Jacki Weaver is an Oscar nominated Australian theater, film and television actress, who is well known worldwide for her talent and work, which spans over 50 years.
Weaver can next be seen starring in Nicolas Pesce's The Grudge, opposite Andrea Riseborough; Hernan Jimenez's Elsewhere, with Parker Posey and Beau Bridges; and James Franco's Zeroville. She is set to star in the independent feature Stage Mother, alongside Lucy Liu.
On the small screen, Weaver will next be seen as Lillian in the noir drama series "Perpetual Grace, LTD." The series follows Lillian and Pastor Byron Brown (Ben Kingsley), known as Pa and Ma, who use religion to bilk hundreds of innocent people out of their life savings. The series will premiere on EPIX on June 2nd.
Most recently, Weaver was seen in Netflix's Birdbox, opposite Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich. She also recently appeared in the Steve McQueen's thriller Widows, opposite Viola Davis, Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell; Maya Forbes' The Polka King, opposite Jack Black; as well as Stephanie Laing's romantic drama Irreplaceable You.
Weaver is best known for her performance in David Michôd's Animal Kingdom, for which she was nominated in 2011 for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Critics' Choice Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress. Subsequently, she also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, starring alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro.
Weaver's extensive film credits also include the futuristic love story Equals, directed by Drake Doremus, alongside Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult; Marjane Satrapi's The Voices, also starring Anna Kendrick and Ryan Reynolds; E.L Katz's Small Crimes; James Franco's The Disaster Artist; as well as Woody Allen's Magic in he Moonlight.
Weaver's film debut was 1971's Stork, for which she won her first Australian Film Institute Award. Other notable films include Peter Weir's critically acclaimed Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), which is considered to be one of Australia's greatest films, and Caddie (1976), for which she won her second Australian Film Institute Award. Later, Weaver made her Hollywood debut with Nicholas Stoller's comedy The Five-Year Engagement, alongside Emily Blunt and Jason Segel. She then went on to co-star in Park Chan-Wook's English language debut Stoker, also starring fellow Australians Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska.
Weaver was most recently seen in the Australian six-part sci-fi series "Bloom," opposite Phoebe Tonkin, Bryan Brown and Nikki Shields. "Bloom" takes place in an idyllic country town, a year after a devastating flood has killed five locals and a mysterious new plant appears with a phenomenal ability to restore youth. Additionally, Weaver recently appeared in the second season of the raucous television comedy "Blunt Talk," in which she starred alongside Patrick Stewart. Other recent television credits include Fox Showcase's mystery thriller "Secret City," as well as Fox Television's "Gracepoint," opposite David Tennant and Anna Gunn.
She has starred in more than 100 plays in Australian theatre, including iconic plays A Streetcar Named Desire, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Death of a Salesman and most recently, a Sydney stage production of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, alongside Cate Blanchett. The production received so much praise that the cast reprised their roles for a run at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and then again for the 2012 Lincoln Center Festival in New York City.