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One of Australia's leading and best loved actresses, Sigrid Thornton has starred in many of the films which are now regarded as classics of the Australian cinema, including, George Miller's box office hit, The Man From Snowy River, (Fox Classics), The Lighthorsemen, (RKO), directed by Simon Wincer, Slate Wyn And Me, (Hemdale) and The Man From Snowy River II, (Disney – Touchstone) In addition, she has starred in several very successful television productions including Sea Change, for Granada / Artist Services, The Boy In The Bush for Channel Four / ABC, co-starring Kenneth Brannagh and The Far Country co-starring Michael York and 1915 for BBC / 7 Network.

The Man From Snowy River performed very well at the US box office and is regularly screened on cable and free to air networks throughout the world. The mini series, All The Rivers Run, made for the Seven Network and HBO, set Australian ratings history and was a hit on US cable station, Home Box Office and was a top rating series throughout Europe. Sigrid consolidated her profile in the United States following several seasons in her starring role as Amelia Lawson in the popular western series Paradise for Lorimar Television and CBS. David Jacobs, veteran Producer, of Paradise, Dallas & Knots Landing, specifically tailored the role for Sigrid, rewriting the character to make her "Australian". Sigrid was one of the first Australian actors to have a network series lead on US Television. Along with recipients, including Clint Eastwood, John Houston and other western icons, Sigrid was awarded the highly prestigious Cowboy Hall of Fame award for best T.V. contribution to Western Heritage for Stray Bullet, an episode of "Paradise" in which her character, Amelia Lawson, is accidentally shot.

Since returning from the US Sigrid did the TV movie The Feds and earned rave reviews and an AFI best actress nomination for her episode of GP. Sigrid was chosen by SHOWTIME to write and present their Cinematheque segment of film reviews for the Foxtel and Galaxy cable networks. Gabrielle Lord’s Whipping Boy starred Sigrid opposite Temuera Morrison from Once Were Warriors winning the rating slot for Network Ten. The second series of the ABC / Artist Services production, SeaChange was an unprecedented ratings success and award winner for the national broadcaster becoming the No. 1 show on Australian TV. Sigrid was closely involved with the development and production of the first ABC co production, Great Expectations The Untold Story taking the position as Associate Producer.  Sigrid's more recent TV appearances include hosting the award winning lifestyle show, What's Good For You and the ratings winning telemovie, Little Oberon Oberon for the Nine Network.  Sigrid recently was seen in the Logie winning drama Underbelly 3 for Screentime & the Nine Network.

Sigrid is currently on cinema screens starring in Michael Rymer's highly acclaimed Face To Face which has won over 15 international awards.

Sigrid has worked extensively behind the cameras on behalf of the film and television industry, the arts and various charities. Sigrid was chosen by the Australian senate to be the master of ceremonies at the International Parliamentary Union Conference in Canberra and was also MC at the Nelson Mandela reconciliation Conference held in Melbourne. Sigrid acted as one of the Australian representatives on an official Australian film delegation to China and also on a cultural exchange delegation to Vietnam. She served several terms as a member of the board of the Australian Film Institute as well as serving as the patron for Women in Film and Television. Sigrid was appointed to the Commercial Television Production Fund in 1995 for a three year term and chaired the Victorian Film and TV taskforce in 2000. Sigrid currently serves on the board of Film Victoria and was the keynote speaker at the "Arts Angels" program for the Victorian Arts Centre Trust which raised millions of dollars for the arts. Sigrid continues to do extensive work with children and World Vision. Sigrid is also the patron of the Feelix project for the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind's Braille Program for Children. Sigrid was recently appointed to the board of the Malthouse Theatre.

At the Peoples Choice Awards Sigrid received the Favourite Actress and Favourite TV star awards with Seachange receiving the Favourite Television drama award and the TV Week Logie for "Most outstanding actress in a series". Sigrid recently received a Mo Award for best performance by an actress in a play for her sell out National tour of The Blue Room. Sigrid has been nominated for a best actress AFI award for Little Oberon. Sigrid toured nationally in Alan Bennett's play Talking Heads with British actress, Brenda Blethyn. Sigrid recently completed a season of Sonheim's 'A Little Night Music' in Melbourne and at the Sydney Opera House.   Sigrid lives in a converted stable with her husband, son and daughter and her Labradoodle dog – Baz.


