Miranda Tapsell is a proud Larrakia Woman from Darwin who grew up in Kakadu National Park and began performing at the age of seven. Miranda graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2008 and since graduating, has built a strong ascending career in film, theatre and television.
Miranda has recently wrapped Top End Wedding, a movie she is starring in, producing and has co-written; shot in NT, it has just been announced with the honor that it will premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Miranda is well known for her performance in the multi-award winning feature film The Sapphires, playing one of four lead characters. Miranda captured the hearts of the viewing public with her portrayal of the feisty ‘Cynthia’ with the film receiving many accolades on the international festival circuit as well as a Deadly Award nomination for Female Actor of the Year.
Miranda is also renowned for her role in Channel 9’s drama Love Child, in which Miranda plays ‘Martha’, running for three seasons on the Nine Network. Miranda received two Logie Awards for her role in Love Child: Most Popular New Talent and The Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer. A career highlight saw Miranda cast as the new host of the perennial favourite children’s series, Play School. Recently, she has had roles on Channel 9’s Doctor Doctor, ABC’s comedy Get Krackin’, legal drama Newton’s Law for ABCTV, Foxtel’s Secret City as well as ABCTV’s Cleverman and Stan’s Wolf Creek.
Miranda starred in Season 1 of the popular ABCTV series Redfern Now and Black Comedy. Other television credits include Mabo for Blackfella Films and Logie Award winning Little J and Big Cuz for ABCTV, which has announced its second season.
Miranda was last seen on the stage in The Literati at the Stables in Kings Cross and has appeared in two Belvoir Street Theatre productions, A Christmas Carol and Radiance. Other remarkable stage career performances include Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Secret River for which she received a Helpmann Award Nomination for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play; I Am Eora for Sydney Festival; Rainbow’s End for Riverside Theatre; Mother’s Tongue for Yirra Yakin Theatre Company; Yibiyung (Lead) for Belvoir Street Theatre.
She has her own podcast on BuzzFeed, Pretty for an Aboriginal, with Nakkia Lui, which rocks the traditional perceptions of Indigenous Australia and challenges rigid mindsets of what women of colour can and cannot do.