Teresa Mary Palmer is an Australian actress and model who made her film debut in the suicide drama 2:37. She’s also a writer and producer. After making her film debut in director Murali K. Thalluri’s suicide drama 2:37, Aussie actress Teresa Palmer appeared in was seen in The Grudge 2 in 2006, the sequel to the 2004 American remake of Takashi Shimizu’s The Grudge. Palmer also can be seen alongside Daniel Radcliffe, of Harry Potter fame, in Rod Hardy’s December Boys and in the 2008 children’s fantasy Bedtime Stories. She appeared in the 2010 Nic Cage vehicle The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and in 2011, played number 6 in I Am Number Four, and appeared in the bomb Take Me Home Tonight. She starred in the 2013 film Warm Bodies (opposite Nicholas Hoult), as a young woman who falls in love with a zombie, and as Rebecca in the 2016 horror film Lights Out.
Teresa Palmer was born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Kevin Palmer, an investor, and Paula Sanders, a former missionary and nurse. Her parents divorced in 1989 when she was three. She has a stepmother, Kaaren Palmer, as well as two half-sisters and two stepbrothers, who lived with her father.
Teresa Palmer completed high school at Mercedes College in 2003, where she was a popular student who was well-known for her practical jokes. She worked in a Cotton On outlet in Rundle Mall until she was discovered and cast on the spot–without an audition–in her feature film debut and breakthrough role in 2:37 (2006).
After graduating from high school, Palmer got a call from her local-talent agent about appearing in a student film, 2:37. The director had seen her head shot on the acting agency’s website and wanted her to be in the movie. Palmer thought that she would work in an animal rescue service, and eventually open her own animal welfare agency. She was accepted into a university to study teaching and was taking a course on journalism, but had always dreamt of acting. Palmer dropped out of the university to work on the film.
Palmer had been an extra on Deck Dogz (2005), and other films shot in Adelaide. At the age of 18, she was cast by filmmaker Murali K. Thalluri in the independent Australian film 2:37. Palmer portrayed Melody in the film, a popular high school student who becomes suicidal after being impregnated by her brother. She was nominated for the 2006 Australian Film Institute Award for Best Lead Actress for her performance. She then signed with a talent agent in Sydney. A role in Wolf Creek (2005) followed, in a pool party scene.
Palmer has been one of the two number-one ticket holders, since 2009, of the Port Adelaide Football Club, along with Australian television presenter David Koch. She is also the number-one ticket holder for the Unley Mercedes Jets, a Division 1 Amateur team in the Adelaide Football League.
Palmer began dating actor/director Mark Webber in late 2012 after contacting him via Twitter. They became engaged in August 2013, and married on 21 December 2013 in Mexico. Their first child was born in February 2014. In May 2016, the couple announced that they were expecting their second child together. Their second son was born in December 2016. Through her marriage, Palmer is also a stepmother to Webber’s son from Webber’s previous relationship with actress Frankie Shaw. The family resides in the Beachwood Canyon community of Los Angeles. In November 2012, Palmer and friend Phoebe Tonkin launched the health and wellness website Your Zen Life.
- Name: Teresa Mary Palmer
- Other name: Teresa Palmer, Tez, Tezza
- Born: February 26, 1986
- Star Sign: Pisces
- Birth Place: Adelaide, South Australia
- Height: 5 feet 4½ inches
- Education: Mercedes College
- Profession: Actress, Model
- Citizenship: Australian
- Language: English
- Father: Kevin Palmer
- Mother: Paula Sanders
- Spouse: Mark Webber (21 December 2013 – present) ( 2 children)