Theatre

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

Opera Australia (Desiree)

2009  Lead

TALKING HEADS

National Tour with Brenda Blethyn

2007 Lead

THE BLUE ROOM

ICA National Tour 

2002 Lead

BETRAYAL

Melbourne Theatre Company

2001  Lead

Television MOW's, Series, Pilots & Documentaries

UNDERBELLY 3

Screentime / Nine Network

2009 Guest lead

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

Aretemis Films / SBS Network

2009 Herself

WHAT'S GOOD FOR YOU?

Beyond / Nine Network

2006- 7 Host

UMNEY'S LAST CASE

Coote Hayes / Turner Network

2005 Cameo

LITTLE OBERON

Christie Films / Nine Network

2005 Lead

MDA series 3

Screentime / ABC

2005 Guest Lead

SEA CHANGE series 1, 2 & 3

Artist Services / ABC

1997-2000 Lead

WHIPPING BOY

JNP

1996 Lead

GP

Roadshow Coote & Carroll(ABC)

1994 Guest role

TRAPPED IN SPACE

Village Roadshow Pictures1993

1993 Lead

FEDS

Crawford Productions

1993 Lead

CHILDREN AT THE EDGE

Pilgrim/Worldvision

1993 Presenter

PARADISE (pilot & 3 seasons)

Lorimar Productions CBS

1988-92 Lead run

THE COMEDY COMPANY

Network TEN

1987 Guest role

COP SHOP

Crawford Productions

1981 Guest role

BELLAMY

Grundy Productions

1981 Guest role

SKYWAYS

Crawford Productions

1980 Guest role

COP SHOP

Crawford Productions

1980 Guest role

PRISONER

Grundy Productions

1979 Guest role

YOUNG DOCTORS

Grundy Productions

1979 Guest role

COP SHOP

Crawford Productions

1979 Guest role

CHOPPER SQUAD

Grundy Productions

1978 Guest role

FATHER, DEAR FATHER

McCabe Paradine

1978 Lead Run

TRUCKIES

A.B.C. T.V

1977 Guest role

FATHER, DEAR FATHER

McCabe Paradine

1977 Lead Run

BELLBIRD

A.B.C. T.V.

1977 Guest role

YOUNG RAMSAY

Crawford Productions

1977 Guest role

WATERLOO ST

A.B.C. T.V

1977 Guest role

HOTEL STORY

Crawford Productions

1976 Guest role

CERTAIN WOMEN

A.B.C. T.V.

1976 Guest role

CASE FOR THE DEFENCE

Grundy Productions

1976 Guest role

HOMICIDE

Crawford Productions

1975 Guest role

DIVISION FOUR

Crawford Productions

1975 Guest role

TV Mini Series

Year

 

Director

GREAT EXPECTATIONS
THE UNTOLD STORY

1986

 

Tim Burstall

THE FAR COUNTRY

1985

 

George Miller

THE BOY IN THE BUSH

1983

 

Rob Stewart

ALL THE RIVERS RUN

1981

 

George Miller
Pino Amenta

THE LAST OUTLAW

1981

 

George Miller
Kevin Dobson

1915

1981

 

Di Drew
Chris Thomson

I CAN JUMP PUDDLES

1980

 

Kevin Dobson

OUTBREAK OF LOVE

1980

 

Oscar Whitbread

LAWSON'S MATES

1979

 

Oscar Whitbread

Films

Year

 

Director

FACE TO FACE 2011 Michael Rymer
THE TELEGRAM MAN 2010 James F Khehtie
MITTENS 2003

Emma Freeman

INSPECTOR GADGET 22003 

Alex Zamm

THE PACT2002 

Strath Hamilton

LOVE IN AMBUSH

1996

 

Carl Shultz

OVER THE HILL

1991

 

George Miller

THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER II

1987

 

Geoff Burrowes

THE LIGHT HORSEMEN

1986

 

Simon Wincer

GREAT EXPECTATIONS
THE UNTOLD STORY

1986

 

Tim Burstall

SLATE WYN AND ME

1986

 

Don McLennan

NEIL LYNNE

1984

 

David Baker

STREET HERO

1983

 

Michael Pattinson

THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER

1981

 

George Miller

DUET FOR FOUR

1981

 

Tim Burstall

SNAPSHOT

1978

 

Simon Wincer

THE GETTING OF WISDOM

1977

 

Bruce Beresford

F.J. HOLDEN

1976

 

