Anna Paquin has been an actress across Canada as well as New Zealand for over a decade. Paquin is a native of Winnipeg was raised in Wellington and made her debut in the role of Flora McGrath when she played the character in The Piano. She won an Academy Award at the age of 11 years old for Best Actress Supporting Actress. Anna Paquin full name Anna Helene Paquin was born on July 24 the 24th of July, 1982 in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada. Canadian-born New Zealand actor who won the Academy Award as a youngster in the category of Best Supporting actress for portraying the bright and curious girl who played Holly Hunter's leading part in The Piano. Anna Paquin with Holly Hunter, The Piano Holly Hunter (left) and Anna Paquin. Paquin was born in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada. She moved to New Zealand as a young child. When she responded to a request to auditions open at age nine, and with little acting experience before that the actress was chosen for Flora McGrath's role. Flora is the daughter of the Scottish musician who was blind. The couple relocated to New Zealand during the middle of the nineteenth century in an effort to arrange a marriage. In her teens, Paquin relocated to America. Paquin was Jane Eyre's title character as an teen in Franco Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre (2000) and the lead role in Fly Away Home (2000). Paquin had a small role in the television movie of 1997 adaption of Carson McCullers' novel The Member of the Wedding. The actress also played the Queen of Spain in Steven Spielberg's Amistad (2007). She played teens on the screen in Hurlyburly (1998), She's All That (1998), A Walk on the Moon (1998) and Almost Famous (2000). She also portrayed the groupie Polexia Aphrodisa.