|Partner Bain Stewart|
|Name Leah Purcell|
|Born 14 August 1970 (age 45) (1970-08-14) Murgon, Queensland, Australia|
Books Study Skills Series: Reading skills, Solve the Problem, Black Chicks Talking, Do You Remember?, Money: Arithmetic A
Awards AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama
Nominations Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress
Movies and TV shows Redfern Now, Black Chicks Talking, Jindabyne, My Mistress, Lantana
Similar People Ray Lawrence, Cate Shortland, Jimmy Little, Lisa Flanagan, Brendan Fletcher
Occupation Actress, film director
2009 deadly awards female actor of the year leah purcell
Leah Purcell (born 14 August 1970) is an Indigenous Australian actress, director and writer. She is a Helpmann Award and AACTA Award winner.
- 2009 deadly awards female actor of the year leah purcell
- Untold stories forum keynote speaker leah purcell
Untold stories forum keynote speaker leah purcell
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 Police Rescue and Fallen Angels. She co-wrote and acted in a play called Box the Pony, which played at Sydney's 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 Black Chicks Talking, which won a 2002 Inside Film award. She appeared in the acclaimed Australian film Lantana and on stage in The Vagina Monologues. She went on to appear in three 2004 films, Somersault, The Proposition and Jindabyne as well as playing the role of Condoleezza Rice in David Hare's play, Stuff Happens in Sydney and Melbourne.