Michael Thornhill

Awards, Nominations & Awards Presenter

2008 IF Awards  SBS Network, Presenter
2007 Helpman Awards, Presenter
2006 IF Awards  SBS Network, Presenter
2005 IF Awards  SBS Network, Presenter
2005 Australian Film Awards  Best actress nomination- Television for Nine Network Telemovie, Little Oberon
2004 IF Awards  SBS Network, Presenter
2004 Mo Award for best actress in a play for The Blue Room
2003 Centenary Medal for Acting and Services to the Media
2003 IF Awards  SBS Network, Presenter
2003 Helpman Awards 
Nominated Best Actress in a play for The Blue Room.
2001 Australian Film Awards
Co Host

2000

Herald Sun Home Entertainment Guide
Voted as the Best Australian Female Actor.

2000

Logie Awards
Most outstanding actress in a series. "Seachange".

1999

Peoples Choice Awards
Favourite Actress and Favourite TV star awards with Seachange  & also received the Favourite Television drama award

1999

Cinema Owners Association of Australia
COOEE Award – Outstanding contribution to Australian Film Entertainment

1999

Australian Caption Centre
Nominated Personality of the year

1998

Moet & Chandon Contemporary Art Award at the National Gallery
Keynote speech and award presenter

1998

George Fairfax Inaugural Victorian College of the Arts Memorial
Scholarship
Speaker

1998

Australian Film Awards
Presenter best TV Actress

1997

Australian Stock Exchange (Sydney)
Co host

1996

Australian Film Awards
Co host

1995

Australian Film Awards
Presenter best TV Production

1994

Peoples Choice Awards
Presenter with Ernie Dingo of best Australian Comedy

1994

Australian Film Awards
Presenter Best Director Award, nominated for best TV actress for GP

1994

Australian Fashion Awards
Co Compeer

1994

Australian Writers Guild Awards
Presented best TV script

1993

Australian Film Awards
Co-Presenter of the Best Australian Film Award with the Prime Minister

1993

M.C. for the 90th International Parliamentary Conference Gala
Concert
-
Canberra, Australia

1993

Australian Film Awards
Appointed to the awards committee and subsequently elected to the board

1989

Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Centre
(Oklahoma, USA)
Best T.V. contribution to Western Heritage for "Paradise"

1987

Australian Film Awards
Co-presenter of Best Director Award with Sam Neill

1984

Logie Awards
Best Leading Actress in a Mini Series,"All the Rivers Run"

1984

Australian Film Awards
Presented Best Supporting Actor Award

1983

Australian Film Awards
Co-Presenter of the Best Australian Film Award with the Prime Minister

1979

Logie Awards
Nomination for Best Actress in a Mini Series,"1915"

1979

Australian Film Awards
Nomination for Best Actress in a Feature Film"Snapshot"

1975

Sammy Award
Best Television Juvenile Performance,"Homicide"

1974

Logie Awards
Best Episode in a Television Series,"Division Four" "Little Raver"

Official Titles, & Honorary Positions

2007 Appointed to the Malthouse Theatre Board
2003 Appointed as an Ambassador for World Vision International
2003 Appointed as an Ambassador for Melbourne Zoo
2002 Appointed as Ambassador for the National Gallery of Victoria
2002 Appointed to the board of Film Victoria
2001 Appointed patron of The Feelix Foundation, Royal Institute of the Blind’s Braille reading program

2000

Appointed to Chair a taskforce, appointed by the Bracks government to look into reinforcing the Victorian Film Industry.

1996-9

Re elected to the board of the Australian Film Institute

1995-8

Elected to the Commercial Television Production Fund

1994

Keynote speaker at ARTS ANGELS launch for the Vic. Arts center

1993-6

Elected to the board of the Australian Film Institute

1993

No. 1 ticket holder for the North Melbourne Football club

1993-9

Appointed Patron of Women in Film (Victoria)

1990

Voted Australia's Most Beautiful Eyes by Womans Day

1989

Voted Australia's Most Beautiful Face by Womans Day readers

1988

Representative on official Australian film delegation to China

1987

Keynote personality to promote Australian Child Safety Campaign

1987

Appointed Patron of Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation

1987

Ambassador to Australia's Expo '88

1987

Official Sponsor of World Vision 40 Day Famine

1986-89

Appointed Board member of Film Victoria

1984

Keynote address for Australian Women of the Year luncheon

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