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Birth Name: Mia Wasikowska
Birthday: October 14, 1989
Height: 5′ 4″ (1,63 m)

Mia is an Australian actress, born and raised in the country’s capital, Canberra. She is the daughter of photographers Marzena Wasikowska and John Reid. Her mother is Polish and her father is an Australian of British ancestry. She has an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai. At age eight, her family moved to Poland for a year.

At age nine, Mia took ballet classes with dreams of becoming a professional ballerina. However, an injury prevented this from happening and she quit at age fourteen. Mia turned to acting, having been excited by European and Australian cinema. She was attending Canberra High School, but left to pursue her career as an actor.

She had just turned 15 when she landed the role of Lilya in Suburban Mayhem (2006). Her breakthrough role came when she was cast as Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010).

Trivia

Studied ballet while growing up.

One of Variety magazine’s Top Ten Actors to watch (2008).

Last name pronounced “vash-i-kovska”.

Completed school via the Karabar High School Distance Education Centre, a form of correspondence school based in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia, just outside of Canberra, so that she could continue acting while still in High School.

Has an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai.

Tied with Alice in Wonderland (2010) co-star Johnny Depp as the second highest-grossing actor of 2010, behind Leonardo DiCaprio.

Good friends with Jamie Bell.

Her father, John Reid, is Australian-born, and has British Isles ancestry. Her mother, Marzena Wasikowska, is Polish.
Resides in Sydney, Australia.

Mia stated on Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014) that her real birthday is not October 14, 1989, as shown all over the Internet. It is her “fake” birthday and when people contact her on this date, she knows that they do not know her.

Worked alongside several animals on the set of Tracks (2013). She had to handpick one snake, among a selection of seven, that she wanted to share scenes with. Also, she was given three days in a “camel boot camp”, where one of the instructors was Robyn Davidson herself, the woman she portrays in the film.

According to Nicole Kidman, Wasikowska was always reading between takes on the set of Stoker (2013), including the works of Anton Chekhov, David Mamet and Tennessee Williams.

Was originally cast in both Sils Maria (2014) and Carol (2015).

Director Chan-wook Park, her director of Stoker (2013), first noticed her when he saw her in the zombie short film I Love Sarah Jane (2008).

Replaced Emma Stone in Crimson Peak (2015).