Deborah Mailman

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Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman, August 2012.jpg
Mailman at The Sapphires Australian Premiere in August 2012.
Born(1972-07-14) 14 July 1972 (age 41)
Mount Isa, Queensland
OccupationActress
Partner(s)Matthew Coonan
ChildrenHenry Coonan (2007)
Oliver Coonan (2010)
 
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Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman, August 2012.jpg
Mailman at The Sapphires Australian Premiere in August 2012.
Born(1972-07-14) 14 July 1972 (age 41)
Mount Isa, Queensland
OccupationActress
Partner(s)Matthew Coonan
ChildrenHenry Coonan (2007)
Oliver Coonan (2010)

Deborah Mailman (born 14 July 1972) is an Australian television and film actress. She was the first Aboriginal actress to win the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She is well known for having played the character "Kelly" on successful Australian television series, The Secret Life of Us. She is also well known for her current role as Cherie in the successful Australian drama series Offspring.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] She played the role of Kate in a La Boite Theatre production of Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew' in 1994.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1998, Mailman won her first AFI win, was for playing the character "Nona", in the Australian independent film Radiance. 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).

She then took part in a four-part television documentary series with Cathy Freeman called Going Bush (2006)[3][4][5] where the pair set off on a journey from Broome to Arnhem Land spending time with Indigenous communities along the way. She was featured prominently in the Leah Purcell documentary Black Chicks Talking (2001), where she candidly discussed her thoughts about her Aboriginal heritage.

She appeared in the Play School TV series and was part of The Actors Company for the Sydney Theatre Company (2006–2007).[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] She played the role of Cherie Butterfield in Channel Ten's Offspring drama series.[6]

In 2012 she is starring in Redfern Now, an indigenous mini-series for the ABC.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Mailman's partner is advertising executive Matthew Coonan. They have two sons, Henry and Oliver.[8] Deborah has four other siblings.

Filmography[edit]

Deborah Mailman, Movie Walk Of Fame At Randwick Ritz; The Spot Festival.
YearFilmRoleNotes
1998RadianceNona
2000The Third NoteTina
2000The Monkey's MaskLou
2001-2006The Secret Life of UsKelly Lewis / NarratorTV series (Seasons 1-4, Episodes 1-86)
2002Rabbit-Proof FenceMavis
2006The Book of RevelationJulie
2009Bran Nue DaeRoxanne
2010 – presentOffspringCherie ButterfieldTV series
2012MentalSandra
2012The SapphiresGail McCrae
2012Mabo (TV film)BonitaWon Most Outstanding Actress (Logies 2013)
2012Redfern NowLorraineTV series (Episode 3: Raymond)

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardNominated workResult
1998Best Performance by a Leading ActressRadianceWon
2003Best Leading Actress in a Television DramaThe Secret Life Of UsNominated
2010Best Supporting Role in a Feature FilmBran Nue DaeWon
2010Best Supporting Role in a Television DramaOffspring (TV series)Won
2012Best Performance by a Leading ActressThe SapphiresWon
2013Most Outstanding Actress In A Drama SeriesMabo (TV film)Won
2002Most Outstanding Actress In A Drama SeriesThe Secret Life Of UsWon
2004Most Outstanding Actress In A Drama SeriesThe Secret Life Of UsWon
2003NAIDOC Person of the YearWon
2004Female Actor of the YearWon

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.indigenousscholarships.com.au/resources/ inspirational-stories/deborah-mailman
  2. ^ AusStage
  3. ^ Going Bush[dead link]
  4. ^ "Going Bush - Series 1". ABC Shop. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Going Bush at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ "Deborah Mailman". Offspring. Network Ten. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Sunday Herald Sun

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