Leah Maree Purcell is a renowned Aboriginal Australian actress, director, playwright, and novelist. Among her most celebrated works are the television series “Redfern Now” and “Wentworth,” as well as the film “The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson,” which she wrote, directed, and starred in.

Let’s explore the Wiki of Leah Purcell and learn some facts about Leah’s Web Series, husband, children, Movies, and career in detail.

Leah Purcell Wiki & Early Life

Leah Purcell Wiki

Leah Purcell was born on August 14, 1970 (Age: 53 years old), in Murgon, Queensland, Australia. She is the youngest of seven children in a family of Aboriginal (Goa–Gunggari–Wakka Wakka Murri) and white Australian descent. Her childhood was marked by the challenges of caring for her ill mother and dealing with her issues of alcohol use and teenage motherhood, which led her to move to Brisbane.

Full NameLeah Purcell
Nick NameLeah 
ProfessionActress, Film Director, Novelist & Playwright
Age53 years old
Date of Birth14 August 1970
Zodiac/Sun SignLeo
Current AddressSydney, New South Wales, Australia

Leah Purcell Husband, Boyfriend, and Relationship 

Leah Purcell is in a long-term relationship with Bain Stewart, who is also her business partner in their production company. The couple have a daughter who was born on September 1988 and two grandchildren. But we don’t have their names. 

Relationship StatusMarried
Husband/BoyfriendHusband: Bain Stewart

Leah Purcell Family

Leah’s family background includes her father, who was a butcher and a boxing trainer. Details about her mother and siblings are less public, but her family’s mixed heritage and her father’s professions have influenced her personal and professional life.

Parent’s NameFather:  Yet to be updated
Mother: Yet to be updated    
SiblingsYet to be updated    

Leah Purcell Career

Early Career

Leah began her career in the mid-1990s, moving to Sydney in 1996 to work as a presenter on a music video cable television station, RED Music Channel. She gained recognition through her roles in Australian television series such as “Police Rescue” and “Fallen Angels.”

Current Career

Today, Leah Purcell continues to be a powerful force in Australian cinema and theatre. Her latest projects include starring in and directing the series “High Country” and appearing in the Amazon miniseries “The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart.”

Leah Purcell movies and TV shows


1999Somewhere in the DarknessLulu
2002BeginningsPolice Officer
2003Lennie Cahill Shoots ThroughDoctor
2005The PropositionQueenie
2014My MistressAudrey
2015Last Cab to DarwinSonya
2022The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly JohnsonMolly Johnson

Television/Web Series

1996Police RescueConstable Tracey Davis
1997Fallen AngelsSharon Walker
1998Water RatsSarah Lane
2000–01BeastmasterThe Black Apparition
2001The Lost WorldWitch Doctor
2002Bad Cop, Bad CopLorraine Simpson
2007Love My WayCaroline Syron
2007The Starter WifeHannah Sprints
2008McLeod’s DaughtersTerri Barker
2009My PlaceEllen
2012–13Redfern NowGrace
2015House of HancockHilda Kickett
2015Mary: The Making of a PrincessToni Klan
2015–16Love ChildDaisy
2016Janet KingHeather O’Connor
2016–18Black ComedyGuest Performer
2018–21WentworthRita Connors
2019Wentworth: Behind the BarsSelf
2020Wentworth: Behind the Bars 2Self
2021All My Friends Are RacistJustice Janelle Ray AO
2021Wentworth: UnlockedSelf
2022Childish DeanoMrs Narkle
2022Krystal KlairvoyantDeborah
2023The Lost Flowers of Alice HartTwig
2024High CountryAndrea Whitford

Production Credits

2004Black Chicks TalkingDirector
2009Aunty Maggie and the Womba WakgunDirector
2009My PlaceWriter
2012She SayDirector/Writer
2012Redfern NowDirector
2016The Secret DaughterDirector
2019My Life Is MurderDirector
2021All My Friends Are RacistExecutive Producer
2022The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly JohnsonDirector, writer & producer
2022The TwelveWriter 
2023Is That You Ruthie?Writer & Director: Theatre play
2024High CountryExecutive Producer/Culture consultant
TBAKoa Kid


