Emily Jane Browning (born 7 December 1988) is an Australian award winning actress and model, probably best known for her role as Violet Baudelaire in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, for which she won the 2005 AFI International Award for Best Actress.
Browning has won an AFI Young Actor's Award in 2002 and was nominated for the same award in 1999 and 2003. She was also nominated for Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics' Choice Award for Best Young Performer and Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film, Leading Young Actress (both 2005).
Browning was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Shelley and Andrew Browning. She says she learned her American accent from the television show Sesame Street on the ABC. She has two younger brothers, Nicholas (7 years younger) and Matthew (9 years younger). She remains based in Melbourne and was taking a break from acting to complete her education at Eltham High School, where, in November 2006, she completed her Victorian Certificate of Education exams.
Browning's acting career began at the age of 8 years old when she was noticed by a classmate's father at a school play and he recommended that she pursue acting as a profession. Shortly afterwards, she won a role alongside Judy Davis in the Hallmark Television movie, The Echo of Thunder. A successful career in Australian film and television productions soon followed, including The Man Who Sued God, in which she played the daughter of Billy Connolly's character. She later co-starred again with Connolly in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, in which she played the role of Violet Baudelaire. She was scared she was going to get fired during filming, because of laughing too frequently at co-star Jim Carrey. Browning had a recurring role as Hayley Fulton on the popular television series Blue Heelers from 2000 until 2002 and played the character Alicia in five episodes of Something in the Air (2000-2001). She also played Katie Harwood in the 2002 horror film Ghost Ship; the same year she won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Young Actress, and was nominated the following year.
In 2006, Browning appeared in the music video for Evermore's "Light Surrounding You". In the making of video for the clip, the band stated, "...we suck as actors, so we decided to get Emily."
She attended the L'Oreal Fashion Festival as festival ambassador on 1 February 2007.
She has stated interest in doing a sequel of the movie Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events although if a sequel was made, she would most likely not be cast as she has grown out of the role. Emily's new upcoming film, The Uninvited (a remake of the Korean film A Tale of Two Sisters) is a thriller as she stars alongside Arielle Kebbel as she plays Anna which is due to hit screens on 30 January 2009.