|Born||27 June 1963|
|Died|| 15 March 2013 49) (aged|
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Leverne Ann McDonnell (27 June 1963 – 15 March 2013) was an Australian actress.
McDonnell spent three years as a member of "Energy Connection", a youth dance theatre company in Adelaide, South Australia, until she was admitted to the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney. She graduated from NIDA in 1985.
The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is an Australian national education and training institute for students in the performing arts. Since 1958, NIDA has educated students in performance and production for theatre, film and television. It offers programs ranging from degrees to public short courses, including holiday programs and corporate training.
In 1992, McDonnell played the role of Kelly in the 1992 ABC police drama series Phoenix —a role for which she was nominated for an AFI Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama.She played a different role, Detective Sergeant Jan Murray, in Janus , a spin-off of Phoenix. Other television credits include the television series Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left , The Secret Life of Us , Horace & Tina and The Saddle Club ; and the mini-series The Dirtwater Dynasty , Come In Spinner and Simone de Beauvoir's Babies . Her film appearances included roles in Oscar and Lucinda (1997) and The Interview (1998).
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Janus is an Australian drama television series screened on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1994 and 1995. Two series were produced, with a total of 26 episodes.
In 2008, McDonnell played the leading role of Detective Inspector Gina Sturrock in the feature film Four of a Kind , a film which she was also the Associate Producer on.
Four of a Kind is the debut feature film for director Fiona Cochrane. It was completed in 2008 and released in 2009.
McDonnell died on 15 March 2013, aged 49, after a year-long battle with cancer. She was survived by her parents, Terry and Laurel, brother, Terrina, husband Matthew, and daughters, Belle and Indigo.
A documentary about her life and death, called All In Her Stride, was completed in 2014, with McDonnell as a co-producer. [ citation needed ]
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