The Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play is an award presented by Live Performance Australia (LPA) (the trade name for the Australian Entertainment Industry Association (AEIA)), an employers' organisation which serves as the peak body in the live entertainment and performing arts industries in Australia. The accolade is handed out at the annual Helpmann Awards, which celebrates achievements in musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre.
Cate Blanchett has won the award the most times with three wins for Hedda Gabler, Uncle Vanya and Gross und Klein (Big and Small).
Winners and nominees
In the following list winners are listed first and marked in gold, in boldface, and the nominees are listed below with no highlight.
Winners are listed first and marked in a separate colour, in boldface.
- A^ : Caroline O'Connor played six characters in the play Bombshells: Meryl Davenport, Tiggy Entwhistle, Mary O’Donnell, Theresa McTerry, Winsome Webster and Zoe Struthers.
- B^ : In The Blue Room, Sigrid Thornton portrayed the female characters: Irene, Marie, Emma, Kelly and the Actress.