Name Deborah Mailman
|Role Television actress|
Partner Matthew Coonan
|Born 14 July 1972 (age 43) (1972-07-14) Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia|
Parents Jane Mailman, Wally Mailman
Awards Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress
Children Henry Coonan, Oliver Coonan
Movies and TV shows The Sapphires, Paper Planes, The Secret Life of Us, Offspring, Redfern Now
Similar People Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell, Jessica Mauboy, Wayne Blair, Chris O'Dowd
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Deborah Jane Mailman, AM (born 14 July 1972) is an Australian television film actress, and singer. She was the first Aboriginal actress to win the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and had gone on to win four more both in television and film. The awards are now known as the AACTA Awards. Mailman first gained recognition for the 1998 film Radiance for which she won her first AFI award.
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- Early life
- Personal life
- Other awards
She is well known for having played the character Kelly Lewis on the successful Australian television series, The Secret Life of Us. She is also well known for her current role as Cherie Butterfield in the successful Australian drama series Offspring. She also portrayed the role of Lorraine in the rotating cast of the acclaimed Australian TV series about daily Aboriginal life Redfern Now.
Mailman is currently part of the main cast of the television program Cleverman, she portrays the role of Aunt Linda.
She starred in lead roles in the acclaimed films Rabbit-Proof Fence, Oddball, The Sapphires, and Paper Planes.
Mailman grew up in Mount Isa in north-west Queensland. She is one of five children born to Wally Mailman, a famous rodeo rider and horseman, and Jane (Heeni) Mailman, the daughter of a preacher and talented musician. She has both Indigenous Australian (Bidjara) and Māori (Ngati Porou and Te Arawa) heritage. In 1992, she graduated from Queensland University of Technology Academy of the Arts with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Performing Arts. Since then she has worked extensively in Australian film, television and theater as well as many contributions overseas.
Mailman played the role of Kate in a La Boite Theatre production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew in 1994. Other early stage roles include solo show The Seven Stages of Grieving (which she co-wrote with Wesley Enoch) for Kooemba Jdarra, Queensland Theatre Company's 1997 revival of Louis Nowra's play Radiance, and Cordelia in King Lear for Bell Shakespeare in 1998.
In 1998, Mailman made her film debut as Nona in the Australian independent film Radiance (based on the play), for which she won the AFI Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. From here she has since become one of Australia's most prominent local actors especially through her lead role on The Secret Life of Us, a role for which she was twice awarded Most Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series at the Logies (2002 and 2004). She stayed during the shows entire duration (2001–2006).
Mailman was featured prominently in the Leah Purcell documentary Black Chicks Talking (2001), where she candidly discussed her thoughts about her Aboriginal heritage. In 2006, she took part in a four-part television documentary series with Cathy Freeman called Going Bush, where the pair set off on a journey from Broome to Arnhem Land spending time with Indigenous communities along the way.
She appeared in the Play School TV series and was part of The Actors Company for the Sydney Theatre Company (2006–2007).
She appeared in the film Rabbit-Proof Fence. She played a lead role in the 2010 musical film Bran Nue Dae. In the play The Sapphires and the subsequent film of the same name she played the role of singer Gail McCrae.
She was awarded an Inside Film Award for her short film Ralph, which starred Madeleine Madden. From 2010 to 2014, she played the role of Cherie Butterfield in Channel Ten's Offspring drama series.
In 2012, she starred in Redfern Now, an indigenous mini-series for the ABC.
On 29 January 2015, Mailman co-hosted the AACTA Awards with Cate Blanchett.
Mailman started as Maureen Prescott in Paper Planes, released 15 January 2015. She then appeared as Mayor Lake in Oddball and the voice of Blinky Bill's mother in Blinky Bill the Movie.
Mailman's partner is advertising executive Matthew Coonan. They have two sons, Henry and Oliver. Deborah has four siblings.
In 2012, Mailman was a recipient of the Queensland Greats Awards.