Asher Keddie

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Asher Keddie
Asher Keddie, 2012.jpg
Asher Keddie in May 2012
Born (1974-07-31) 31 July 1974 (age 40)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Jay Bowen (m. 2007–12)
Vincent Fantauzzo (m. 2014)

Asher Keddie (born 31 July 1974) is a multi-award winning Australian actress. Beginning her career in the television series Five Mile Creek in the mid 1980s, Keddie received wide recognition for her role in the critically acclaimed series Offspring. Her significant repertoire in television has led to her being dubbed as the 'Golden Girl of Australian Television'.[1] Aside from television and film work, she has several theatre credits, most notably in the Melbourne Theatre Company production of Les Liaisons dangereuses as Madame de Tourvel.

As of 2014, she has taken out the 'Silver Logie Award for Most Popular Actress' four times in a row. Keddie won the 2013 Gold Logie award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television, for her role as Dr Nina Proudman in the Network Ten drama Offspring. She was considered "third time lucky" after previously being nominated twice for the Gold Logie. Keddie has a total of 6 Logie Awards as of April 2014.

Early life[edit]

Keddie is the daughter of Robi and James Keddie, both school teachers.[2] As a child, she took dancing lessons for nine years and at age fourteen, she dislocated her knee prior to an audition at the Australian Ballet School. Despite her initial misfortune, she landed an acting gig in a dance wear ad while at ballet school and subsequently landed an agent.[3] Keddie completed her secondary education at St Michael's Grammar School, St Kilda.

Entertainment career[edit]

Television and film career[edit]

Keddie had guest roles early in her career in various television dramas, including her first roles in Five Mile Creek (1985), Fortress (1986) and Janus (1994). She played the role of Marriane Sheridan in Blue Heelers (episode 107, season 4 part one) airing on 18 June 1996 and Good Guys, Bad Guys (1997). From 1997 to 1998, she came to the attention of senior network television producers, appearing in State Coroner. Following this, she had a recurring role in Stingers from 2000 to 2004.

Keddie's big break came in 2004, where she had a leading role in Love My Way, a drama series airing on Foxtel. The series ended in late 2007. This role led to Keddie being nominated for various awards for playing the part of Julia Jackson, a woman who struggles to cope with her own identity in the midst of family tragedy. Keddie's award win came at the end of Love My Way's third series in 2006.

In 2009, Keddie appeared in three different roles. She portrayed police officer Liz Cruickshank in the television drama Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities and journalist Jacinta Burns, in the TV series Rush, as well as Dr Carol Frost in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

In 2010, Keddie depicted author Blanche d'Alpuget in Hawke, a telemovie about the premiership of Bob Hawke (the Prime Minister of Australia, 1983–91). She also became the star of the drama series Offspring, which began airing in August 2010. In April 2011, she had the leading role of Ita Buttrose in ABC1's telemovie Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, the story of Buttrose’s rise to success as the editor of Cleo magazine.

Stage[edit]

Making her theatre debut for the Melbourne Theatre Company in 1998 in Patrick Marber’s Closer, Keddie went on to appear in Cyrano de Bergarac, Les Liaisons dangereuses, Birthrights, Great Expectations, The Seagull and Hannie Rayson’s Life After George. Her performances in the 2005 Melbourne Theatre Company production of Les Liaisons dangereuses, and the Playbox’s The Ishmael Club, both earned her highly respected Green Room Award nominations.[4]

In 2007 Keddie starred alongside Jay Bowen in the Melbourne Theatre Company's play The Glass Soldier written by Hannie Rayson.[5]

Personal[edit]

She married actor and musician Jay Bowen in January 2007.[6] The pair separated in December 2011.[6] In April, 2014, she married artist Vincent Fantauzzo.[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Work
2005 Logie Award Most Outstanding Actress[8] Nominated Love My Way
ASTRA Award Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female Nominated
2006 Australian Film Institute Awards Best Lead Actress in Television Drama[8] Nominated
Logie Award Most Outstanding Actress[8] Nominated
ASTRA Award Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female Nominated
2007 ASTRA Award Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female Won
Logie Award Most Outstanding Actress Nominated
2008 Logie Award Most Outstanding Actress Nominated
ASTRA Award Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female Nominated
2009 Australian Film Institute Awards Best Lead Actress in Television Drama Nominated Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities
2010 Logie Award Most Outstanding Actress Nominated
Australian Film Institute Awards Best Supporting Actress in Television Drama Nominated Hawke
2011 Gold Logie Nominated Offspring and Hawke
Logie Award Most Popular Actress Won Offspring
Logie Award Most Outstanding Actress Nominated
Equity Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (Shared with castmates) Nominated
2012 Equity Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (Shared with castmates) Nominated
Equity Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Mini Series or Telemovie (Shared with castmates) Nominated Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo
AACTA Awards Audience Award for Best Performance Won
AACTA Awards Best Lead Actress in Television Drama Nominated
Logie Award Most Outstanding Actress Nominated
Gold Logie Most Popular Personality on Australian Television Nominated Offspring and Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo
Logie Award Most Popular Actress Won
2013 Gold Logie Won Offspring
Logie Award Most Popular Actress Won
Equity Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (Shared with castmates) Nominated
2014 Logie Award Most Popular Actress Won Offspring
Logie Award Most Outstanding Actress Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Asher Keddie is Australian TV's Golden Girl". The Queensland Times. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "The rise of Asher Keddie". The Australian. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Keddie. We can't get enough". Mamamia. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Offspring". Network Ten. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rising star Asher Keddie". Herald Sun. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Asher's brush with love again". Herald Sun. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Asher Keddie marries Vincent Fantauzzo in Fiji". Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "Asher Keddie (Liz Cruickshank)". Ninemsn. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 

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