Leonie Elva Hazlehurst
17 August 1953
|Partner(s)||Ian Marden (2003–2013)|
Leonie Elva "Noni" Hazlehurst, (born 17 August 1953) is an Australian actress, director, writer, presenter and broadcaster who has appeared on television and radio, in dramas, mini-series and made for television films, as well also on stage and in feature films since the early 1970s. Hazlehurst has been honoured with numerous awards including Australian Film Institute Awards, ARIA Awards and Logies, including being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.
Hazlehurst was born in Melbourne. After attending St Leonard's College in Brighton East, Victoria, Hazlehurst studied Drama at Flinders University in South Australia from 1971 to 1973, where she resided at Flinders University Hall and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974. She has studied ballet, singing, piano, speech and drama. In the 1980s and 1990s, much of her work concentrated on children's television.
Her parents were both English,and migrated to Australia in 1951.
Along with roles at the ABC, her first television work was in guest lead roles in television serials produced by Crawford Productions. She played the regular role of Sharon Lewis in The Box in 1975 before joining the original cast of The Sullivans as Lil Duggan in late 1976. She was a Play School presenter from 1978 to 2001, and has been a National Ambassador or Patron for many children's events and charities, including Children's Week (1991-2007)and Barnardos. She has worked extensively for children. Hazlehurst has recorded several music and spoken word albums.
Hazlehurst played the lead in miniseries Nancy Wake , The Shiralee , Ride on Stranger and Waterfront in the 1980s.
From 1995 to 2005 Hazlehurst hosted the Seven Networks Better Homes and Gardens , a lifestyle show which is affiliated with the monthly magazine of the same name.
In 2006, she starred in ABC's telemovie Stepfather of the Bride. From 2007 to 2011, she played Detective Superintendent Bernice Waverley on Channel Seven crime drama City Homicide . In 2010, she was a guest on The 7pm Project on Network Ten. In July 2011, as part of a rapidly growing internet meme, she read the book Go the Fuck to Sleep to camera in the style she formerly used on Play School. She immediately offered to record a reading of the book after being sent a copy by the publisher.,Since 2013, she appears as Elizabeth Bligh in the 1950s-set Australian melodrama A Place to Call Home on the Seven Network, playing the wealthy matriarch of the family. The show was renewed for a second series which premiered in 2014, following the second series the show was briefly canceled yet the show was unexpectedly commissioned for a third series which came in 2015. The show then went into production for a fourth series which aired in 2016 and a fifth season airing in 2017 with the final sixth season airing in 2018. She also plays the role of Ambrose in ABC TV's The Letdown and will appear as Pamela in a new series The End in 2019.
Hazlehurst has had starring roles in Australian films since the 1980s, including roles in Fatty Finn , Fran and Australian Dream ). Her most prominent role during this decade was as the lead, Nora, in Monkey Grip (1982), based on Helen Garner's novel of the same name. The film, concerning the relationship between a single mother and a heroin addict, was a modest box office success in Australia and received generally favourable reviews from critics. She later starred in Little Fish in 2005, Candy in 2006, and Bitter & Twisted in 2008. Recent film roles include The Mule , Truth , The Broken Shore and Ladies in Black .
Hazlehurst is a regular freelance presenter on 774 ABC Melbourne.
Credits include The Man from Mukinupin, On Our Selection, Traitors, Hamlet, No Names, No Packdrill, Cut and Thrust, Frankie & Johnny in the Claire De Lune, for the STC: Navigating (Dir: Marin Potts) The Breath of Life, Woman in Mind, for the MTC: Grace, (Dir: Marion Potts), Madagascar, (Dir: Sam Strong) and The Heretic, (Dir: Matt Scholten). In 2014 she appeared in a critically acclaimed production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Dir: Declan Eames) for the Kin Collective at 45 Downstairs. In 2015 and 2016 Noni performed in a one-woman play, Mother, (Dir: Matt Scholten), written for her by Daniel Keene, on a national tour produced by If Theatre & Regional Arts Victoria. Mother received two Helpmann Awards nominations for Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Play and Best Regional Touring Production for If Theatre. Mother was performed at Belvoir Street Theatre in early 2018 and was presented at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in August 2018. Hazlehurst won the 2018 Matilda Award for Best Female Actor in a Leading Role for Mother.
