Leah Purcell is one of Australia’s most respected and admired Actors, Writers, Producers and Directors. She is an AACTA, Helpmann, Deadly’s, ADG, AWGIE, IF, Logie award winning and nominated artist for her outstanding work on iconic feature film and TV such as Lantana and Jindabyne, The Proposition and Last Cab to Darwin, Redfern Now and Cleverman, The Secret Daughter and Janet King. Leah’s actor, writer, director theatre credits include Box the Pony, Bran Nue Dae, Low, Black Chicks Talking, The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table, Stuff Happens, The Marriage of Figaro, The Dark Room, Brothers Wreck and Radiance.
Leah’s latest work is the award winning The Drover’s Wife. This play written and starring Purcell swept all before it in 2017 winning the VIC and NSW Premiers Literary Awards for Best Play, Best Book, Prize for Literature; AWGIE Awards for Best Play, Major Work and the David Williamson Prize; 4 Helpmann Awards for Best Play, Script and the UNESCO City of Sydney Film Award. This all culminated in Leah being placed in the AFR Top 10 Power List for 2017 for Culture. She recently signed the publishing deal to deliver The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson novel in 2019 and will begin filming The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson feature film where she will write, direct and star to be delivered 2020. Leah is currently starring in Wentworth on FOXTEL’s Showtime. Leah is a proud Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri woman from Queensland.