Kate Mulvany

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Kate Mulvany
Born (1978-02-24) 24 February 1978 (age 40)
Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia[1]
Nationality Australian
Citizenship Australian
Education Bachelor of Arts
Alma mater Curtin University
Occupation Actress, writer
Years active 2005–present

Kate Mulvany (born 24 February 1978) is an Australian playwright and actress on stage, television and film, with roles in The Great Gatsby (2013), Griff the Invisible (2010) and The Final Winter (2007). She has played lead roles with major Australian theatre companies as well as appearing on television and in film.[2] In 2004 she won the Philip Parsons Young Playwrights Award for The Seed.[3] In 2017, she won the Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play for her role in Richard 3.[4]

She was partner to late actor Mark Priestley, whom she met while writing The Seed.[5]

Her adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novel Jasper Jones has been performed in Perth by Barking Gecko Theatre Company,[6] in Sydney by Belvoir St Theatre,[7] and in Melbourne by the Melbourne Theatre Company.[8]

She is an ambassador for Agent Orange Justice, an organisation seeking to address and compensate victims of Agent Orange and other toxic chemicals during the Vietnam War,[9] and Mines, Victims and Clearance (MiVAC), a landmine advocacy and support group.[10]

Early life[edit]

Kate Mulvany was born on 24 February 1978 in Geraldton, Western Australia.[1] Her father, Danny, is a Vietnam Veteran. In 1997, Mulvany received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Curtin University, Perth.[3]

Mulvany was diagnosed with a Wilms' tumour at age two and spent a lot of time in hospital. The radiotherapy she had in hospital caused her bones to get osteoporosis. Kate has said that the tumour she had is probably linked to her father's exposure to Agent Orange.[11]


Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Kate Mulvany". film.multiserviciozoe.com, via Wayback Machine. Multiserviciozoe. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Author Profile". currency.com.au. Currency Press. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Kate Mulvany on IMDb
  4. ^ "Helpmann Award Winners 2017: Full List". Daily Review. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "Australian Story - Walking With Kate Mulvany - Transcript". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "Jasper Jones: the stage adaptation of Craig Silvey's novel". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 15 July 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Blake, Jason (6 January 2016). "Jasper Jones review: Kate Mulvany's adaptation stands tall despite slight falter at end". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Galloway, Paul (18 July 2016). "Kate Mulvany on Jasper Jones". Melbourne Theatre Company. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Kate Mulvany Plays On". The Saturday Paper (Australia). Actress and playwright Kate Mulvany survived a rare childhood cancer resulting from her conscripted father’s exposure to Agent Orange. 
  10. ^ "My MiVAC Trip, by Kate Mulvany". MiVAC (Mines Victims and Clearance). Archived from the original on 20 September 2016. Toward the end of last year [2012], my partner Hamish, my father Danny and myself joined a small group of travellers on a life-changing trip to Laos. I was there as ambassador to MiVAC (Mines Victims and Clearance) – an organisation that commits itself to providing care and assistance to those communities that continue to suffer the effects of mine warfare in SE Asia. 
  11. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/austory/specials/walkingwithkatemulvany/default.htm
  12. ^ "2017 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards announced in Brisbane". Arts Review. Arts Review. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  13. ^ Haradine, Natasha. "Kate Mulvany accepts Helpmann award on behalf of all affected by Agent Orange". ABC News. ABC. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 

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