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Hazlehurst on Balance with Deborah Hutton in 2016
Leonie Elva Hazlehurst

(1953-08-17) 17 August 1953 (age 68)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Partner(s)Ian Marden (2003–2013)

Leonie Elva "Noni" Hazlehurst AM , (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.


Early life

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, [1] [2] and migrated to Australia in 1951. [3]

Television work

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) [4] and Barnardos. [5] 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., [6] 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.

Film work

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 .

Radio work

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.



1974The BoxSharon LewisRegular
Division 4 Tania ClarkeEye Witness (Season 6, episode 36)
1975 Homicide Linda WilliamsLong 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 JoannaThe Hydrochondriac (Season 1, episode 6)
Division 4Sara Carr
Helen Jenkins
Jan Kennedy
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 Duggan12 episodes
1978 Case for the Defence JuliaWithout Consent (Season 1, episode 5)
1979 Ride on Stranger Beryl4 episodes
JokesVarious characters
1981 And Here Comes Bucknuckle Lil6 episodes
Sporting ChanceOne More Season (Season 1, Episodes 8)
1983 The Weekly's War Dorothy Drain TV mini series
1984 Waterfront MaggieTV Mini-series
1987 The Shiralee LilyTV Mini-series
Nancy Wake Nancy Wake2 episodes
1989 Fields of Fire DawnTV mini-series
1993 Under the Skin Grandma's Teeth (Season 1, Episodes 3)
1993Lizzie's Librarynarrator
1998TwistedAnnie MartinDancing Partners (Season 1, Episode 6)
2007 The Librarians Jan the midwifeDeliverance (Season 2, Episode 5)
2007-2011 City Homicide Bernice WaverleyRegular- 84 episodes
2013 Redfern Now Margaret"Where The Heart Is" (Season 2, Episode 1)
2013-2018 A Place to Call Home Elizabeth Bligh /
Elizabeth Goddard
Regular 67 episodes
2017-2019 The Letdown AmbroseRegular 9 episodes
2020The EndPamela HardyRegular

Television film

1976The Judging Ring
1978 Bit Part Zelda ABC television film
1989 Naked Under Capricorn Monica Marriner Network Nine television film
2000 Waiting at the Royal EloiseAustralian Film Institute Awards
2000: Won – Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Telefeature or Mini-Series
2006Stepfather of the BrideSophietelevision film
2007 Curtin Elsie Curtin television film
2013 The Broken Shore Sybil CashinABC television film

Short film

1974Parent Teacher InterviewsMiss Stevens-Teacher29 minutes
1990Breaking ThroughTherapist52 minutes
2008Seven Seven SevenJess32 minutes
2009A Parachute Falling in SiberiaKatherine14 minutes
2010 Tegan the Vegan Mrs. Poodle / Mother (voice)13 minutes
2018Della MortikaMrs. Crotchett Smythe17 minutes


1977 The Getting of Wisdom
1980 Fatty Finn Myrtle FinnAustralian Film Institute Awards
***1981: Nominated – Best Actress in a Lead Role
1982 Monkey Grip Nora
1985 Fran FranAustralian Film Institute Awards
***1982: Won – Best Actress in a Lead Role
1987 Australian Dream Dorothy Stubbs
1991 Waiting Claire
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
2015 Truth Nicki Burkett
2018 Ladies in Black Miss Cartwright
2020June AgainJunepost-production
2020Wedding of the YearBarbpost-production
2021 Long Story Short The Stranger

Awards and nominations

1980Logie AwardBest Supporting Actress in a SeriesRide On StrangerWon
1981Australian Film Institute AwardsBest Actress in a Lead RoleFatty FinnNominated
1982Australian Film Institute AwardsBest Actress in a Lead RoleMonkey GripWon
1985Australian Film Institute AwardsBest Actress in a Lead RoleFranWon
Logie AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Single SeriesWaterfrontNominated
1989ARIA AwardsBest Children's AlbumShout and WhisperNominated
Logie AwardsMost Popular Actress in a Miniseries/TelemovieThe ShiraleeNominated
1990ARIA AwardsBest Children's AlbumPeter and the Wolf/Carnival of the AnimalsNominated
1992Noni Sings Day and Night Songs and Rhymes from Play SchoolNominated
2000Australian Film Institute AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Telefeature or Mini-SeriesWaiting For RoyalWon
2005AACTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressLittle FishWon
Film Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role"Little Fish"Won
2006AACTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressCandyNominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role"Candy"Nominated
2008Australian Film Institute AwardsBest ActressBitter & TwistedNominated
2009Film Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actress"Bitter & Twisted"Won
2014 Equity Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast: Drama Series"Redfern Now"Won
2015Australian Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role"The Mule"Nominated
Helpmann Awards Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Play"Mother"Nominated
2018AACTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressLadies in BlackNominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role"Ladies in BlackWon
The Matilda AwardsBest Female Actor in a Leading RoleMotherWon

Other Awards

1991Variety Club of Australia'Top Hat' Achievement Award
1995National HonoursMember of the Order of Australia for her services to children and the performing arts [7]
2016Logie 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. [8]

Cultural references

In 1994 a painting of Hazlehurst by artist Rosemary Valadon titled Noni Hazlehurst – Summer '94 Waiting Again was a finalist in the Archibald Prize.

Personal life

Hazlehurst married director Kevin Dobson, [9] and she subsequently married John Jarratt in circa 1987. She and Jarratt have two sons. After separating from Jarratt in August 1999, [10] [4] she dated cameraman Ian Marden. [11]

Her son, William, is the former vocalist for Melbourne death pop band Storm The Sky. [12]

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