Kidman began her acting career in Australia with the 1983 film Bush Christmas. Her breakthrough came in 1989 with the thriller Dead Calm and the television miniseries Bangkok Hilton.
In 1990, she made her Hollywood debut in the racing film Days of Thunder, opposite Tom Cruise.
A regular at the Phillip Street Theatre, she received both encouragement and praise to pursue acting full-time.
In 1991, she co-starred with former classmate and friend Naomi Watts and Thandie Newton in the Australian independent film Flirting.Kidman and Watts portrayed two high school girls in this coming of age story, which won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film.She went on to achieve wide recognition with leading roles in the romantic drama Far and Away (1992), the superhero film Batman Forever (1995), the crime comedy-drama To Die For (1995), for which she won a Golden Globe Award, and the erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut (1999).She received two consecutive Academy Award for Best Actress nominations for playing a courtesan in the musical Moulin Rouge!Telling her story in close-up – as she does throughout the film – Kidman lets you see the calculation, the wheels turning, the transparent efforts to charm that succeed in charming all the same." Kidman next appeared in The Portrait of a Lady (1996), based on the novel of the same name, alongside Barbara Hershey, John Malkovich, and Mary-Louise Parker. In 1999, Kidman reunited with then husband, Tom Cruise, to portray a married couple in Eyes Wide Shut, the final film of director Stanley Kubrick.
The following year, she starred in the action-thriller The Peacemaker (1997) as White House nuclear expert Dr. The film was subject to censorship controversies due to the explicit nature of its sex scenes.Following a period of critical and commercial failures, Kidman earned a fourth Oscar nomination for playing a troubled mother in the biopic Lion (2016).She returned to television in 2017 with a highly acclaimed performance as a victim of domestic abuse in the HBO TV series Big Little Lies, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Limited Series as a producer.(2001) and for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in the drama film The Hours (2002); she won the award for the latter, and received Golden Globes for both films.Kidman continued to star in commercially successful films, including the horror-thriller The Others (2001) and the epic war drama film Cold Mountain (2003), as she achieved critical acclaim for roles in independent films, including the dramas Dogville (2003), Birth (2004), Rabbit Hole (2010), for which she received a third Best Actress Oscar nomination, and the thriller The Paperboy (2012).He became a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health of the United States.