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Emmy Rossum stars in "Shameless" on Showtime as Fiona, who is in the difficult position of being the oldest Gallagher child, so most of the responsibility and child-rearing falls on her young shoulders.

Emmy Rossum began her theatrical career at the age of seven when she was chosen to join the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center as a member of the Children's Chorus. She studied classical vocal technique and stagecraft there while performing in over twenty different operas in five languages.

Rossum made her television debut in 1999 as a recurring character in the long-running daytime drama "As the World Turns." Her other television credits include guest starring appearances on "Law & Order" and "The Practice," and in the telefilms "Genius," "Grace and Glorie," and "The Audrey Hepburn Story," for which she received considerable critical acclaim.

Rossum made her first feature film when she was 13, playing an Appalachian orphan in "Songcatcher." The movie won the Special Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000 and her performance earned Rossum an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Debut Performance.

Director Clint Eastwood cast her as Sean Penn's daughter in the 2003 film "Mystic River." The following year, Rossum starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Roland Emmerich's box office hit "The Day After Tomorrow."

She is perhaps best known for her performance as Christine in director Joel Schumacher's feature film adaptation of the stage phenomenon "The Phantom of the Opera." The musical's creator, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, personally selected Rossum, who was only 16 at the time, to star as the opera singer who becomes the object of the Phantom's obsession. Her performance earned Rossum a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy in 2004, the National Board of Review's award for Best Female Breakthrough Performance of 2004 and the Broadcast Film Critics' Association Award for Best Young Actress of 2004.

In film, Rossum last starred as Alexa in the indie-drama "Dare," starring opposite actor Zach Gilford. The film premiered in official competition at this year's Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically in November 2009. Rossum also recently starred as Bulma in 20th Century Fox's "Dragonball Evolution" (2009) and as Jennifer Ramsey in Wolfgang Peterson's "Poseidon" (2006).

In 2007, Rossum recorded her first album for Geffen records, "Inside Out," which showcased her classically trained voice as the primary instrument. She wrote and recorded all her own songs. She is currently working on her second album.

Rossum is the Youth Ambassador for the international organization Youth AIDS, which works to educate young people in sixty countries on the prevention and treatment of AIDS. Rossum travels internationally raising awareness of the pandemic by speaking at schools, universities and government forums.

Rossum was born in New York City in 1986 and attended the Spence School until 1996. She earned her high school degree through Stanford University's Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) and Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development (CTD).




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EMMY ROSSUM: FACTS

How tall is Emmy Rossum? How old is Emmy Rossum? Find out here.

Age: 28 years old
Birthday: September 12, 1986
Height: 5' 8"
Nickname: Em
Emmy Grey
Full Name / Real Name: Emmanuelle Grey Rossum
Birthplace: New York, NY
Husband: Justin Siegel (2/17/2008, filed for divorce)





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