Marieke Hardy

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Marieke Hardy
BornMarieke Josephine Hardy
(1976-05-26) 26 May 1976 (age 47)
Melbourne, Australia
  • Writer
  • actress
  • television producer
  • radio and television presenter
  • screenwriter
  • actress
Notable worksLaid
Packed to the Rafters
Last Man Standing
Short Cuts
RelativesAlan Hardy, Galia Hardy, Frank Hardy, Mary Hardy

Marieke Josephine Hardy (born 26 May 1976[citation needed]) is an Australian writer, radio and television presenter, television producer and screenwriter and former television actress.

Early life and family[edit]

Hardy is the granddaughter of Frank Hardy, author of Power Without Glory,[1] and the grandniece of comedian and radio and television presenter Mary Hardy. Her parents Alan and Galia Hardy were writers, producers and editors on several Australian television series including The Sullivans and All the Rivers Run.[2]

Hardy was raised in the Melbourne suburbs of Hawthorn East and Richmond.[3]

Hardy was educated at Carey Baptist Grammar School and Swinburne Senior Secondary College in Melbourne.[citation needed]

She was a passionate supporter of the Fitzroy Football Club until their disbandment from the AFL competition.[4]



Hardy co-hosted Melbourne's 3RRR radio show Best of the Brat on Tuesday nights from April 1996 to December 2007, under the pseudonym Holly C. The show was known as "the most immature show on Australian radio".[5] Almost immediately following her departure from RRR, in January 2008 she began co-hosting the breakfast show on Triple J, the ABC's youth radio station, with Robbie Buck and Lindsay "The Doctor" McDougall.[6] In December 2009, Hardy announced she was leaving Triple J to concentrate on her writing career.[7]


Working in the entertainment industry from a young age as an actress, Hardy appeared in such television programs as The Henderson Kids II, All Together Now, Neighbours, A Country Practice and various television commercials before pursuing a career as a scriptwriter.

In 2005, Hardy co-wrote and produced a 22-episode drama series for the Seven Network called Last Man Standing. The series struggled to gain ratings for its prime-time slot[8][9] and was cancelled after one series.

Hardy was a regular panelist (or book club member) on the ABC1 literary review show, First Tuesday Book Club.[10]

After leaving Triple J in 2010, Hardy returned to television writing, working on the Comedy Channel advertising industry sitcom 30 Seconds.

Since 2008, Hardy has written 11 episodes of Packed to the Rafters, starting with the third episode of the first series. She has written episodes for every series up to the fourth.

In 2011, with Kirsty Fisher, she co-created and co-wrote a six-part TV series Laid for the ABC.[11]

Newspaper columnist and blog[edit]

Hardy formerly penned a blog called Reasons You Will Hate Me under the pseudonym "Ms Fits"[12] which won a Bloggie award for Best Australia/New Zealand blog in 2008.[13]

She wrote commentary columns for The Age newspaper's "Green Guide" TV section ("Back Chat") and "Life & Style" ("formally A2") section, as well a contributing to Frankie magazine. She resigned from the "Green Guide" in November 2009 due to other writing commitments.[14]


Hardy signed a two-book deal with publishers Allen & Unwin, and the first of those books, You'll Be Sorry When I'm Dead, was published in 2011. She began working on the second, a novel, in 2012.[15]

Other work[edit]

Hardy started a left-wing political apparel brand with designer Sara-Jane Chase called Polichicks in 2003.[16]

As of October 2008, Hardy became a committed vegan[17][18][19][20] after completing a one-week challenge set by her Triple J co-presenter Lindsay McDougall.

Since 2010, she and writer Michaela McGuire have co-hosted the popular international literary public event Women of Letters, in which five or six women read letters they have written on a set theme.[21]

In October 2010, an article on the Liberal Party politician Christopher Pyne written by Hardy on the ABC The Drum blog site was withdrawn on the grounds that it "failed to meet the standards for argument and well-thought opinion". A public apology was issued to Pyne by The Drum editor Jonathan Green "for both the attack and for its deeply personal nature".[22]

In August 2017, it was announced that Hardy would join the annual Melbourne Writers Festival as the event's Artistic Director. She resigned from her three-year contract, with effect December 2019.[23]



