|Occupation||Children's author, artist, actor|
|Years active||Actor 1989 to 2005, Children's author 2006 to Present|
|Home town||Bendigo, Victoria|
Aaron Blabey (born 1974), an Australian author of children's books and artist who until the mid-2000s was also an actor. His award winning picture books include Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley and The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon. In the field of acting, he is probably best known for his lead roles in two television dramedies, 1994's The Damnation of Harvey McHugh, for which he won an Australian Film Institute Award, and 2003's CrashBurn, before retiring from performance in 2005.
He is an ambassador for The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, a national Australian charity protecting children from violence.
Blabey is from Bendigo, Australia.
He is married to the actress Kirstie Hutton, and the couple have two sons.
Blabey appeared in various television and film roles throughout the 1990s and 2000s and took part in several theatrical productions.
From the mid-2000s, Blabey turned his attention away from acting towards painting and created six separate solo exhibitions across Australia between 2004 and 2006.
Then in 2006, Blabey turned his focus entirely to the creation of children’s picture books. The first of these, Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, was published in July 2007. In 2008, the book received a Children's Book Council of Australia Award in the council's Early Childhood category. The book was also shortlisted for the CBCA's Crichton Award (given to new illustrators), The NSW Premier’s Literature Awards – The Patricia Wrightson Award, and the Children’s Peace Literature Prize. In 2008, the book was also included on the Notable Book list from the Smithsonian Institution.
His third book, Stanley Paste, was a CBCA Notable Book in the Picture Book category in 2010 as was The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon in 2012, which was also selected as a prestigious White Raven of 2012 by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon also won the Patricia Wrightson Award in 2013 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards and the 2013 Children's Peace Literature Award.
His fifth book, The Dreadful Fluff won the Best Designed Children's Cover of the Year by the Australian Publishers Association in 2013, which also saw the release of his critically acclaimed sixth title, Noah Dreary.
Blabey is releasing at least two new titles in 2014, the first being The Brothers Quibble, about sibling rivalry.
Blabey has also worked as a staff writer at a major advertising agency and spent two years as a lecturer at a prominent Sydney design college. Since 2009, he has also contributed monthly comic strips to the School Magazine, most recently the third season of Carpet & Loaf which he writes, illustrates and designs.
Honors and awards
- 1994, Australian Film Institute Award, Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama, The Damnation of Harvey McHugh, episode: "Spay Misty For Me."
- 2008, Children's Book of the Year Award: Early Childhood, Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley.
- 2012, White Ravens Award by the International Youth Library, The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon.
- 2012, National Literacy Ambassador.
- 2012, Ambassador for The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
- 2013, New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature, The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon.
- 2013, Best Designed Children's Cover of the Year by the Australian Publishers Association, The Dreadful Fluff.
- 2013, The Children's Peace Literature Award from the Australian Psychological Society - Psychologists For Peace, The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon.
List of works
Author and Illustrator
- Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, Penguin Books, Australia, 2007.
- Sunday Chutney, Penguin Books, Australia, 2008.
- Stanley Paste, Penguin Books, Australia, 2009.
- The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon, Penguin Books, Australia, 2011.
- The Dreadful Fluff, Penguin Books, Australia, 2012.
- Noah Dreary, Penguin Books, Australia, 2013.
|1994||The Man from Snowy River||Jimmy Wilks||Television episode|
|Halifax f.p||Tony Lobianco||Television episode|
|The Damnation of Harvey McHugh||Harvey McHugh||Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor In A Leading Role In A Television Drama|
|Blue Heelers||Robbie Davies||Television episode|
|Twisted Tales||Nick||Television episode|
|Mr Reliable||Bruce Morrison|
|1997||Fallen Angels||Jim Phelps||Television episode|
|Medivac||Danny Haywood||Television series|
|Wildside||Warren Beckett||Television series|
|Water Rats||Gary Travis||Television series|
|1998||Day of the Roses||Dr White|
|All Saints||Scott||Television episode|
|Water Rats||Doug Porter||Television series|
|2000||Stingers||Michael Callum||Nominated for Australian Film Institute Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role in a Television Drama Series|
|Grass Roots||Sandy Maxwell||Television episode|
|2003||CrashBurn||Ben Harfield||Television series|
|Through My Eyes: The Lindy Chamberlain Story||Kirkham|
|2005||MDA||Luke Rodman||Television series|
- Australian Television: Crashburn: profiles, accessed 25 November 2008
- Literacy and Numeracy Week 2012 | Aaron Blabey, accessed 10 August 2012
- Lateral Learning Speakers' Agency | Aaron Blabey, accessed 8 December 2011
- ABC 2002, Aaron Blabey: Behind Closed Doors: MAD, accessed 25 November 2008
- Aaron BLABEY in stock at Art Nomad, accessed 25 November 2008
- Penguin Group (Australia) - Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Blabey, Aaron, accessed 25 November 2008
- Penguin Books Australia - Aaron Blabey (Author), accessed 8 December 2011
- Penguin Group (Australia) - Sunday Chutney, accessed 25 November 2008
- Picture Book Notable Books 2010, accessed 8 December 2011
- 61st Annual Book Design Awards 2013, Australian Publishers Association, accessed 25 May 2013
- Australian Film Institute 2008, AFI AWARD WINNERS TELEVISION CATEGORIES 1986-2007, accessed 25 November 2008
- IMDb.com 2008, Aaron Blabey, accessed 25 November 2008