Nicole Mary Kidman AC (born 20 June 1967) is an Australian actress and producer. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, and the Silver Bear for Best Actress.
Kidman began her acting career in Australia with the 1983 film Bush Christmas. In the same year, she starred in BMX Bandits, also filmed in Australia. Her breakthrough came in 1989 with the thriller Dead Calm and the television miniseries Bangkok Hilton. In 1990, she made her Hollywood debut in the racing film Days of Thunder, opposite Tom Cruise. She went on to achieve wide recognition with leading roles in the romantic drama Far and Away (1992), the superhero film Batman Forever (1995), the crime comedy-drama To Die For (1995), for which she won a Golden Globe Award, and the erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut (1999). She received two consecutive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress for playing a courtesan in the musical Moulin Rouge! (2001) and the writer Virginia Woolf in the drama film The Hours (2002); she won the award for the latter, and received Golden Globes for both films.
Kidman continued to star in commercially successful films, including the horror-thriller The Others (2001) and the epic war drama film Cold Mountain (2003), and she achieved critical acclaim for roles in independent films, including the dramas Dogville (2003), Birth (2004), and Rabbit Hole (2010), for which she received a third Best Actress Oscar nomination, and the thriller The Paperboy (2012). Kidman earned a fourth Oscar nomination for playing a troubled mother in the biopic Lion (2016). She returned to television in 2017 with an acclaimed performance as a victim of domestic abuse in the HBO series Big Little Lies, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. In 2018, she received praise for her performances in the drama films Destroyer and Boy Erased and played Queen Atlanna in the superhero film Aquaman, which emerged as her highest grossing release.
Kidman has been a Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since 1994 and for UNIFEM since 2006. In 2006, Kidman was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia and was the highest-paid actress in the motion picture industry for that year. As a result of being born to Australian parents in Hawaii, Kidman has dual citizenship of Australia and the United States. Kidman founded and owns the production company Blossom Films. Following her divorce from actor Tom Cruise, Kidman has been married to singer Keith Urban since 2006.
In 2017, Kidman returned to television for Big Little Lies, a drama series based on Liane Moriarty’s novel, which premiered on HBO. She also served as producer alongside her co-star, Reese Witherspoon, and the show’s director, Jean-Marc Vallée. She played Celeste Wright, a former lawyer and housewife, who is concealing her abusive relationship with her husband, played by Alexander Skarsgård. Kidman garnered critical acclaim for her performance, with Matthew Jacobs of The Huffington Post stating that she “delivered a career-defining performance”. Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post wrote that “Kidman belongs in the pantheon of great actresses”. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her performance, as well as winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series as a producer. She also won a Golden Globe Critics Choice Award and SAG Award.
Kidman next played Martha Farnsworth, the headmistress of an all-girls school during the American Civil War in Sofia Coppola’s drama The Beguiled, an adaptation of the novel written by Thomas P. Cullinan, which premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, competing for the Palme d’Or. The film received positive reviews, as did Kidman’s performance, with Katie Walsh of Tribune News Service noting, “Nicole Kidman is particularly, unsurprisingly excellent in her performance as the steely Miss Martha. She is controlled and in control, unflappable. Her genteel manners and femininity co-exist easily with her toughness.” Kidman had two other films premiere at the festival, the science-fiction romantic comedy How to Talk to Girls at Parties, reuniting her with director John Cameron Mitchell, and the psychological thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, which also competed for the Palme d’Or. Also in 2017, Kidman played supporting roles in the television series Top of the Lake: China Girl and in the comedy-drama The Upside, a remake of the 2011 French comedy The Intouchables, starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.
Kidman starred in two 2018 dramas, the crime thriller Destroyer and the coming-of-age drama Boy Erased. In the former, she played a detective troubled by a case for two decades. Peter Debruge of Variety and Brooke Marine of W both found her “unrecognizable” in the role and Debruge added that “she disappears into an entirely new skin, rearranging her insides to fit the character’s tough hide”, whereas Marine highlighted Kidman’s method acting. The latter film is based on Garrard Conley’s Boy Erased: A Memoir, and features Russell Crowe and Kidman as socially conservative parents who send their son (played by Lucas Hedges) to a gay conversion program. Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair credited all three performers for “elevating the fairly standard-issue material to poignant highs.” Also that year, Kidman played Queen Atlanna, the mother of the title character, in the DC Extended Universe superhero film Aquaman.
She has finished filming her supporting role as Mrs. Barbour in John Crowley’s The Goldfinch, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Donna Tartt, starring Ansel Elgort. Kidman has filmed a second season of Big Little Lies, will star in another HBO miniseries, The Undoing, based on the novel You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz, and will portray Gretchen Carlson in Fair and Balanced, a drama about sexual harassment at Fox News.