Anna Paquin, a Canadian-New Zealander actress. Paquin is a native of New Zealand, born in Wellington but was born and raised in Winnipeg began her acting career on screen in The Piano. At age 11, she became one of the youngest Academy Award winner ever for Best Actress. Anna Paquin is full Anna Helene Paquin born on the 24th July 1982 Winnipeg Manitoba Canada. Canadian actor and New Zealander who, as a kid won an Academy Award in 1993 for the best actor supporting. She played the feisty daughter of Holly Hunter's portrayer on the film The Piano. Anna Paquin, Holly Hunter and The Piano Holly Hunter as The Piano Paquin lived in New Zealand with her family as a child. In response to an audition Flora McGrath was cast as the daughter a Scottish piano player. Flora McGrath is the daughter of the mute Scottish musician who moved into New Zealand to marry in the 19th century. When she was in her teens, the actress moved to America. Paquin was played as the title child in Franco Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre in the year 1996. In addition, she played the lead part as a lead character in Fly Away Home, a film that was released in the same year. Paquin played Frankie Addams in a 1997 TV movie adaptation of Carson McCullers' novel The Member of the Wedding and had a minor role as the queen of Spain in Steven Spielberg's Amistad (1997). She played teens as teens in Hurlyburly (1998), She's All That (1998), A Walk on the Moon (1998) as well as Almost Famous (2000). She also portrayed the groupie Polexia Aphrodisa.