Mary Rose Byrne is an Australian actress. She was born in Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Her date of birth or birthday is on 24 July 1979. Her films include 28 Weeks Later, Sunshine, Knowing, Marie Antoinette and Get Him to the Greek. She plays the main supporting protagonist as Ellen Parsons in the U.S. television series Damages.
Byrne was cast in her first film role, Dallas Doll, when she was 13 years old. She has appeared in several Australian television shows including Heartbreak High and Echo Point, and the film Two Hands with Heath Ledger. She appeared in The Date, My Mother Frank, and Clara Law’s The Goddess of 1967 for which she was award the Volpi Cup for “Best Actress” at the 2000 Venice Film Festival.
Byrne was in a relationship with Australian writer, director and actor Brendan Cowell for over six years. For much of the time their relationship was maintained at long-distance, with work commitments meaning they were often on separate continents. Cowell moved from Sydney to New York City, following Byrne’s success on Damages. The relationship ended in January 2010.