Anna was born in Melbourne in 1978 and moved to Sydney, but she spent her teen years on the Gold Coast. Since graduating from NIDA Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2001, Anna has performed on stage with the Bell Shakespeare Company. Her debut was being the lead female in the theatre production of The Credeaux Canvas
On television, her first appearance was in 2002 on Young Lions
, where she played opposite Alex Dimitratis and Alexandra Davis. Anna then moved to Adelaide for the film Travelling Light
. Then on 2003, she toured Australia on stage playing Ophelia in Hamlet
Anna then returned to Melbourne to play the role of Nikki on The Secret Life of Us
from 2004 to 2005 and guest on Nine's McLeod's Daughters
. After a couple of movie roles, she landed a recurring role in the BBC drama Mistresses
, playing a lesbian who has an affair.
In 2008, Anna broke into US television as she is cast as FBI agent Olivia Dunham opposite Joshua Jackson
in the FOX drama Fringe
. Early on, Anna is being heralded as show creator J.J. Abrams
' latest TV star discovery, the previous ones being Keri Russell
), Jennifer Garner
), and Evangeline Lilly
). As of May 2008, Anna has been vacationing in her hometown Benowa, Gold Coast and spending time with her mother.