Matilda Awards1994Best New Talent(Highly Commended)Won
Deadly Awards1995Best New TalentWon
Deadly Awards1999Female Artist of the YearWon
NSW Premier’s Literary Awards1999Nick Enright Prize for PlaywritingWon
Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards2000Drama Script (Stage) AwardWon
Deadly Awards2001Indigenous Female Music Artist of the YearWon
IF Awards2001Best ActressWon
Brisbane International Film Festival2002Audience AwardWon
IF Awards2002Best DocumentaryWon
Green Room Awards2004Best Actress in a PlayWon
Bob Maza Fellowship2006Best Actress in a PlayWon
Deadly Awards2006Actor of the YearWon
Deadly Awards2007Actor of the YearWon
Helpmann Awards2008Best Female Actor in a PlayWon
Deadly Awards2009Actor of the YearWon
Matilda Awards2010Best Female Actor in a PlayWon
Matilda Trophy for Directing & Acting Contribution to Indigenous Community with ArtsWon
AACTA Awards2013Best Lead Actress in a Television DramaWon
Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Awards2014Won
AWGIE Awards2016Children’s Television – C ClassificationWon
Sydney Theatre Awards2016Best New Australian WorkWon
Awgie Awards2017Best PlayWon
2017David Williamson Award for Excellence in TheatreWon
Helpmann Awards2017Best New Australian WorkWon
NSW Premier’s Literary Awards2017Nick Enright Prize for PlaywritingWon
NSW Premier’s Literary Awards2017Book of the YearWon
NSW Premier’s Literary Awards2017Indigenous Writers PrizeWon
Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards2017Prize for DramaWon
Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards2017Prize for LiteratureWon
UNESCO City of Film Award2017Won
National Dreamtime Awards2018Female Actor of the YearWon
Asia Pacific Screen Awards2021APSA Jury Grand PrizeWon
Australian Screen Industry Network AwardsBest Writer/ScreenplayWon
AACTA Awards2022Best Actress in a Leading RoleWon
Australian Directors’ Guild2022Best Direction in a Debut Feature FilmWon
Gold Coast Film Festival (Chauvel Award)2022Won
Film Critics Circle of Australia2023Best ActressWon

Leah Purcell Height & Weight

Leah Purcell Height
Height In centimeters: 170 cm
In meters: 1.70 m
In feet & inches: 5’ 7’’ 
WeightYet to be updated

Leah Purcell Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

TwitterTwitter Icon@LeahPurcell15
InstagramInstagram Profile@leahpurcell
FacebookFacebook Profile@Leah-Purcell-Official

10 Interesting Facts About Leah Purcell

  1. Leah debuted in the film “Somewhere in the Darkness” in 1999.
  2. She has won multiple awards for “The Drover’s Wife.”
  3. In 2021, Purcell was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.
  4. Her partner, Bain Stewart, is the lead producer on many of her projects.
  5. Leah advocates for First Nations people through her work.
  6. She has received numerous AACTA and Helpmann Awards.
  7. Leah performs her stunts in the series “Wentworth.”
  8. Her novel “The Drover’s Wife” is a bestseller.
  9. She started her career in community theatre in Brisbane.
  10. Leah also works as a cultural consultant in addition to acting and directing.


What ethnicity is Leah Purcell?

Leah’s ethnicity is “Aboriginal.” Leah Purcell was born on 14 August 1970. She is a well-known Australian actor, director, novelist & playwright who grew up in Murgon, Queensland.

Why is Leah Purcell important?

Leah Purcell is known for her award-winning roles in TV dramas like “Police Rescue,” “Fallen Angels,” “Redfern Now,” “Janet King.”

How many children does Leah Purcell have?

Leah Purcall has a daughter, who was born on September 1988 two grandchildren.