Anna Paquin, a Canadian-New Zealander actor. She was born in Winnipeg and raised in Wellington Paquin began her acting debut portraying Flora McGrath in the romantic drama film The Piano for which she was awarded an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress aged 11 years old, making her the second-youngest winner to win an award within Oscar history. Anna Paquin spelled out Anna Helene Paquin was born in Winnipeg, Canada on July 24,1982. The Canadian born actress is also a New Zealander actress. In 1993, she was awarded an Academy Award at age 11 as the curious and chatty daughter of Holly Hunter who played the principal character. Anna Paquin and Holly Hunter in The Piano Anna Paquin and Holly Hunter in The Piano Paquin relocated with their families into New Zealand when she was a small child and she was raised in New Zealand. The part of Flora McGrath - the daughter of an Scottish muffled pianist from New Zealand at mid-19th Century - was won by her when she attended an audition for the role. At nine the actress had no experience acting. As a teenager she emigrated into the United States. Paquin played a minor role in the role of Jane Eyre's title character while she was a child in Franco Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre (1996) and she was a leading character in the movie Fly Away Home (1996). Paquin portrayed Frankie Addams as a child in the 1996 television film adaptation Carson McCullers novel The Member of the Wedding. Paquin played Queen of Spain in Steven Spielberg's 1997 film Amistad. She portrayed teenagers in Hurlyburly (1998), She's All That (2000) and A Walk on the Moon (2000). She portrayed the role of a groupie Polexia Aphrodisa in Almost Famous (2000).