Rarriwuy Hick

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Rarriwuy Hick
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Rarriwuy Hick in Sydney, Australia, March 2018
BornJune 21, 1990
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationActress, dancer

Rarriwuy Hick (born 1990/1991 [1] ) is an Australian actress, known for her roles in the television series Redfern Now , Cleverman and Wentworth .



Hick was born in Sydney, Australia. She grew up in both the suburb of Lilyfield, and in Dhalinybuy, an Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. [2] [3] She was raised speaking Yolŋu Matha and other Indigenous languages before learning English, and speaks seven dialects. [4] [1] Her mother, Janet Munyarryun, a Yolngu woman, was a founding member of Bangarra Dance Theatre. [3] Her father is Paul Hick who was born in England.[ citation needed ]

Throughout her education, Hick was inspired by her mother to pursue dance and the arts. She attended a Catholic girls high school and showed sufficient interest in dance to establish a troupe. [4] In 2009, she commenced studies at the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College,. [5] She was asked to audition for the Aboriginal-produced play Wrong Skin, and was successful, performing on the tour while studying. [6]

Hick was living in Arnhem Land at the time of the 2007 Northern Territory National Emergency Response. She later remarked that the intervention was not having an effect on child abuse like intended and instead that her family's lives and finances were being "completely controlled by the government". [7]

She established the dance group Yapa Mala and led its choreography. [8] [9] In 2011, she starred in the theatre play Bloodland. [10] [11]

In May 2013, Hick and other actors from theatre production The Shadow King in Melbourne were refused taxi rides by several drivers who reportedly drove off after observing that the group members were of Indigenous appearance. [12] [1]

In 2016, Hick starred in a revival of the Louis Nowra play The Golden Age by the Sydney Theatre Company and her performance and dance received praise. [13] [14]

In 2018, Hick started a social media campaign using the hashtag #ourkidsbelongwithfamilies, which became a "rallying cry" of Indigenous Australians fighting to maintain their families together against removals and resettlement of children by authorities. [15] [16]


2012 [17] TVMove It Mob StyleHerselfEpisode 4 [18]
2012FilmShe SayShort film [19]
2012FilmScarShort film [20] [8]
20122013TV Redfern Now Robyn Davis2 episodes
2013 Television film The Broken Shore Suzie Pascoe
2013Television film The Outlaw Michael Howe Mary
2013FilmThe HunterShort film [21] [8]
2014FilmOne Short DayWomanShort film [22]
2014TV The Gods of Wheat Street Electra Freeburn [23] [24] 6 episodes
2015Television film Redfern Now: Promise Me Robyn Davis
2015FilmWurinyanShort film [25]
201617TV Cleverman Latani [1] 12 episodes
2018TV Wentworth Ruby Mitchell
2018TV Black Comedy Various Characters6 episodes
2019TVMolly and CaraCara
2021TV Spreadsheet Dena
2021FilmSeriously RedPost-production


2010Wrong SkinNgurrumilmaramiriwu [26]
2012Bloodland [10] [27]
2013The Shadow KingCordelia [28]
2014Brothers WreckAdele [29] [30]
2016 The Golden Age Betsheb [31]


2011 Deadly Awards Female Actor of the YearWrong SkinNominated [32]
2012Deadly AwardsFemale Actor of the YearBloodlandNominated [33] [5]
2015 AACTA Awards Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama Redfern Now Nominated [34]
2016 Logie Awards Most Outstanding Supporting Actress "Promise Me", Redfern NowNominated [35]
2016 Equity Ensemble Awards Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries The Outlaw Michael Howe Nominated [36]

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