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Born: Established: Darwin, Darwin area, Northern Territory, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Larrakia
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1 y separately published work icon Debutante: Race, Resistance and Girl Power Nakkiah Lui (presenter), Miranda Tapsell (presenter), Audible Studios , 2020 19791973 2020 series - publisher podcast

'They’re wearing ball gowns, they’re debutantes... and they’re black. The debs’ ball is a controversial colonial export but can it be empowering too? Australia’s most celebrated young playwright Nakkiah Lui and actress Miranda Tapsell put on their hats and gloves to find out.

Nakkiah and Miranda are angry, young, vocal, Aboriginal and very, very funny. Join them on their journey, starting with a lesson on teatime etiquette in London where it all began, as they follow the debutante trail and discover that First Nations women across the globe have made this tradition their own. Nakkiah and Miranda ask: can beauty, poise and politeness actually empower them? Or is it better to get angry and start shouting?'

(Source : Audible)

1 y separately published work icon Aunty's Wedding Miranda Tapsell , Joshua Tyler , Samantha Fry (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2020 19670947 2020 single work picture book children's

'A Tiwi-Island girl prepares for Aunty's wedding with help from her maningawu in this vibrant picture book by the popular actor and writers of Top End Wedding and the highly acclaimed illustrator of Alfred's War.

'Everyone on the island is getting ready for Aunty's wedding.

'Maningawu puts on her best hat and I can wear a wurrijinga in my hair. Lucky!

'We all dress up, but I still don't understand. Why do people have a wedding?

'A warm family story that celebrates love and culture from actor, activist, writer and Australian sweetheart, Miranda Tapsell, and Joshua Tyler, co-writer of Top End Wedding, lushly illustrated by Samantha Fry.'  (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Top End Girl Miranda Tapsell , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2020 18580117 2020 single work autobiography

''Ever since I was thirteen years old, all I wanted to do was perform. It was an unusual dream for a kid from the Northern Territory to have ... what I wanted for my life was a world away from what people knew and loved about the "Top End". Even though I've moved south to become an actor, the Territory has never left me. It's the place I go to when I want to feel whole again.'

'From Kakadu to Cannes, Miranda Tapsell is one of Australia's favourite actors. A proud Larrikia woman, she built a stellar career on stage, and shot to fame in THE SAPPHIRES and then in LOVE CHILD and DOCTOR, DOCTOR.

'Growing up, Miranda often looked for faces like hers on our screens. There weren't many. And too often there was a negative narrative around Indigenous lives, and Aboriginal women especially. Now an award-winning actor, she decided to change things herself. Combining her love of romantic comedies with her love of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands and the Top End, Miranda wrote, produced and starred in the box office hit TOP END WEDDING.

'But who the hell co-writes, produces and acts in a film about a wedding in the same year they're having their own? Miranda Tapsell does!

'In this engaging and thought-provoking memoir, TOP END GIRL, Miranda shares the path she took to create a moving film about re-connection to family and culture at the same time as she was planning her own wedding. And, like all good story-tellers, she holds a mirror up to the society we live in to show the prejudice that too often surfaces. Miranda knows that the key to change is to understand and through the power of storytelling she is changing attitudes and expectations to unite us all.' (Publication summary) 

1 9 form y separately published work icon Top End Wedding Miranda Tapsell , Joshua Tyler , ( dir. Wayne Blair ) Australia : Goalpost Pictures , 2019 13859352 2019 single work film/TV

'This hilarious and heart-warming comedy is the story of successful Sydney lawyer, Lauren, and her fiancée Ned. Engaged and in love, they have just 10 days to find Lauren's mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the Northern Territory, reunite her parents and pull off their dream Top End Wedding.' (Production abstract)

1 Nobody Puts Baby Spice in a Corner Miranda Tapsell , 2018 single work life story
— Appears in: Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia 2018; (p. 229-235)

'There have been many moments in my life when I've had to take control of my own identity. I think in many ways, some more subconscious than not, I've always wanted it to be left up to me.'  (Introduction)

1 y separately published work icon Pretty For An Aboriginal Nakkiah Lui (presenter), Miranda Tapsell (presenter), BuzzFeed , 2017 19801061 2017 series - publisher podcast

'Nakkiah and Miranda have conversations Australia is uncomfortable having—about sex, relationships, dating, power, and, most difficult of all, race.'

(Source : Apple Podcasts)