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Kate Beahan: An Action Packed Actress
by Nancy Simon

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Some may call it an Aussie Revolution, as there seem to be more and more Australian born actors, i.e., Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Heath Ledger, Rachel Griffiths, etc. making it big in Hollywood.

Possibly a new member to join that elite group of successful actors is the Femme Nikita of the Aussie set, Kate Beahan, the brazen-brunette actress with the Angelie-Jolie inspired lips who recently emerged into the mainstream sharing screen time with Jodie Foster in the sky-high action thriller, FLIGHTPLAN.

After ten years of adding a%!-kicking, sci-fi / horror flicks to her list of credits, with new found roles in mainstream Hollywood studio films, Beahan, who originally hails from Perth in West Australia, finally found an entry point into the American public conscientiousness. As Stephanie in FLIGHTPLAN-the flight attendant with a hidden agenda who throws audience-goers a curve ball when her true mission is revealed-she effectively captures both the elements of smugness and vulnerability. Perfectly matched against Jodie Foster's rising hysteria; Peter Sarsgaard's crisp coolness; and Sean Bean's disengaged authority, the statuesque actress is in her element as a duplicitous, abetting high-jacker.

Steadily working in her homeland for at least ten years prior to locking in FLIGHTPLAN; Beahan worked her way through a roster of down-under FX and mystical | fantasy television series and action-adventure flicks. Convincingly demonstrating her outer-worldly and feline fighting abilities with roles in such Australian films as: STRANGE PLANET (1999); A WRECK, A TANGLE (2000); and CHOPPER (2000), the story of the violent Aussie, Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read, who allegedly murdered 19 people, in which she portrayed the psychopath's (Eric Bana) prostitute girlfriend, Tanya, Beahan apparently mastered the art of playing second (sometimes even third) fiddle.

Pegged to become one of the next up and coming actresses to come out of Australia, Beahan has amassed fans and a Logie (Aussie equivalent of an Emmy) nomination for her sassy role in the TV series, LOVE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD (2001), and later, BLACKJACK (2003), featuring fellow Aussie Rachel Griffiths (Brenda on SIX FEET UNDER and Hilary du Pré in HILARY AND JACKIE). In addition to the aforementioned small screen successes, she also appeared in the feature film-CROCODILE HUNTER: COLLISION COURSE (2002), the story of the reptile hunter who mistakenly confuses CIA agents with poachers; as well as, the Wachowski Brothers' THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS (2003). On account of the filming taking place in Sydney, Australia, Beahan's transplanted hometown, she was able to land a role in the phenom trilogy, granted a minor part as a coat check attendant, it, nonetheless, provided her with her first true taste of international exposure.

Proceeding according to the unwritten blueprint for actors, Beahan after landing her first major role, got herself a big time Hollywood agent who, in turn, helped her get a part in a big-budget, Hollywood studio action film, i.e., FLIGHTPLAN.

And, for all intensive purposes, it seems as if Beahan's acting versatility (along with her agent's connectedness) has aided her in nailing down several forthcoming films including: an UNTITLED SUPERNATURAL THRILLER starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sam Shepard and the presently in-production, THE WICKER MAN, directed by Neil LaBute (NURSE BETTY, YOUR FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS, IN THE COMPANY OF MEN). The remake of a 1973 film about a police officer, (Nicolas Cage) conducting an investigation into a missing girl and a cult-like community, Leelee Sobieski and Ellen Burstyn also star.

Operating according to the motto she borrowed from the film, STRICTLY BALLROOM, "A life lived in fear is a life half lived," Beahan appears at the cusp of experiencing a rich career not only in her native continent, but all over the world from Sydney to Sacramento....

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Nancy Simon
A Chicago-based freelance writer and film enthusiast, Nancy has an insatiable curiousity and knack for picking out talented, promising individuals.

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