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Trevor Jamieson
, 2016

by Brett Canet-Gibson

inkjet print (frame: 113.0 cm x 82.5 cm depth 3.7 cm, image/sheet: 89.5 cm x 59.5 cm)

Trevor Jamieson (b.1975), Pila Nguru (Spinifex) actor, didgeridoo player, guitarist, singer, dancer and storyteller, grew up in the Goldfields region of Western Australia. A teenager when he won the lead role in Black Swan Theatre’s premiere of the musical Bran Nue Day, he has performed professionally for the past 25 years. He began his television career in Heartland (1994), starring Cate Blanchett and Ernie Dingo, and Kings in Grass Castles (1998). He was a regular on the series Lockie Leonard in 2010, and appeared in The Secret River (2015) and Cleverman (2016). Meanwhile, in 2008 at the Sydney Theatre Awards he was named best actor for the stage show Ngapartji Ngapartji. Jamieson conceived the play, about his Central Desert family who were displaced by the Maralinga tests of the 1950s, in collaboration with Scott Rankin. In 2011 he was the star of another stage collaboration with Rankin, the critically and popularly acclaimed Namatjira, and appeared in As You Like It at the Belvoir. Jamieson has appeared in more than a dozen movies including Bran Nue Day (2009) and Rabbit Proof Fence (2002). Recently starring in the Belvoir theatre production of Coranderrk and also The Season at the Opera House, in the 2019 remake of the 1976 film Storm Boy he played the character originally played by David Gulpilil.

The portrait of Jamieson won the People’s Choice Award for the National Photographic Prize of 2017.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018
Accession number: 2018.22