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Lisa McCune
, 2000 (printed 2012)

by Rob Tuckwell

inkjet print (sheet: 46.0 cm x 56.0 cm, image: 39.5 cm x 50.0 cm)

Lisa McCune (b. 1971) actor, made her stage debut at fifteen in a production of The Wizard of Oz in Perth. She graduated with a BA in Music Theatre from the WAAPA in 1991, and the following year won an advertising role for Coles supermarkets. Amongst her early jobs was a part in the arthouse splatter movie Body Melt. In 1993, when she was 22, she embarked on her starmaking role, that of Constable Maggie Doyle in the police drama Blue Heelers. Having won the Most Popular New Talent Logie in 1995, she won the Gold Logie four times in a row from 1997 to 2000, and the Most Popular Actress Logie five times in a row from 1996 to 2000. She was a stalwart of the series for seven seasons; after her character was shot, the show’s popularity waned. At the same time, she appeared in stage productions including Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and Into the Woods, and in the television miniseries The Potato Factory. After leaving Blue Heelers she took to the stage as Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music and appeared in the 2005 film Little Fish before launching her second major television role, that of Lieutenant Kate McGregor in Sea Patrol. In 2008, she played in the smash stage production Guys and Dolls, her subsequent theatre triumphs including Opera Australia’s productions of South Pacific and The King and I.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012
Accession number: 2012.214