Got her start in acting after being noticed in a school play.
Won the coveted role of Violet in A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) after her agent gave her a pile of scripts for which to submit video auditions. She was phoned by the "Lemony Snicket" director Brad Silberling and asked to come to L.A. for an audition, which won her the part.
For her underwater scene in Ghost Ship (2002), she had to wear little weights so her dress wouldn't float up over her face.
Her parents' names are Shelley and Andrew.
Has two brothers; Nicholas (b. circa 1995) and Matthew (b. circa 1997).
She wanted to be a fashion designer when she was little, but she was "discovered" as an actress at age 8 in a school play.
She was scared she was going to get fired while filming A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), because she'd be laughing at Jim Carrey so much.
Says she learned an American accent from watching Sesame Street (1969) as a child.
She has a cat named Jasper and a dog named Roxy.
She needed to wear heels for her costume in A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) because Liam Aiken was much taller than she was.
Is featured briefly (archive footage from Ghost Ship (2002)) in the film Around the Bend (2004).
Took a three-year acting break, starting in 2005, to finish school in Australia. She will return in the remake of A Tale of Two Sisters (2004), with Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks and David Strathairn.
Was cast as "Babydoll" in Sucker Punch (2011), after Amanda Seyfried was forced to drop out due to scheduling problems.
Replaced Mia Wasikowska in Sleeping Beauty (2011).
Has her nose and belly button pierced.
Ranked #90 in the 2011 FHM (Australia) list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
In 2002, she won an AFI Young Actor's Award and in 2004 she represented them.
Per Stephenie Meyer's request, Browning was offered the part of "Bella" in Twilight (2008). She turned it down because she didn't want to be involved in a film franchise as it would distract her from her studies.
Ranked #28 in "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World" for 2010.
Ranked #4 in the 2011 Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces.
Even though she turned down the lead in Twilight (2008) she worked with the director and author of the film, later in her career. She worked with director on Catherine Hardwicke' on Plush (2013) and with Stephanie Meyer on The Host (2013), the adaptation of the novel that Meyer produced.
Music video: Appeared in the music video "Light Surrounding You" by Evermore. 
She had been considering quitting acting but says that working with Zack Snyder on ''Sucker Punch (2011)'' made her decide to continue.
She auditioned for title role in 'Carrie (2013)' and the role of Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games (2012)'.
For her role in 'Sucker Punch (2011)', she dyed her hair platinum blonde and did months of weight, combat and weapons training. She had to cut her hair very short afterwards as the dye left it badly damaged.