Leah Purcell (born 14 August 1970) is an  Indigenous Australian actress, director and writer. She is a Helpmann Award and AACTA Award winner.
Biography [ edit ]
Leah Purcell was born in
Murgon, Queensland, the youngest of seven children of Aboriginal and white Australian descent. Her father was a butcher and a boxing trainer.  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. 
In 1996 she moved to
Sydney to become presenter on a music video cable television station, RED Music Channel. This was followed by roles in the  ABC television series and Police Rescue . Fallen Angels  She co-wrote and acted in a play called  , which played at Sydney's Box the Pony Belvoir Street Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, the 1999 Edinburgh Festival and in 2000 at the Barbican Theatre in London. She then wrote and directed the documentary  , which won a 2002 Black Chicks Talking Inside Film award. She appeared in the acclaimed Australian film  and on stage in Lantana . The Vagina Monologues She went on to appear in three 2004 films,  , Somersault and The Proposition as well as playing the role of Jindabyne Condoleezza Rice in David Hare's play, in Sydney and Melbourne. Stuff Happens 
Filmography [ edit ]
Black Chicks Talking Director
Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun Director
My Place Writer
Episode: "2008 Laura"
She Say Director / Writer
Redfern Now Director
Episode: "Sweet Spot"
The Secret Daughter Director
Episode: "Flame Trees"
Awards and nominations [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Hall, Louise (13 August 2006), "My top 5 – Leah Purcell", The Sydney Morning Herald , retrieved 20 January 2010
^ a b Verghis, Sharon (17 August 2005), "Direct line to Washington", The Age , retrieved 20 January 2010
^ Grasswill, Helen (17 June 2002). "Queen Leah". . Australian Story Australian Broadcasting Corporation . Retrieved . 21 January 2010
^ "Artistic Director Bio: Leah Purcell". ACPA . Retrieved . 21 January 2010
^ Keenan, Catherine (27 August 2002), "Blood sisters", The Sydney Morning Herald , retrieved 21 January 2010
^ "Upstaging". . Message Stick Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 5 March 2004 . Retrieved . 21 January 2010
^ "Leah Purcell: profile". Claxton Speakers . Retrieved . 21 January 2010
^ "IF Award Winners". Inside Film Awards . Retrieved . 21 January 2010
^ Keenan, Catherine (21 February 2003), "Monologues shift focus to the body beautiful — and battered", The Sydney Morning Herald , retrieved 21 January 2010
^ Verghis, Sharon (9 July 2005), "Channelling Condoleezza", The Sydney Morning Herald , retrieved 21 January 2010
^ Asciak, Libby (18 April 2016). "The secret is finally out: so excited to announce that I will be joining @jessicamauboy1 and the rest of the amazing cast in the new Channel Seven drama 'The Secret Daughter' playing the role of Rachel Rossi #thesecretdaughter #channel7 #comingsoon". Instagram . Retrieved . 22 April 2016
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