Leah Purcell

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Not to be confused with Lee Purcell.
Leah Purcell
Leah Purcell.jpg
Born (1970-08-14) 14 August 1970 (age 44)
Murgon, Queensland, Australia
Occupation Actress, film director
Website
www.leahpurcell.com

Leah Purcell (born 14 August 1970, Murgon, Queensland[1]) is an Indigenous Australian actress, director and writer. She is a Helpmann Award winner.

Biography[edit]

She is a film, television and theatre actress, singer, director and playwright. She is the youngest of seven children of Aboriginal and white Australian descent.[2] Her father was a butcher and a boxing trainer...[3] After a difficult adolescence, looking after her sick mother who died while Leah was in her late teens, problems with alcohol and teenage motherhood, Purcell left Murgon and moved to Brisbane and became involved with community theatre.[2]

In 1996 she moved to Sydney to become presenter on a music video cable television station, RED Music Channel.[4] This was followed by roles in the ABC television series Police Rescue and Fallen Angels.[5][6] She co-wrote and acted in a play called Box the Pony, which played at Sydney's Belvoir Street Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, the 1999 Edinburgh Festival and in 2000 at the Barbican Theatre in London.[7] She then wrote and directed the documentary Black Chicks Talking, which won a 2002 Inside Film award.[8] She appeared in the acclaimed Australian film Lantana starring Anthony LaPaglia and Geoffrey Rush and in the theatre in The Vagina Monologues.[9] She went on to feature in 2004 films Somersault, The Proposition (starring Guy Pearce and Emily Watson and written by Nick Cave) and Jindabyne (starring Gabriel Byrne) as well as playing the role of Condoleezza Rice in David Hare's play, Stuff Happens in Sydney and Melbourne.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 G.P. Lauren Episode: "Long Time Coming"
1996 Police Rescue Const. Tracey Davis 9
1997 Fallen Angels Sharon Walker 20
1998 Water Rats Sarah Lane Episode: "Let the Dead"
1999 Somewhere in the Darkness Lulu
2000-2001 BeastMaster The Black Apparition Recurring role (5 episodes)
2001 Lost World, TheThe Lost World Witch Doctor Episode: "The Visitor"
2001 Lantana Det. Claudia Wiss
2002 Bad Cop, Bad Cop Lorraine Simpson Episode: "Suit Yourself"
2004 Somersault Diane
2005 Proposition, TheThe Proposition Queenie
2006 Jindabyne Carmel
2007 Love My Way Caroline Syron Episodes: "I'm the King of the Castle", "Together Apart", "Say What You Mean"
2007 Starter Wife, TheThe Starter Wife Hannah Sprints TV miniseries
2008 McLeod's Daughters Terri Barker Episode: "Dammed"
2009 Tomorrow Laura Short film
2009 My Place Ellen Episode: "2008 Laura"
2012 Redfern Now Grace Episode: "Family"

Other[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Black Chicks Talking Director Documentary
2009 Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun Director Short film
2009 My Place Writer Episode: "2008 Laura"
2012 She Say Director / Writer Video short
2012 Redfern Now Director Episode: "Sweet Spot"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hall, Louise (13 August 2006), "My top 5 – Leah Purcell", The Sydney Morning Herald, retrieved 20 January 2010 
  2. ^ a b Verghis, Sharon (17 August 2005), "Direct line to Washington", The Age, retrieved 20 January 2010 
  3. ^ Grasswill, Helen (17 June 2002). "Queen Leah". Australian Story. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Artistic Director Bio: Leah Purcell". ACPA. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Keenan, Catherine (27 August 2002), "Blood sisters", The Sydney Morning Herald, retrieved 21 January 2010 
  6. ^ "Upstaging". Message Stick. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 5 March 2004. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Leah Purcell: profile". Claxton Speakers. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "IF Award Winners". Inside Film Awards. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Keenan, Catherine (21 February 2003), "Monologues shift focus to the body beautiful — and battered", The Sydney Morning Herald, retrieved 21 January 2010 
  10. ^ Verghis, Sharon (9 July 2005), "Channelling Condoleezza", The Sydney Morning Herald, retrieved 21 January 2010 

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