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Claudia Karvan on the set of Love My Way

Jimmy Pozarik

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 59.2 cm x 41.7 cm, image: 52.0 cm x 34.8 cm)
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Claudia Karvan (b. 1973), actor, grew up in Sydney and made her first film appearances as a ten-year-old. Her major acting debut came in the Gillian Armstrong film High Tide (1987) alongside Judy Davis. After a number of appearances on television and in films including The Big Steal (1990) she starred opposite Alex Dimitriades in the film The Heartbreak Kid (1993), for which she won a Best Actress AFI award. Over the course of the 1990s she appeared in many Australian films including Flynn, Dating the Enemy, Paperback Hero and Passion; she won an audience favourite award at the Palm Springs Short Film Festival for her performance in Two Girls and a Baby in 1998. Between 2001 and 2003 she became a household name through her regular role in the hit television series The Secret Life of Us, for which she won a Logie for the outstanding actress in a drama series. She has since written, produced and acted in the series Love My Way (2005-2006) and several films including Aquamarine (2006) and Footy Legends (2006).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2007

Accession number: 2007.6

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Jimmy Pozarik

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.