Deborah Mailman (b. 1972), actor, is the daughter of Maori and Aboriginal parents who met when her father was touring on the rodeo circuit. Having grown up in Mount Isa, in her early twenties Mailman co-devised and appeared in the one-woman stage show Seven Stages of Grieving, which was subsequently staged in London. In 1998, for her performance in the film Radiance, she became the first Aboriginal woman to win the Best Actress Award at the Australian Film Industry (AFI) Awards; five years later she was named the NAIDOC Person of the Year. In 2012, when the AFI awards had become the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, she won the Best Lead Actress award for her role in the film The Sapphires (2011). On stage she has appeared in diverse productions including Shakespeare plays and the hit Small Poppies (2001); she was named a member of the Sydney Theatre Company’s inaugural Actors’ Company in 2005. She earned great popularity as a presenter on Playschool from 1998 to 2001; her subsequent television credits include The Secret Life of Us (2001–06); Going Bush (2006); Offspring (2010-present); Redfern Now (2011). For Mabo (2012), she won the Most Outstanding Actress Award at the 2013 Logies; she won the same award for Redfern Now: Promise Me (2015) in 2016. Mailman’s films include Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), The Book of Revelation (2006), Lucky Miles (2007) and Bran Nue Day (2009).
Accession number: 2000.4
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Equation of a life – a portrait of Derek Denton
9 September 2016
The National Portrait Gallery, has welcomed the newest portrait commission of Emeritus Professor Derek Denton AC by Evert Ploeg.
Portraits and Beauty
Two beautiful women are currently on display right next to each other in Gallery 7 of the National Portrait Gallery.
Magazine article, Portrait 9
The Secret Life of Deb
Australian actress Deborah Mailman is the subject of a unique portrait by Evert Ploeg.
Permanent collection catalogue
On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.