Miranda Otto was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on December 16, 1967. She was born to the Australian actor Barry Otto and Lindsay. Otto is an Australian actress who has worked mainly in film and who is best known for playing Éowyn role in both Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and its trilogy The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
During her childhood, Otto had ever taken ballet lessons before she enrolled at the prestigious NIDA Theatrical School and graduated in 1990. Willing to pursue her acting career, she decided to no longer continue her medical study. For the first time she stepped her feet on screen, Otto got her first film debut playing in Emma's War in 1986. She gained public recognition mainly for the 1991 film she played in, namely The Girl Who Came Late.
Since then Otto started to play in many critically acclaimed but little-seen films, 'till she caught Hollywood attention with small roles in major motion pictures, such as The Thin Red Line, a 1998 war movie which tells the story of United States forces during the Battle of Guadalcanal. What's more, Otto was also known by Hollywood public in Robert Zemeckis' 2000 motion picture, What Lies Beneath, tells the story of a housewife who finds her home somehow haunted. There she played along with Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Éowyn role Otto played in both Peter Jackson's famous films The Lord of the Rings I & II, indeed made her spent six-months on set learning sword fighting and horseback riding, as yet it made her became famous than ever. Currently, Otto is reported to settle in Australia with her husband, Peter O'Brien, with whom she marrried since January 1, 2003 and both of them are now longing for their first child.