Nicole Kidman is an Australian-American actress who was born in Hawaii in 1967 and moved to her parents' native Sydney, Australia three years later. In 1983, aged 16, Kidman dropped out of high school and made her film debut in the Australian holiday season favourite 'Bush Christmas'. This led to a number of television and film roles in Australia, including the lead in 'BMX Bandits' and 'Vietnam', for which she won her first AFI Award.
Kidman made her US debut in the thriller 'Dead Calm' in 1989 and the following year she came to worldwide recognition for her performance in the racetrack romance 'Days of Thunder' opposite Tom Cruise, whom she was later married to for 10 years. Kidman's other notable films included ‘To Die For’, ‘Batman Forever’ and ‘Eyes Wide Shut’.
In 2001 her performance in the musical ‘Moulin Rouge!’ earned her a Golden Globe Award and first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Her performance as Virginia Woolf in the 2002 drama film ‘The Hours’ received critical acclaim and earned Kidman the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2003, Kidman received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2006 was made a Companion of the Order of Australia. She remains one of the highest-paid actresses in the motion picture industry.