Judy Davis stars as Joan McCallister in the USA Network Original Series "The Starter Wife."
Two-time Academy Award nominated actress Judy Davis trained for the stage at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney. Upon graduation, Davis drew wide acclaim for her mature portrayal of the defiant heroine in Gillian Armstrong's 1978 classic "My Brilliant Career." For her performance she received the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for Best Actress. In 1984, Davis received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her role as the enigmatic 'Adela Quested' in "A Passage To India," and again in 1992 for her performance as 'Sally' in Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives." Davis has worked with Allen several times, starring as 'Lucy' in "Deconstructing Harry," 'Robin Simon' in "Celebrity" and 'Vicki' in "Alice."
Davis's other film credits include: Clint Eastwood's "Absolute Power"; the Coen Brothers cult hit "Barton Fink"; "Naked Lunch," which was inspired by beat writer William S. Burroughs; "Impromptu," with Hugh Grant; Gillian Armstrong's "High Tide"; "Children Of The Revolution," opposite Sam Neill; the 1992 comedy "The Ref," with Kevin Spacey and Denis Leary; the D. H. Lawrence adaptation "Kangaroo"; the E. M. Forster adaptation "Where Angels Fear To Tread" and her Emmy-nominated performance in Showtime's "A Cooler Climate." Her most recent films include the Australian projects "The Man Who Sued God" and "Swimming Upstream."
Theatre credits include "Hedda Gabler" for the Sydney Theatre Company and "Insignificance" for London's Royal Court Theatre.
Television credits for Davis include her Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning performance in "Life With Judy Garland: Me And My Shadows" and "One Against The Wind." Additional TV roles include "Dash & Lily," for which she received an Emmy Award nomination, and "Serving In Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story," for which she received both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe nomination. Most recently, Davis starred as 'Sante Kimes' in "A Little Thing Called Murder," for which she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.