This exposure soon led to more acting jobs, and before the end of the decade Barrett had appeared on numerous TV shows, including "Guys Like Us" and "Millennium." During this period, she also made her film debut with a featured part in the indie chiller Campfire Tales (1997).
After appearing in several more independent films, Barrett received a major career boost when director Robert Benton cast her in The Human Stain (2003). The young actress has since appeared in such big-budget Hollywood films as Ladder 49, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and the 2006 remake Poseidon.
This sequel to the hit movie Bridget Jones's Diary begins four weeks after the final events of the first film, with the formerly single Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) discovering that life with her new beau, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Jacinda Barrett co-stars as a beautiful attorney who makes Bridget nervous, with Hugh Grant reprising his role as selfish cad Daniel Cleaver.