Feature films
Year Title Crew role Role Notes Ref.
1997 True Love and Chaos Out of it Woman [24]
Year Title Crew role Role Notes Ref.
2013 Mr & Mrs Murder Writer "En Vogue" (#1.3)
2011–present Laid Co-creator, series writer and co-producer All episodes [25]
2010 Spirited Writer "Cats in the Cradle" (#1.6) [26]
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation Herself Episode: #2.5 [27]
2008–2011 Packed to the Rafters Series writer Various episodes [28]
2007 Marx and Venus Writer Unknown episodes [29]
2005 Last Man Standing Series writer and producer All episodes [30]
2003 The Sleepover Club Writer Various episodes [31]
2002 Short Cuts Series writer Josephine Coxon All episodes [30]
2001 McLeod's Daughters Writer "Playing to Win" (#1.16) [32]
Always Greener Writer Various episodes [33]
Horace and Tina Writer Various episodes [34]
Wild Kat Writer Various episodes [35]
Something in the Air Writer Various episodes [36]
1998 Thunderstone Writer Sophie Various episodes [37]
Stingers Lara Kelly "Jelly Babies" (#1.9) [38]
Raw FM Lucina "Raw'n'Sore" (#1.8) [39]
1995–2003 Neighbours Writer Rhonda Brumby Various episodes [40]
1994 Ocean Girl Script assistant Unknown episodes [41]
A Country Practice Yesterday Hubble "Over The Edge" (#1.23) [42]
1993 The Late Show Passer-by in "Kelvin, Son of Melvin, Son of Alvin" Uncredited (#2.17) [43]
R.F.D.S Zoe Solomon [44]
1991 All Together Now Writer Unknown episodes [45]
1987 The Henderson Kids II Sally Marshall [46]


Children's fiction[edit]

  • Short Cuts, Angus & Robertson, 2002


  • You'll be Sorry When I'm Dead, Allen & Unwin, 2011


  • No Pay? No Way!, Sydney Theatre Company, 2020


  1. ^ Tuohy, Wendy: Standing her ground, The Age, 6 June 2005.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Jayne: Why Marieke's the natural choice for our first m-book, The Age, 7 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Marieke Hardy: 'I am a very romantic person'".
  4. ^ "Give me an F for the football of yore". Retrieved 12 May 2023.
  5. ^ Triple R Best of the Brat To Finish, Undercover, 5 December 2007.
  6. ^ Javes, Sue: Triple J wakes up, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 December 2007.
  7. ^ Hooley Dooley, It's a Triple J Exodus, Mess + Noise, 3 December 2009.
  8. ^ Enker, Debi: Where are the viewers?, The Age, 23 July 2005.
  9. ^ Warneke, Ross: Ratings, The Age, 14 June 2005.
  10. ^ Regular Panelist: Marieke Hardy, First Tuesday Book Club (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
  11. ^ Kalina, Paul: Getting Laid and loving it: Marieke is back in action, The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 February 2011.
  12. ^ Murray, Elicia: If the name Fits..., The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 April 2008.
  13. ^ Blogger cracks Hardy in the land of big hats, The Age, 9 April 2008.
  14. ^ Hardy, Marieke: A fond farewell, Green Guide, 17 December 2009.
  15. ^ You'll Be Sorry When I'm Dead, Allen & Unwin, 2011.
  16. ^ Marieke Hardy, scriptwriter, The Age, 14 May 2003.
  17. ^ YouTube: Marieke Hardy recommends Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook , First Tuesday Book Club (ABC1), April 2009.
  18. ^ Hardy, Marieke (14 May 2010), Animal-free crackers in my soup, Fairfax Media, archived from the original on 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2 May 2012
  19. ^ Dunn, Emily (30 August 2011), Marieke Hardy, Fairfax Media, archived from the original on 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2 May 2012
  20. ^ McDonald, Alyssa (14 February 2012), Writer, Rebel, Misfit, Fairfax Media, archived from the original on 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2 May 2012
  21. ^ Puvanenthiran, Bhakthi. "Michaela McGuire, Marieke Hardy take Women of Letters to the world", The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 26 April 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  22. ^ Editor's note: The Pyne experiments, The Drum (, 1 October 2010.
  23. ^ Steger, Jason (21 November 2019). "Marieke Hardy quits as artistic director of Melbourne Writers Festival". The Age. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  24. ^ "True Love and Chaos". IMDb. 22 May 1997.
  25. ^ "Laid". IMDb.
  26. ^ "Cat's in the Cradle". IMDb. 29 September 2010.
  27. ^ "Episode #2.5". IMDb. 7 March 2010.
  28. ^ "Naked Visions". IMDb. 25 August 2009.
  29. ^ "Marx and Venus". IMDb.
  30. ^ a b "The Night of Nights". IMDb. 17 August 2002.
  31. ^ "Makeover". IMDb. 21 November 2003.
  32. ^ "Playing to Win". IMDb. 5 December 2001.
  33. ^ "Always Greener". IMDb.
  34. ^ "Horace & Tina". IMDb.
  35. ^ "Family Matters". IMDb. 6 April 2001.
  36. ^ "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Election". IMDb. 14 July 2001.
  37. ^ "Quicksand". IMDb. 20 August 1999.
  38. ^ "Jelly Babies". IMDb. 24 November 1998.
  39. ^ "Raw'n'Sore". IMDb. 6 January 1998.
  40. ^ "Episode #1.2838". IMDb. 23 April 1997.
  41. ^ "Ocean Girl (TV Series 1994–1997)". IMDb.
  42. ^ "On the Edge". IMDb. 17 September 1994.
  43. ^ "Episode #2.17". IMDb. 9 October 1993.
  44. ^ "The Hill". IMDb. 21 January 1993.
  45. ^ "All Together Now". IMDb. 22 January 1991.
  46. ^ "The Henderson Kids II". IMDb.

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