|1974||The Box||Sharon Lewis||Regular|
|Division 4||Tania Clarke||Eye Witness (Season 6, episode 36)|
|1975||Homicide||Linda Williams||Long Weekend (Season 12, episode 23)|
|Matlock Police||Karen Simpson|
Forget Me Not (Season 5, episode 187)
A Dangerous Sort of Man (Season 5, episode 194)
|The Last of the Australians||Joanna||The Hydrochondriac (Season 1, episode 6)|
|Division 4||Sara Carr |
|What Will my Friends Say? (Season 7, episode 12)|
1956 and All That(Season 7, episode 27)
Just for Kicks (Season 7, episode 29)
|1976||The Sullivans||Lill Duggan||12 episodes|
|1978||Case for the Defence||Julia||Without Consent (Season 1, episode 5)|
|1979||Ride on Stranger||Beryl||4 episodes|
|1981||And Here Comes Bucknuckle||Lil||6 episodes|
|Sporting Chance||One More Season (Season 1, Episodes 8)|
|1983||The Weekly's War||Dorothy Drain||TV mini series|
|1987||The Shiralee||Lily||TV Mini-series|
|Nancy Wake||Nancy Wake||2 episodes|
|1989||Fields of Fire||Dawn||TV mini-series|
|1993||Under the Skin||Grandma's Teeth (Season 1, Episodes 3)|
|1998||Twisted||Annie Martin||Dancing Partners (Season 1, Episode 6)|
|2007||The Librarians||Jan the midwife||Deliverance (Season 2, Episode 5)|
|2007-2011||City Homicide||Bernice Waverley||Regular- 84 episodes|
|2013||Redfern Now||Margaret||"Where The Heart Is" (Season 2, Episode 1)|
|2013-2018||A Place to Call Home||Elizabeth Bligh /|
|Regular 67 episodes|
|2017-2019||The Letdown||Ambrose||Regular 9 episodes|
|2020||The End||Pamela Hardy||Regular|
|1976||The Judging Ring|
|1978||Bit Part||Zelda||ABC television film|
|1989||Naked Under Capricorn||Monica Marriner||Network Nine television film|
|2000||Waiting at the Royal||Eloise||Australian Film Institute Awards |
2000: Won – Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Telefeature or Mini-Series
|2006||Stepfather of the Bride||Sophie||television film|
|2007||Curtin||Elsie Curtin||television film|
|2013||The Broken Shore||Sybil Cashin||ABC television film|
|1974||Parent Teacher Interviews||Miss Stevens-Teacher||29 minutes|
|1990||Breaking Through||Therapist||52 minutes|
|2008||Seven Seven Seven||Jess||32 minutes|
|2009||A Parachute Falling in Siberia||Katherine||14 minutes|
|2010||Tegan the Vegan||Mrs. Poodle / Mother (voice)||13 minutes|
|2018||Della Mortika||Mrs. Crotchett Smythe||17 minutes|
|1977||The Getting of Wisdom|
|1980||Fatty Finn||Myrtle Finn||Australian Film Institute Awards|
***1981: Nominated – Best Actress in a Lead Role
|1985||Fran||Fran||Australian Film Institute Awards |
***1982: Won – Best Actress in a Lead Role
|1987||Australian Dream||Dorothy Stubbs|
|1991||Clowning Around||Sarah Gunner|
|2005||Little Fish||Janelle Heart|| Won: AFI Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2005 |
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards
***2005 Best Actress in a Supporting Role
|2006||Candy||Elaine Wyatt|| Nominated: AFI Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2006 |
|2008||Bitter & Twisted||Penelope Lombard|| Nominated: AFI Award for Best Actress in 2008 |
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards
***2009 Best Actress
|2014||The Mule||Judy Jenkins|
|2018||Ladies in Black||Miss Cartwright|
|2020||Wedding of the Year||Barb||post-production|
|2021||Long Story Short||The Stranger|
|1980||Logie Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Series||Ride On Stranger||Won|
|1981||Australian Film Institute Awards||Best Actress in a Lead Role||Fatty Finn||Nominated|
|1982||Australian Film Institute Awards||Best Actress in a Lead Role||Monkey Grip||Won|
|1985||Australian Film Institute Awards||Best Actress in a Lead Role||Fran||Won|
|Logie Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Single Series||Waterfront||Nominated|
|1989||ARIA Awards||Best Children's Album||Shout and Whisper||Nominated|
|Logie Awards||Most Popular Actress in a Miniseries/Telemovie||The Shiralee||Nominated|
|1990||ARIA Awards||Best Children's Album||Peter and the Wolf/Carnival of the Animals||Nominated|
|1992||Noni Sings Day and Night Songs and Rhymes from Play School||Nominated|
|2000||Australian Film Institute Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Telefeature or Mini-Series||Waiting For Royal||Won|
|2005||AACTA Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Little Fish||Won|
|Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||"Little Fish"||Won|
|2006||AACTA Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Candy||Nominated|
|Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||"Candy"||Nominated|
|2008||Australian Film Institute Awards||Best Actress||Bitter & Twisted||Nominated|
|2009||Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards||Best Actress||"Bitter & Twisted"||Won|
|2014||Equity Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast: Drama Series||"Redfern Now"||Won|
|2015||Australian Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||"The Mule"||Nominated|
|Helpmann Awards||Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Play||"Mother"||Nominated|
|2018||AACTA Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Ladies in Black||Nominated|
|Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||"Ladies in Black||Won|
|The Matilda Awards||Best Female Actor in a Leading Role||Mother||Won|
|1991||Variety Club of Australia||'Top Hat' Achievement Award|
|1995||National Honours||Member of the Order of Australia for her services to children and the performing arts|
|2016||Logie Awards||Logie Hall of Fame|
Hazlehurst has also been an ambassador for Barnardo's Mother of the Year, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by her alma mater Flinders University in 2007.
In 1994 a painting of Hazlehurst by artist Rosemary Valadon titled Noni Hazlehurst – Summer '94 Waiting Again was a finalist in the Archibald Prize.
Hazlehurst married director Kevin Dobson,and she subsequently married John Jarratt in circa 1987. She and Jarratt have two sons. After separating from Jarratt in August 1999, she dated cameraman Ian Marden.
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