The Australian actress was born on December 16, 1967 in Brisbane, but spent a large part of her youth in Newcastle, and after her parents’ divorce, also in Hong Kong. Her father, also appearing on the big screen, infected her with love for acting. Already as a child, she and her friends were involved in writing amateur scripts and designing costumes, but Miranda Otto’s greatest dream was the career of a ballerina. Unfortunately, it quickly turned out that he had to abandon his plans due to scoliosis in the spine. So she became fully involved in acting and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, which was also attended by stars such as Mel Gibson and Hugo Weaving.
The actress made her film debut in the drama about World War II, entitled Emma’s War . After graduation, she was involved in the production of The Girl Who Came Late. Nell Tiscowitz played there, which attracted more attention from filmmakers in Australia. It also resulted in the Australian Film Institute’s first nomination for Best Actress. She got the next one after participating in another film, The Last Days of Chez Nous. Here she played the role of Annie, for which she was nominated in the category “Best Supporting Actress”. Soon after, a professional crisis began to hit her. After she was rejected from audition for roles the actress cared for, she holed up at her family home in Newcastle and started painting. She spent almost a year there to return to acting in 1996, starring in the movie Love Serenade. Otto then played Dimity Hurley – one of the sisters competing for the attention of the famous DJ. Among fantasy fans, however, she is best known for her role as Éowina, the brave warrior of Rohan in the Lord of the Rings trilogy . She also appeared in the film The War of the Worlds as Mary Ann and the TV series Locke & Key as Nina Locke. In 2014, she performed inMe, Frankenstein as Leonore, and two years later, she played Rebecca Ingram on the TV series 24: Legacy. She also appeared in the film Annabelle: The Birth of Evil , as Esther Mullins. In 2018, she was involved in one of the most popular Netflix productions – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina . In the series, she appeared as Aunt Zelda, a strict and resolute witch who quickly appealed to fans.