Deadly Aboriginal Artists - Miranda Tapsell
“I had some very influential women in my life, both in my career and in my personal life. My mother, my aunties on both Mum and Dad’s sides, and my grandmothers. I have been surrounded by such strong women and all of them had something to contribute to my growing up in some way.”
Miranda Tapsell was born in Darwin on 18 June 1987 to Tony and Barbara Tapsell. A proud Larrakia and Tiwi woman, Miranda says she had a happy, comfortable childhood. Her dad was the town clerk of the Jabiru Town Council and her mother was a teacher.
The family then moved to Jabiru in West Arnhem Land, where she grew up. In 2004, when she was 16, she won the Bell Shakespeare Company regional performance scholarship and later moved to Sydney to study at (NIDA). She graduated in 2008.
From her debut in Yibilung at the Belvoir Theatre in 2008, Miranda has performed in a wide variety of genre, including stage, television, and cinema, including her role as Bonita in the Mabo miniseries and Cynthia, one of The Sapphires, and her role in the Channel 9 series Love Child to name just a few.
In May 2015 she received two Logie awards in for Best New Talent, and Most Outstanding Newcomer. In her acceptance speech she urged people in the audience to "Put more beautiful people of colour on TV and connect viewers in ways which transcend race and unite us," adding, "That’s the real team Australia.”
Miranda starred in the ground breaking Acknowledgment of Country episode of Play School.
- Sonya Forrest