Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play

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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.[1]

Cate Blanchett has the most wins in this category with four, for Hedda Gabler, Uncle Vanya, Gross und Klein (Big and Small) and The Maids.[2]

Winners and nominees[edit]

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.
Year Actor Production Character(s)
2001
(1st)
Caroline O'Connor Piaf Edith Piaf
Amanda Muggleton The Book Club Deborah
Robyn Nevin A Cheery Soul Miss Docker
Leah Purcell Box the Pony Leah/Steff
2002
(2nd)
Amanda Muggleton Master Class Maria Callas
Essie Davis The School for Scandal Lady Teazle
Kris McQuade Cloudstreet Dolly Pickle
Caroline O'Connor Bombshells Various[A]
2003
(3rd)
Rachel Griffiths Proof Catherine
Deborah Mailman The Seven Stages of Grieving Woman
Miranda Otto A Doll’s House Nora Helmer
Sigrid Thornton The Blue Room Various[B]
2004
(4th)
Maggie Smith Talking Heads – A Bed Among the Lentils Susan
Carol Burns A Conversation The Mother
Judy Davis Victory Bradshaw
Helen Morse Frozen Nancy
2005
(5th)
Cate Blanchett Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler
Julie Forsyth The Ham Funeral Alma Lusty
Deborah Mailman The Sapphires Cynthia Mcrae
Pamela Rabe Dinner Paige
2006
(6th)
Caroline O'Connor End of the Rainbow Judy Garland
Jennifer Flowers Doubt Sister Aloysius
Victoria Longley The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Stevie
Leah Purcell Stuff Happens Condoleezza Rice
2007
(7th)
Ursula Yovich Capricornia Capricornia
Elena Kalinina Uncle Vanya Sonia
Pamela Rabe Mother Courage and Her Children Mother Courage
Alison van Reeken The Carnivores Nill and Neka
2008
(8th)
Leah Purcell The Story of the Miracles at Cookie's Table Annie
Kate Dickie Aalst Cathy Delaney
Catherine McClements Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Martha
Genevieve Picot Rock 'n' Roll Eleanor/Esme
2009
(9th)
Robyn Nevin Women of Troy Hecuba
Alison Bell Blackbird Una
Cate Blanchett War of the Roses Richard II
Pamela Rabe War of the Roses Richard III
2010
(10th)
Julie Forsyth Happy Days Winnie
Kathryn Hunter Kafka's Monkey Ape
Jane Menelaus August: Osage County Barbara Fordham
Robyn Nevin August: Osage County Violet Weston
2011
(11th)
Cate Blanchett Uncle Vanya Yelena
Robin McLeavy Measure for Measure Isabella
Robyn Nevin Long Day's Journey into Night Mary Cavan Tyrone
Ursula Yovich Waltzing the Wilarra Elsa
2012
(12th)
Cate Blanchett Gross und Klein (Big and Small) Lotte
Robyn Nevin Neighbourhood Watch Ana
Bernadette Robinson Songs For Nobodies Various
Helen Thomson Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Pearl
2013
(13th)
Alison Bell Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler Tesman
Alison Bell Constellations Marianne
Helen Thomson Mrs. Warren's Profession Mrs Kitty Warren
Christen O'Leary End of the Rainbow Judy Garland
2014
(14th)
Cate Blanchett The Maids Claire
Zahra Newman The Mountaintop Camae
Alison Whye The Bloody Chamber
Ursula Yovich Mother Courage and her Children Mother Courage

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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.[4]
B^ : In The Blue Room, Sigrid Thornton portrayed the female characters: Irene, Marie, Emma, Kelly and the Actress.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Helpmann Awards - About". Helpmann Awards (Live Performance Australia (LPA)). Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Nominees". Helpmann Awards (Live Performance Australia). Retrieved 2011-010-03. 
  3. ^ "Pandora Archive 2001 Helpmann Awards Nominees". Australian Entertainment Industry Association (AEIA). Pandora Archive. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sydney Arts Guide - Bombshells". Sydney Arts Guide. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sigrid Thornton - The Blue Room". SigridThornton.com. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 

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