Since graduating from QUT’s Academy of Arts in 1992, drama major Deborah Mailman has long been one of Australia’s most recognisable and favourite actresses with roles ranging from dramatic to comedic across TV, film and theatre. She is also a gifted writer and producer, and inspirational role-model for young indigenous Australians.
Over the years she has also racked up several prestigious awards, including this year’s Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actress for her role as Bonita Mabo in Mabo, which can be found in the QUT Library collection. In 1998 she won the Best Actress AFI award for her role as Nona in the acclaimed film Radiance, and in 1999 she was the winner of QUT’s Faculty of Arts and Professional Excellence Award for outstanding contribution to acting. She has been nominated for and won several more awards including AFIs for Best Supporting Actress in Bran Nue Dae and Offspring, Logies for her role in The Secret Life of Us, and was named NAIDOC Person of the Year at the Deadly Awards in 2003.
And they say you’ve made it once you’re on PlaySchool! Deborah could also be found on TV screens earlier in the decade as a presenter on the popular kids show between 1998 and 2001. More recent roles have included that of Cherie in Offspring, and as soul-singer sister Gail in The Sapphires. Discover these, plus much, much more of Deborah Mailman in the QUT Library collection.