Pea in Sucker Punch.

Personal life

Cornish was born in Lochinvar, New South Wales, as the second of five children of Shelley and Barry Cornish.[1] Her sister, Isabelle Cornish, is also an actress. She grew up on a 70-hectare (170-acre) farm before moving to Melbourne, Victoria. [2] Fascinated by independent and foreign films,[3] Cornish skipped Year 8 in high school.[4]

Having grown up with animals, she became a vegetarian at the age of 13. In 2006 she became an ambassador for Australian animal rights group Voiceless, The Animal Protection Institute and has since been an outspoken advocate for animal protection, taking interviews and supporting Voiceless through her attendance at various events. When Voiceless launched a national advertising campaign in 2012, she offered a heartfelt introduction to one of their commercials.[5]


Her career began at the age of 13, when she began taking jobs as a model after reaching the finals of a Dolly Magazine competition.[6] In 1999, Cornish was awarded the Australian Film Institute Young Actor's Award for her role in the ABC's television show Wildside and was offered her first role in a feature film, The Monkey's Mask.

In 2004, Cornish appeared in the award-winning short film Everything Goes with Hugo Weaving. She received the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress at the FCCA and IF Awards and Best Breakthrough Performance at the 2005 Miami International Film Festival for her role in Somersault. Cornish received critical acclaim for her role in Candy, opposite Heath Ledger.[6] She has also starred in A Good Year, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Kimberly Peirce's Stop-Loss. In April 2010, Cornish was cast in Limitless, the film adaptation of the novel The Dark Fields,[7] directed by Neil Burger and also starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro.[8][9]

Cornish narrated Zack Snyder's film Sucker Punch at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International.[10]

Cornish played the role of Wally in Madonna's film W.E., about Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.[3] She replaced Emily Blunt in the independent film The Girl. It premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2012. She starred alongside Woody Harrelson and Colin Farrell in Seven Psychopaths, released in 2012. Cornish co-starred in the 2014 RoboCop reboot. She played Clara Murphy, the wife of protagonist Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman).

In 2015, she played Agent Katherine Cowles in Solace, a mystery thriller film directed by Afonso Poyart with acting by Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.[11][12] The film was distributed by Relativity Media.

In 2016, she filmed The Girl Who Invented Kissing with Luke Wilson.[13][14]


Cornish has been rapping under the stage name Dusk since 2000. In 2014 she announced that she would be performing with American rapper Nas on his Australian tour.[15]

In early 2015 she released two tracks for free on SoundCloud "Evolve" ft. Jane Tyrrell and "Way Back Home".[16][17]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Monkey's Mask Mickey Norris
2003 Horseplay Becky Wodinski
2004 One Perfect Day Emma Matisse
2004 Somersault Heidi Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actress
Inside Film Award for Best Actress
Miami Film Festival: Breakthrough Award
2004 Everything Goes Brianie
2006 Candy Candy Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Inside Film Award for Best Actress
2006 A Good Year Christie Roberts
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age Bess Throckmorton
2008 Stop-Loss Michelle Overton
2009 Bright Star Fanny Brawne Nominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actress (Runner-up)
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (2nd Runner-up)
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress (Runner-up)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Otulissa Voice only
2011 Limitless Lindy
2011 Sucker Punch Sweet Pea
2011 W.E. Wally Winthrop
2012 The Girl Ashley
2012 Seven Psychopaths Kaya
2014 RoboCop Clara Murphy
2015 Solace Agent Katherine Cowles
2016 Lavender Jane
2016 Geostorm Agent Sarah Filming
2017 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Anne Filming
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Wildside Simone Summers Australian Film Institute: Young Actor's Award
1999 Close Contact Sara Boyack
2000 Water Rats Marie Marchand One episode
2001 Outriders Reggie McDowell 26 episodes
2001 Life Support Penne #1
2003 White Collar Blue Antonia McAlister
2003 Marking Time Tracey Nominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in Television Drama or Comedy
2014 Klondike Belinda Mulrooney Miniseries


  1. "Abbie Cornish Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  2. Mandell, Andrea (21 March 2011). "Abbie Cornish lives the fantasy". USA Today. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  3. 1 2 Ed Gibbs: Cornish defends fantasy film. The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 April 2011, retrieved 22 May 2011
  4. "Arresting Beauty". Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  5. "Voiceless, the animal protection institute".
  6. 1 2 Alexa Moses: Abbie's excellent adventure. The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 April 2006, retrieved 22 May 2011
  7. Barton, Steve (15 April 2010). "Abbie Cornish Next to Enter The Dark Fields". Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  8. Miska, Brad (15 April 2010). "Last Piece of Casting for Rogue's 'The Dark Fields'". Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  9. "What to Watch Monday". The New York Times. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  10. Barton, Steve (10 July 2010). "SD Comic-Con '10 – Schedule for Saturday (7/24)". Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  11. Kroll, Justin (11 April 2013). "Abbie Cornish Feels 'Solace' With Hopkins and Farrell (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  12. Debruge, Peter (1 October 2015). "Film Review: 'Solace'". Variety. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  13. McNary, Dave (8 July 2016). "Lionsgate UK in Talks to Distribute Jesse Metcalfe's 'The Ninth Passenger'". Variety. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  14. "Luke Wilson, Abbie Cornish to Star in 'The Girl Who Invented Kissing'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  15. Sams, Christine. "You're a rapper? Gorgeous Australian Abbie Cornish set to tour". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  16. "Dusksound". Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  17. "Abbie Cornish AKA MC Dusk releases second track Evolve". Daily Mail. Retrieved 10 July 2016.

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