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Anna McGahan at the Call Me Fitz - FX Event At Swifts, Darling Point, Sydney, Feb 2012
|Alma mater||QUT and AFTRS|
|Underbelly: Razor Anzac Girls|
She is best known for playing the roles of Nellie Cameron in the Australian television series, Underbelly: Razor (2011), Lucy in House Husbands (2012-2014), and Rose Anderson in The Doctor Blake Mysteries (2015-2018).
She received the Queensland Young Playwright’s Award in 2008 and 2009, and was short-listed for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award in 2010, for her play ‘He’s Seeing Other People Now’. She co-wrote the immersive theatre piece ‘The People of the Sun’ with Joel McKerrow, which toured Melbourne and Sydney in 2016 and 2017.
In 2016, she was short-listed for The Saturday Paper’s national essay award, ‘The Horne Prize’.
McGahan has appeared in Australian film, television and theatre. Her most notable appearance to date is starring as Nellie Cameron in the hit Australian TV series Underbelly: Razor, in which she plays a 16-year-old 1920s prostitute from a wealthy background who influenced some of the era's most powerful men, for which she won the Inside Film 'Out of the Box' Award and was nominated for two Logies. In 2012 she received a 'Best Emerging Artist' Matilda Award for her performance in La Boite Theatre Company's Julius Caesar.
McGahan recently[when?] finished filming the Australian feature film 100 Bloody Acres, which premiered in August, 2012 and is currently[when?] filming Australian TV series "House Husbands", which will be aired on Australia's Nine Network at a later date.
In 2014 she played Sister Olive Haynes in the six-part miniseries for ABC Television ANZAC Girls. Based closely on real characters, she plays opposite Brandon McClelland as the Australian soldier Norval 'Pat' Dooley, who married Haynes in 1917.
McGahan grew up in Coorparoo, Queensland she went to Brisbane Girls Grammar School located in Brisbane City and studied for a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) at QUT, graduating in 2010. She subsequently relocated to Sydney. Growing up she was a dedicated ballet dancer and then began studying psychology upon finishing high school. It was then after in 2012 she moved again, this time in Melbourne.
Before moving to Melbourne, McGahan was against Christianity that served as her "own self-hatred". She converted to Christianity while reading a Gideon's Bible in a hotel room, which had a "series of spiritual encounters". She joined the Salvation Army in 2014 and works with several other local churches.
McGahan is also a playwright. She won the Queensland Theatre Company Young Playwright's Award in 2009 and 2010, and was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Drama Award in 2011. In 2012 she produced her full-length play He's Seeing Other People Now through the Metro Arts Independents Season in Brisbane.
|2010||Lance Johnson in Person||Abby||Short|
|2011||A Little Bit Behind||Jen||Short|
|2012||100 Bloody Acres||Sophie|
|2012||Reef 'n' Beef||Daisy|
|2016||Spirit of the Game||Elspeth|
|2017||Project Eden: Vol. I||Alice Lawson|
|2011||Rescue: Special Ops||Tegan Reid||Episode: "It's Not the Fall That Kills You"|
|2011||Spirited||Penelope||Guest role (series 2)|
|2011||Underbelly: Razor||Nellie Cameron||Main role|
|2011||The Boys' Place||Jane Alexander||TV series|
|2012||Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries||Miss Prout||Episode: "Away with the Fairies"|
|2012||The Mystery of a Hansom Cab||Rosanna Moore / The Queen||TV film|
|2012–2014||House Husbands||Lucy Crabb||Main role (series 1–3)|
|2014||ANZAC Girls||Olive Haynes||TV miniseries|
|2016||The Kettering Incident||Gillian Baxter / Dr. Colleen McKay||Episode: "The Homecoming"|
|2016||Fancy Boy||Karen / Rachel||Episodes: "1.2", "1.3"|
|2016–17||The Doctor Blake Mysteries||Rose Anderson||Main role (series 4–5)|
|2017||The Doctor Blake Mysteries: Family Portrait||Rose Anderson||TV film|
|2018||Picnic at Hanging Rock||Greta McCraw||TV miniseries|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Title of Work||Award||Category||Result|
|2012||Underbelly: Razor||TV Week Logie Awards||Most Popular New Female Talent||Nominated|
|2012||Underbelly: Razor||TV Week Logie Awards||Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent||Nominated|
|2012||Various||Heath Ledger Scholarship||Won|
- Morris, Jessica (4 March 2017). "Anna McGahan: Bold, brave and blessed". Warcry. Salvos Warcry. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
- QUT Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia.
- The Courier Mail - an Australian newspaper
- SMH The Sydney Morning Herald
- The Courier Mail - an Australian newspaper
- The Gatehouse[permanent dead link] - Studio B
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