AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama

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The Australian Film Institute Award for Best Lead Actress in Television Drama is awarded annually by the Australian Film Institute as part of the awards in television for excellence in acting in television drama by an actress.

The first Award was made in 1986. Prior to 1990, two awards existed and were called Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini Series and Best Lead Actress in a Telefeature. The awards were merged in 1990 to become Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Telefeature or Mini Series which in 1991 was renamed Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama. In 2000, the Awards were again awarded in two categories, called Best Performance by an Actress in a Telefeature or Mini Series and Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama. In 2002, the Awards were again combined under the title Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama and two years later, in 2004, the Award was named Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama or Comedy. A separate comedy Award was established in 2006, and this Award became Best Lead Actress in Television Drama.[1]

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini Series[edit]

Year Winner Mini Series Network Other nominees
1986 Deidre Rubenstein The Dunera Boys ABC TV
1987 Nicole Kidman Vietnam
1988 Anne Phelan Poor Man's Orange Ten Network
1989 Julia Blake Eden's Lost

Best Lead Actress in a Telefeature[edit]

Year Winner Telefeature Network Other nominees
1986 Candy Raymond Breaking Up
1987 Michele Fawdon The fish are safe
1988 Kerry McGuire Olive
1989 Pat Thomson Malpractice

Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Telefeature or Mini Series[edit]

Year Winner Telefeature or Mini Series Network Other nominees
1990 Rebecca Gibney Come in Spinner ABC TV

Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama[edit]

Year Winner Television Drama Episode Network Other nominees
1991 Sonia Todd Police Rescue "By the book" ABC TV
1992 Lisa Hensley Brides of Christ ABC TV
1993 Denise Roberts G.P. "Alone" ABC TV
1994 Monica Maughan The Damnation of Harvey McHugh "My brilliant chorea" ABC TV
1995 Jacqueline McKenzie Halifax f.p. "Lies of the mind" Nine Network
1996 Claudia Karvan G.P. "Sing me a lullaby" ABC TV
1997 Anne Looby Simone de Beauvoir's Babies Episode #3
1998 Rachael Blake Wildside Episode #20 ABC TV
1999 Jill Forster SeaChange "Manna from heaven" ABC TV
2000 Anne Phelan Something in the Air "We will remember them" ABC TV
2001 Kerry Armstrong SeaChange ABC TV
2002 Juliet Stevenson The Road from Coorain ABC TV
2003 Angie Milliken MDA ABC TV

Best Performance by an Actress in a Telefeature or Mini Series[edit]

Year Winner Telefeature or Mini Series Episode Network Other nominees
2000 Noni Hazlehurst Waiting at the Royal
2001 Angie Milliken My Brother Jack ABC TV

Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama or Comedy[edit]

Year Winner Television Drama or Comedy Episode Network Other nominees
2004 Bojana Novakovic Marking Time
2005 Claudia Karvan Love My Way FOX8

Best Lead Actress in Television Drama[edit]

Year Winner Television Drama Episode Network Other nominees[2][3][4]
2006 Susie Porter RAN SBS TV
2007 Claudia Karvan Love My Way Showtime
2008 Kat Stewart Underbelly Nine Network
2009 Susie Porter East West 101 SBS TV
2010 Catherine McClements Tangle Season 2 Showcase
2011 Sarah Snook Sisters of War ABC1
2012 Leah Purcell Redfern Now Episode 1: Family
2013 Claudia Karvan The Time of Our Lives

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Television categories 1986 - 2009". AFI Award Winners. Australian Film Institute. 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Nominees and Winners". L'Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards. Australian Film Institute. 2008. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  3. ^ "Nominees and Winners". 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards. Australian Film Institute. 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  4. ^ "Nominees". 2010 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards. Australian Film Institute. 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-21.