Emily Jane Browning is an Australian actress and model, who portrayed Violet Baudelaire in the film Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and also voiced Violet in its video game adaptation. She won the 2005 AFI International Award for Best Actress for her role in the film as Violet.


Browning was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Shelley and Andrew Browning.[1] She has two younger brothers, Nicholas and Matthew. Emily Browning's acting career began at the age of eight years old when she was noticed by a classmate's father at a school play and he recommended that she pursue acting as a profession.

A successful career in Australian film and television productions soon followed, including The Man Who Sued God, in which she played the daughter of Billy Connolly's character. She later co-starred again with Connolly in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, in which she played the role of Violet Baudelaire.

She stated interest in doing a sequel of the movie A Series of Unfortunate Events although if a sequel was made, she would most likely not be cast as she has grown out of the role.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Echo of Thunder Opal Ritchie
2001 The Man Who Sued God Rebecca Myers
2002 Ghost Ship Katie Harwood
2003 Darkness Falls Young Caitlin
2003 Ned Kelly Grace Kelly
2003 After the Deluge Maddy
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Violet Baudelaire
2006 Stranded Penny
2009 The Uninvited Anna
2011 Sucker Punch Babydoll
2011 Sleeping Beauty Lucy
2013 Magic Magic Sara
2013 The Host Wanda / Petals Open to the Moon Uncredited
2013 Summer in February Florence Carter Wood
2013 Plush Hayley
2014 God Help the Girl Eve
2014 Pompeii Cassia
2014 Years & Years: Take Shelter Short
2015 Legend Frances Shea
2016 Shangri-La Suite Karen Bird
2017 Golden Exits Naomi


Year Title Role Notes
1999 High Flyers Phoebe
2000 Thunderstone Clio
2001 Blonde Fleece
2000-2001 Something in the Air Alicia
2001 Halifax f.p. Christy O'Connor One Episode
2000-2002 Blue Heelers Hayley Fulton
2018-2019 The Affair Sierra
2017-2020 American Gods Laura Moon / Essie MacGowan

Awards and nominations for the film

Role Nominations Awards Won
Violet Baudelaire
  • 2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards: Best Young Actress
  • 2005 Young Artist Awards: Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress
  • 2005 Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actress


  • She was scared she was going to get fired during filming, because of laughing too frequently at co-star Jim Carrey.


Behind the Scenes


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