The Black Balloon had its world premiere at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival in Germany in February 2008, where it received a Crystal Bear as the best feature-length film in the Generation 14plus category.In the summer of 2009, she took classes at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York.
In October 2007 Ward appeared on the cover of the very first issue of Vogue India, centered between Bollywood actresses Bipasha Basu and Priyanka Chopra shot by photographer Patrick Demarchelier (who also photographed her in Vogue China) and it became the second time Ward has appeared on an inaugural issue.
I had come straight from my auntie and uncle's farm, and I was wearing this big gray barn jacket with mud all over it.
When the scout came up to me, I said, 'No, thank you.' They forged my mum's signature [for mandatory parental consent], and pushed me in front of the cameras.
Vogue Paris would later declare her as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.
Ward's first major acting appearance was in the 2007 Australian film The Black Balloon, and she has since also appeared in the film The Strangers (2008) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).