New Zealand actress: Anna Paquin

New Zealander Anna Paquin has been extraordinarily successfully since her Academy Award-winning performance in Jane Campion's 'The Piano' (1993).

Canadian-born, New Zealand-raised Anna Paquin (born July 24, 1982) has been extraordinarily successfully since her Academy Award-winning performance in Jane Campion's The Piano (1993).

Anna Paquin was born in Winnipeg, Canada, but moved to New Zealand with her family when she was four. She grew up in the Hutt Valley, north of Wellington.

Paquin was the first New Zealand actor to win an Academy Award, and is one of the youngest ever Oscar winners. She was just 11-years-old when awarded best supporting actress for her role of Flora in The Piano.

While this early success brought Paquin immediate international fame, the young actress continued her schooling in the US before launching into a career that has included film, television and stage roles.

Anna Paquin, who now lives in Hollywood, won a Golden Globe award in 2009 for her role in the HBO television series True Blood.

Credits: The Piano (1993); Member of the Wedding (1996); Fly Away Home (1996); Jane Eyre (1996); Amistad (1997); A Walk On the Moon (1998); Hurlyburly (1998); She's All That (1999); All the Rage (1999); X-Men (2000); Almost Famous (2000); Finding Forrester (2000); Darkness (2001); Buffalo Soldiers (2001); X-Men II (2002).; X-Men III (2006);  X-Men: Days of Futures Past (2014)True Blood (2008 - present).