Anna Paquin was born in Winnipeg and raised in the city of Wellington. She began her acting career as Flora McGrath in the romantic drama film called The Piano. Paquin was born in 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 on the 24th of July in 1982 in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada. Canadian-born New Zealand actor who won the Academy Award as a youngster as Best Supporting Actress acting as the talkative and inquisitive daughter of Holly Hunter's main role as Holly Hunter in The Piano. Anna Paquin in The Piano Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin in The Piano Paquin grew up in New Zealand after moving with her parents when she was a young child. After she responded to an open request for auditions, she won the role as Flora McGrath, the daughter of a deaf Scottish piano player who moved to New Zealand in mid-19th-century to get married. The actress was just nineteen and did not have any prior experience in acting. She moved from New Zealand to United States as a teen. Paquin was the child title in Franco Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre in 1996. Also, she was the lead role on the screen in Fly Away Home, a film from the same year. Paquin appeared as Frankie Addams in a 1997 television film adaptation of the novel written by Carson McCullers The Member of the Wedding and played the role as the queen of Spain in Steven Spielberg's Amistad (1997). The actress played teens in the films of Hurlyburly (1998), She's All That (2000), A Walk on the Moon (2000) and played Polexia Aphrodisa girl in Almost Famous (2000).