Pia Miranda

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Pia Miranda
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Miranda at the Goddess premiere in Sydney
Born1973 (age 4748)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Education Sacré Cœur School
Victoria University, Melbourne (BA)
Atlantic Theater Company
Luke Hanigan
(m. 2001)

Pia Miranda (born 1973) is an Australian actress whose career was launched with her role in the 2000 feature film Looking for Alibrandi , an Australian film based on the novel of the same name by Melina Marchetta.


Miranda was the winner of Australian Survivor in 2019.

Film and television career

Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Miranda spent the majority of her early life travelling throughout Australia with her family, attending a large number of schools. After completing her high school certificate at the Sacré Cœur School, [1] Miranda studied history and drama at La Trobe University [2] before transferring to Victoria University, where she majored in drama and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Performance Studies) in 1996. [3] [4] [5]

After university, Miranda studied drama at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York for one year [6] before playing Karen Oldman on the Australian soap Neighbours , from 1998 to 1999. At this time, she was also starring in the ABC television series 'Bondi Banquet', playing Jo Tognetti. This was the starting point for Miranda's future success within the Australian film and television industry, quickly being chosen for the role of Josephine Alibrandi in the hugely successful Australian movie Looking for Alibrandi , directed by Kate Woods in 1999.[ citation needed ]

The movie was based on the novel written by Melina Marchetta in 1992, where seventeen-year-old Josephine Alibrandi deals with the stresses of Year Twelve, her illegitimacy, the reunion with her father, new-found companionship, the death of her close friend and life as a third-generation migrant in contemporary Australian society. Miranda co-starred with fellow prominent Australian actors Kick Gurry, Anthony LaPaglia, Greta Scacchi, Elana Cotta and Matthew Newton. The movie received critical acclaim, with Pia Miranda receiving the Australian Film Institute award in 2000 for Best Actress for her performance. [7] [8] Her role in Looking for Alibrandi also earned her a nomination in 2001 for an FCCA Award in the Best Actor - Female category which she lost to Julia Blake. [9]

In 2002, Miranda played a small role in the US movie, Queen of the Damned , although her scene was cut from the film as it appeared on the DVD. Also in 2002, Pia Miranda starred in The Doppelgangers. The movie was part of a project where eight Australian filmmakers were given a short film script by celebrated writer Brendan Cowell. Filmmakers had to name their own film and characters and adhere to a set of rules, such as shooting on digital cameras and making no dialogue changes. The project had limited success.[ citation needed ]

Following The Doppelgangers, Miranda starred in another Australian film Garage Days , playing Tanya. The coming-of-age comedy revolved around a young Sydney band trying to gain a foothold in the competitive pub rock scene. The movie was well received within Australia and is available on DVD. In 2003, Miranda played the role of Leanne Ferris in Travelling Light, about two sisters growing up in Adelaide in the early 1970s. Following this, Miranda also starred in Right Here Right Now in 2004.[ citation needed ]

Though Miranda is best known as a film actress, she has also featured in some television series. She was a recurring guest star on the long-running drama All Saints in 1998, the drama The Time of Our Lives in 2013 and 2014, and the popular Australian drama The Secret Life of Us , playing Talia. [6] Miranda has also been featured in The Glass House , Grass Roots and the Australian talk shows The Panel and The Project. [10]

Miranda has also worked as a celebrity artist for A Midwinter Night's Dream, a ticketed charity auction of art with pillow cases as the medium and inspired by the childhood dreams of artists and celebrities, to raise money for War Child Australia and was a judge for the 2005 Project Greenlight competition alongside fellow actors such as Sam Worthington. Miranda's sister, Nicole, starred in the Australian film Moving Out with Vince Colosimo.[ citation needed ] In 2014, she performed in Standing on Ceremony, nine plays on gay marriage written by Neil LaBute and Paul Rudnick. [6] [11]

Recently, Miranda starred in the popular Australian prison drama Wentworth in 2015. She has played a recurring role in the teenage comedy drama Mustangs FC as Jen since 2017. [12]

Miranda was a contestant on the sixth season of Australian Survivor . [13] A long time fan of the Survivor series, Miranda's casting resulted from an interview with the television blog TV Tonight, where she revealed her "Guilty Pleasure" of Survivor. She ultimately won the series, winning the Final Jury Vote unanimously 9–0 over fellow finalist Baden Gilbert. [14]

Personal life

In March 2001, Miranda married her boyfriend Luke Hanigan, [15] lead singer and guitarist of the Australian band Lo-Tel, [16] [17] at the Elvis Presley chapel in Las Vegas after four months of dating. [4] [5] The couple have two children, Lily and James. [18] [19]



2000 Looking for Alibrandi Josie AlibrandiWon ⁠— AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated ⁠— FCCA Award for Best Actor, Female
2002 Queen of the Damned Jesse's Roommate
2002 Garage Days Tanya
2002The DoppelgangersCornellShort
2003 Travelling Light Leanne Ferris
2004Right Here Right NowMads
2007The Girl Who Swallowed BeesGirlShort
2008 Three Blind Mice Sally
2008 The Tender Hook Daisy
2011Surviving GeorgiaHeidi
2013 Goddess Sophie


1998–1999 Neighbours Karen Oldman 19 episodes
1999Bondi BanquetJo Tognetti
2000 All Saints Brittany Finlay6 episodes
2003 Grass Roots Ruth LevineEpisode: "Youth"
2003–2004 The Secret Life of Us Talia7 episodes
2011 The Jesters VoiceEpisode: "Go For Gold"
2011 Sea Patrol Tracey McQueenEpisode: "Lifeline"
2013–2014 The Time of Our Lives Kristen6 episodes
2015 Wentworth Jodie Spiteri8 episodes
2017–present Mustangs FC Jen26 episodes
2018 True Story with Hamish & Andy Mrs. DEpisode:"Stephen’s Meet The Parents Story"
2018 Back in Very Small Business Sandi2 episodes
2019WelfareDr. Michele HendersonEpisode: "PTSD"
2019 Australian Survivor 2019: Champions vs Contenders II Herself/ContestantSole Survivor
2019The Drop OffNicola McGinty2 episodes


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