Brenna Harding

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Brenna Harding

Brenna Harding is an Australian actress, best known for her role as Sue Knight in the television series Puberty Blues.

Harding's first television appearance was in 2004, appearing in a clip for Play School's "Through the Window" segment.[1] The clip showed Brenna and her two mums on a trip to an amusement park, and attracted controversy from the media and politicians because it showed homosexual parents.[1][2][3]

Harding began performing in the late 2000s through holiday drama courses, then moved onto television roles with an appearance in My Place and a three-episode run in season 3 of Packed to the Rafters.[1][2] Her first major television role was as Sue Knight in Puberty Blues, one of the two teenage girls that were the main characters of the 1979 novel of the same name.[1] Harding's role in the series led to her receiving the Logie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent at the Logie Awards of 2013, as well as being nominated for the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer at the 2013 Logies, and nominated for the AACTA Award for Best Young Actor at the 2nd AACTA Awards in 2013.[4][5][6]

Harding is also a campaigner for LGBT rights, appearing with her mothers before the 2009 New South Wales parliamentary inquiry into same-sex adoption reform, and as of 2012 was the president of gay rights group "Wear it Purple".[4][7] She is also credited as one of the authors of the children's book The Rainbow Cubby House, the other being her mother.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Brenna outs herself as show's star". The Daily Telegraph. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Rigden, Claire (13 March 2014). "No puberty blues for Brenna Harding". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Cunningham, Jane (28 September 2004). "Playschool Mums". George Negus Tonight People. Episode 134. ABC. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Akersten, Matt (8 April 2013). "Logie winner thanks her two mums". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "2013 Logie Awards". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Winners & Nominees: 2nd AACTA Awards". Australian Film Institute/Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Dent, Nick (17 October 2012). "30 Under 30: Ashleigh Cummings and Brenna Harding". Time Out Sydney. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Gibson, Jano (29 May 2006). "Gay books at daycare 'inappropriate'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 

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