Alice Ansara is an Australian actress and dramaturg who works in film, television and theatre.
Ansara is the daughter of documentary filmmaker, Martha Ansara and Master Builder Bill Ethell. Ansara began working as an actor as a child and also traveled Australia whilst her mother made films. In her teens, she spent time in Colombia, South America, becoming fluent in Spanish. Ansara also signs Auslan (Australian Sign Language). She attended the Australian Theatre for Young People in Sydney and later trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
She is the mother of two children, Mavis and Esther.
Ansara's first significant role was as young Cathy Ann in the award-winning Australian telemovie Breaking Through. She continued to work professionally across film and television into her adolescence. Before finishing high school, Ansara landed the lead role of Lucia in the 2001 Australian movie La Spagnola, which debuted at the Sydney Film Festival and garnered her Best Actress nominations at the 2001 Australian Film Institute Awards (now AACTA Awards) and the 2002 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards.
After graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Ansara starred in Rosebery 7470 for which she won a Best Actress Award at the 2006 Melbourne Underground Film Festival. She also began working in theatre, including with leading Australian companies: Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company, Monkey Baa Theatre and Bell Shakespeare. In 2009 Ansara was chosen by Artistic Directors Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton as one of nine actors in the Sydney Theatre Company's acting ensemble known as "The Residents".
Ansara was part of the core cast of the TV comedy series Bogan Pride, playing Rebel Wilson's best friend Nigella. She has played various characters, including Lamees, in the first two seasons of Nazeem Hussain's television sketch comedy Legally Brown.
Ansara has directed two short documentaries in Auslan for The Deaf Society of NSW, including Jacobs Story, commissioned by the Australian Human Rights Commission. She has also served as a member of the Society's Centenary History sub-committee in the creation of the website Deaf in New South Wales: a Community History. In 2013 she received a Mike Walsh Fellowship to study deaf theatre practices in Scandinavia.
|1997||She’s Not Very Beautiful||Jane||(Lead) Short Film|
|1997||The One That Got Away||Maria||(Lead) Short Film|
|2000||La Spagnola||Lucia||(Lead) Best Actress Nomination AFI Awards, FCCC Awards|
|2005||Rosebery 7470||Alison||(Lead) Best Actress Award MUFF Awards|
|2006||Meditations on a Name||Wattle||(Lead) Short Film - DOP Bonnie Elliot’s directorial debut|
|2007||Sexy, Single, Bilingual||Zoya||(Lead) Short Film|
|2008||The Ballad of Betty & Joe||Betty||(Lead) Short Film|
|2008||The Ladies Lounge||Layla||(Lead) Short Film won Queer Perspective Award, Sydney Queer Film Festival|
|2014||Shock Room||Lana||Feature Documentary won Best Feature Documentary Antenna Documentary Film Festival|
|2017||Deep Storage||Sylvia||(Lead) Short Film won Audience Award for Best Short Film at Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival|
|2017||Beyond the Bubble||Denise||Short Film|
|2018||Judy and Punch||Alice|
|1990||Breaking Through||Young Ann|
|1997||The Teenage Guide to Popularity||Amy|
|2007||All Saints||Detective Grant|
|2008||Bogan Pride||Nigella||BFF of Rebel Wilson’s character Jenny|
|2010||My Place||Mrs Stockton||Directors: Michael James Rowland & Rachel Ward|
|2013||Legally Brown – Season 1||Lamees/Various|
|2014||Legally Brown – Season 2||Lamees/Various|
|2015||Moonman||Mum||Director: Clayton Jacobsen|
|2017||Newton's Law||Carla||Director: Jennifer Leacey|
|2002||A Midsummer Nights Dream||Titania||WAAPA|
|2003||The Innocent Mistress||Mrs Flywife||WAAPA|
|2005||Pearlie in the Park||Mrs Possum||Monkey Baa|
|2006||The Merchant of Venice||Jessica||Bell Shakespeare|
|2008||Arabian Night||Fatima||Griffin Stablemates|
|2009||The Mysteries: Genesis||Lucifer/Abel||The Sydney Theatre Company|
|2009||Seagull||The Seagull||Screw Theatre Company|
|2010||Leviathan||Caroline Chisolm||The Sydney Theatre Company|
|2010||Vs Macbeth||Lennox||The Sydney Theatre Company|
|2010||The Oresteia||Chorus||The Sydney Theatre Company|
|2010||The Comedy of Errors||Adriana||The Sydney Theatre Company|
|2011||One for the Ugly Girls||Claire||505 Theatre|
|2012||Look the Other Way||Ensemble||STC/BYDS|
|2013||The Other Way||Mara||STC/BYDS|
|2014||Jump for Jordan||Sophia||Griffin Theatre Company|
|2015||I Call My Brothers||Ahlem/Tyra||Melbourne Theatre Company|
|2015||The Naked Self||Guide||Auspicious Arts Projects|
|2015||Going and Going||Laila||ABC Radio National, Tanya Dickson|
- "Breaking Through" – via www.imdb.com.
- Stratton, David; Stratton, David (12 August 2001). "La Spagnola".
- "Urban Cinefile LA SPAGNOLA". www.urbancinefile.com.au.
- "AACTA – Past Winners – 2000–2010 – 2001". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- "Urban Cinefile FCCA AWARDS 2002 - NOMINATIONS". www.urbancinefile.com.au.
- "Rosebery 7470" – via www.imdb.com.
- "FilmBizarro.com - From extreme underground horror reviews to independent arthouse and beyond". www.filmbizarro.com.
- "Melbourne Underground Film Festival (2006)". IMDb.
- Schwartzkoff, Louise (13 June 2009). "New kids on block have an edgy agenda". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
- "Bogan Pride: Meet the Cast". SBS Website. 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- "Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW - Home". www.actorsbenevolentfund.org.au.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Deaf in New South Wales: A Community History". Deaf in New South Wales: A Community History.
- "Mike Walsh O.B.E. - Official Website". www.mikewalsh.com.au.
- "NFSA - Error". colsearch.nfsa.gov.au.