Kate Mulvany

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Kate Mulvany
Born (1978-02-24) 24 February 1978 (age 41)
EducationBachelor of Arts
Alma materCurtin University
OccupationActress, Playwright, Screenwriter
Years active1997–present

Kate Mulvany (born 24 February 1978) is an award-winning Australian actress, playwright and screenwriter.[2]

She works consistently in theatre, 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.[3] In 2004 she won the Philip Parsons Young Playwrights Award for The Seed.[4] In 2017, she won the Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play for her role in Richard 3.[5]

Kate is well-known for her Shakespearean roles. Onstage, she has played Cassius,[6] Lady Macbeth, and was lauded for her performance as Richard III, in which she used her real-life spinal disability[7] to full effect.

She was partner to late actor Mark Priestley.[8] In 2015 she wed fellow actor Hamish Michael in New York.[9][10]

Her adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novel Jasper Jones has been performed in Perth by Barking Gecko Theatre Company,[11] in Sydney by Belvoir St Theatre,[12] and in Melbourne by the Melbourne Theatre Company.[13] In 2015 it was shortlisted for the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting, New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards.[14]

She is an ambassador for MiVAC (Mines, Victims and Clearance), a landmine advocacy and support group.[15]

In 2017, Kate received an honorary doctorate from Curtin University for her services to the arts in Australia.[16]

In 2018, she adapted Ruth Park's The Harp in the South trilogy as a two-part play for Sydney Theatre Company.[17] In 2019, she followed this with an adaptation of the Schiller play Mary Stuart, again for Sydney Theatre Company.

Early life[edit]

Kate Mulvany was born on 24 February 1978 in Geraldton, Western Australia.[1] Her father, Danny, was a Vietnam Veteran.[18] Her mother, Glenys,[9] is a schoolteacher.[19] She has a sister, Tegan, who is an actor an improvisor.[20] In 1997, Mulvany received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Curtin University, Perth.[4]

Mulvany was diagnosed with a Wilms' tumour (renal cancer) at age two and spent much of her childhood in hospital. Kate's cancer has been linked to her father's exposure to Agent Orange during his service in the Vietnam War.[21]




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.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "Kate Mulvany - Currency Press".
  3. ^ "Kate Mulvany - Currency Press". currency.com.au. Currency Press. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b Kate Mulvany on IMDb
  5. ^ "Helpmann Award Winners 2017: Full List". Daily Review. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Taking a Stab". smh.com.au. October 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "'This woman is a man': Kate Mulvany on playing Shakespeare's greatest villain". smh.com.au. January 31, 2017.
  8. ^ "Australian Story - Walking With Kate Mulvany - Transcript". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Fighting Chance". thewest.com.au. 7 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Kate Mulvany's Next Big Challenge: Mary Stuart". dailytelegraph.com.au. February 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "Jasper Jones: the stage adaptation of Craig Silvey's novel". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 15 July 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Galloway, Paul (18 July 2016). "Kate Mulvany on Jasper Jones". Melbourne Theatre Company. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  14. ^ "New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards" (PDF). SL Magazine. 8 (4): 36. Summer 2015.
  15. ^ "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.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  16. ^ "Playwright Kate Mulvany recognised with Honorary Doctorate". news.curtin.edu.au. 4 September 2017.
  17. ^ https://www.timeout.com/sydney/theatre/the-harp-in-the-south-review
  18. ^ "Courageous voice tackles themes of war". theaustralian.com.au. Jan 8, 2008.
  19. ^ "How Kate Mulvany overcame childhood cancer and her partner's death to become Australia's busiest playwright". stuff.co.nz. June 16, 2016.
  20. ^ "Tegan Mulvany". twitter.com.
  21. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/austory/specials/walkingwithkatemulvany/default.htm
  22. ^ "2017 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards announced in Brisbane". Arts Review. Arts Review. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  23. ^ 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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