Gemma Ward

Active - 2008 - 2013  |   Born - Nov 3, 1987   |   Genres - Drama, Horror

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With distinctive, China doll-like features that gave her a thoroughly unique countenance, Australian model-cum-actress Gemma Ward carved out a niche for herself as one of the world's most unique and successful supermodels. A native of Perth (on Australia's western seaboard), Ward grew up in the obscurity of an average Aussie family, as the "tomboy" daughter of a physician and nurse, and only harbored dreams of movie stardom. At the age of 15, however, friends coaxed her into entering a local modeling competition (allegedly forging her mother's signature); though she didn't win the initial contest, an agent from Manhattan-based IMG spotted her, whisked her off to New York, and turned her into a global sensation on fashion runways and in magazine glossies.

Ward's career imparted her with a multimillion-dollar fortune well before her 20th birthday and made her face an iconic one, so it was perhaps inevitable (and unsurprising) that she then made the leap from the catwalk into feature films. She took one of her first bows with a lead in the 2007 Aussie feature The Black Balloon (as the newfound girlfriend of a teenager who is struggling to care for his mentally ill brother). She then undertook a dramatic change of pace as one of three masked criminals who invade a home and terrorize a family in Bryan Bertino's thriller The Strangers.

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Factsheet

  • Discovered in 2002, while accompanying friends trying out for the modelling competition Search for a Supermodel.
  • At 16, was the youngest model to be featured on American Vogue's cover of its nine Models of the Moment.
  • Made feature-film debut in 2001's Pink Pyjamas.
  • Appeared in the video for John Mayer's single Daughters in 2004.
  • In 2005, replaced Kate Moss as the face of Calvin Klein’s Obsession Night perfume.
  • Ranked by Forbes as 10th in the list of the World's 15 Top-Earning Supermodels in July 2007.
  • Stopped modelling after the death of then-boyfriend Heath Ledger in 2008.
  • Made her stage debut in Perth Theatre Company's 2011 production of The Ugly One.
  • In 2013, was said to be staging a return to modelling after signing with IMG Models Australia.