Frances claims that she developed her American accent by watching Grover on Sesame Street.
Frances was nominated for an AFI Film Award for her role in Artificial Intelligence: AI. The category was AFI Featured Actor of the Year - Female - Movies.
Frances' favorite author is Emily Bronte.
Frances' first role was when she was four years old. She played the Virgin Mary. The role was given to whoever sat up the straightest.
Frances is an aspiring writer. She has written short stories and screenplays that she wants to persevere with at some point.
Frances gave birth to her first child, Luka, in April 2005.
Frances has been in a long-term relationship with Gerald Lepkowski.
Frances was raised in a strict Roman Catholic family and attended a convent school.
Frances was raised in Perth, Australia, but now considers Melbourne her home.
Frances earned a BA in literature from Curtin University in Western Australia.
Frances' father is a nuclear physicist, and her mother is a pianist.
Frances measures 1.74m (5'8 1/2).
Frances' parents moved to Australia when she was two years old.
Frances: There's still so many double standards in the workplace for men and women like equal pay that are being skated over. [Today's] women are so busy getting on with things that they don't actually take the time to think, This is what we need to do.
Frances: I do much prefer being an actor rather than going through the whole celebrity thing. I think going that way can take the focus off your acting which I think that can be a bit dangerous.
(When asked what types of roles she liked to play)
Frances: The thing about the classics it that they are such great characters, they have a great deal of depth and different layers to them. I always find that very stimulating to play.
Frances: I am really glad I was raised Catholic. I like the fundamental aspects of that religion. I think they give you great grounding in terms of having a moral code. But I do not subscribe to any religion specifically now.
Frances: I was quietly rebellious. My parents thought I was very good but secretly I did things like saying I was staying in one place and going somewhere else instead. My older sister was openly rebellious and would tell my parents where to go, but I never did that.
Frances: I think I am more the musician. I am more creative - although I do think there is something scientific about the way I break down a script. But I don't reckon I inherited that from my father. I wasn't tempted to go into academia for a second.
(Referring to Perth, her hometown)
Frances: The people are really beautiful there; they are so open. It is a smaller town, so people have more time to talk. London is so big you can feel a little lost at times. I still spend time in Australia but because I work here a lot, and as my boyfriend is based here, I am too.
(Referring to Steven Spielberg)
Frances: His work's phenomenal, you know…he's a genius and you're aware of that when you're with him. Just the ideas he has and the way he perceives things . . . he's got a big brain, I think, and obviously he also has a big heart.
(When asked why Australian actors are doing so well internationally)
Frances: I think we've got a similar kind of simpatico to Americans, so there must be some connection there, but it's got a slightly different kind of twist on it though. I don't know what it is. I think there's a kind of honesty that comes through Australian acting maybe which Americans have that too.
(Referring to Jane Austen, the author of Mansfield Park)
Frances: I read it when I was like 18, and I hated it. I actually didn't like Jane Austen. I was more into the Brontes. They were so wild and passionate. I thought there was something a bit tame about Austen.
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