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Marieke Josephine Hardy (born 26 May 1976) is an Australian writer, radio and television presenter, television producer and screenwriter and former television actress.

Marieke Hardy
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BornMarieke Josephine Hardy
(1976-05-26) 26 May 1976 (age 43)
Melbourne, Australia
  • Writer
  • actress
  • television producer
  • radio and television presenter
  • screenwriter
  • actress
Notable worksLaid
Packed to the Rafters
Last Man Standing
Short Cuts
RelativesAlan Hardy, Galia Hardy, Frank Hardy, Mary Hardy

Early life and familyEdit

Hardy is the granddaughter of Frank Hardy, author of Power Without Glory,[1] and the grandniece of comedian and radio and television presenter Mary Hardy. Her parents Alan and Galia Hardy were writers, producers and editors on several Australian television series including The Sullivans and All the Rivers Run.[2]

Hardy was educated at Carey Baptist Grammar School and Swinburne Senior Secondary College in Melbourne.



Hardy co-hosted Melbourne's 3RRR radio show Best of the Brat on Tuesday nights from April 1996 to December 2007, under the pseudonym Holly C. The show was known as "the most immature show on Australian radio".[3] Almost immediately following her departure from RRR, in January 2008 she began co-hosting the breakfast show on Triple J, the ABC's youth radio station, with Robbie Buck and Lindsay "The Doctor" McDougall.[4] In December 2009, Hardy announced she was leaving Triple J to concentrate on her writing career.[5]


Working in the entertainment industry from a young age as an actress, Hardy appeared in such television programs as The Henderson Kids II, All Together Now, Neighbours, A Country Practice and various television commercials before pursuing a career as a scriptwriter.

In 2005, Hardy co-wrote and produced a 22-episode drama series for the Seven Network called Last Man Standing. The series struggled to gain ratings for its prime-time slot[6][7] and was cancelled after one series.

Hardy was a regular panelist (or book club member) on the ABC1 literary review show, First Tuesday Book Club.[8]

After leaving Triple J in 2010, Hardy returned to television writing, working on the Comedy Channel advertising industry sitcom 30 Seconds.

Since 2008, Hardy has written 11 episodes of Packed to the Rafters, starting with the third episode of the first series. She has written episodes for every series up to the fourth.

In 2011, with Kirsty Fisher, she co-created and co-wrote a six-part TV series Laid for the ABC.[9]

Newspaper columnist and blogEdit

Hardy formerly penned a blog called Reasons You Will Hate Me under the pseudonym "Ms Fits"[10] which won a Bloggie award for Best Australia/New Zealand blog in 2008.[11]

She wrote commentary columns for The Age newspaper's "Green Guide" TV section ("Back Chat") and "Life & Style" ("formally A2") section, as well a contributing to Frankie magazine. She resigned from the "Green Guide" in November 2009 due to other writing commitments.[12]


Hardy signed a two book deal with publishers Allen & Unwin, and the first of those books, You'll Be Sorry When I'm Dead, was published in 2011. She began working on the second, a novel, in 2012.[13]

Other workEdit

Hardy started a left-wing political apparel brand with designer Sara-Jane Chase called Polichicks in 2003.[14]

As of October 2008, Hardy became a committed vegan[15][16][17][18] after completing a one-week challenge set by her Triple J co-presenter Lindsay McDougall.

Since 2010, she and writer Michaela McGuire have co-hosted the popular international literary public event Women of Letters, in which five or six women read letters they have written on a set theme.[19]

In October 2010, an article on the Liberal Party politician Christopher Pyne written by Hardy on the ABC The Drum blog site was withdrawn on the grounds that it "failed to meet the standards for argument and well-thought opinion". A public apology was issued to Pyne by The Drum editor Jonathan Green "for both the attack and for its deeply personal nature".[20]

In August 2017, it was announced that Hardy would join the annual Melbourne Writers Festival as the event's Artistic Director.



Feature films
Year Title Crew role Role Notes Ref.
1997 True Love and Chaos Out of it Woman [21]
Year Title Crew role Role Notes Ref.
2013 Mr & Mrs Murder Writer "En Vogue" (#1.3)
2011–present Laid Co-creator, series writer and co-producer All episodes [22]
2010 Spirited Writer "Cats in the Cradle" (#1.6) [23]
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation Herself Episode: #2.5 [24]
2008–2011 Packed to the Rafters Series writer Various episodes [25]
2007 Marx and Venus Writer Unknown episodes [26]
2005 Last Man Standing Series writer and producer All episodes [27]
2003 The Sleepover Club Writer Various episodes [28]
2002 Short Cuts Series writer Josephine Coxon All episodes [27]
2001 McLeod's Daughters Writer "Playing to Win" (#1.16) [29]
Always Greener Writer Various episodes [30]
Horace and Tina Writer Various episodes [31]
Wild Kat Writer Various episodes [32]
Something in the Air Writer Various episodes [33]
1998 Thunderstone Writer Sophie Various episodes [34]
Stingers Lara Kelly "Jelly Babies" (#1.9) [35]
Raw FM Lucina "Raw'n'Sore" (#1.8) [36]
1995–2003 Neighbours Writer Rhonda Brumby Various episodes [37]
1994 Ocean Girl Script assistant Unknown episodes [38]
A Country Practice Yesterday Hubble "Over The Edge" (#1.23) [39]
1993 The Late Show Passer-by in "Kelvin, Son of Melvin, Son of Alvin" Uncredited (#2.17) [40]
R.F.D.S Zoe Solomon [41]
1991 All Together Now Writer Unknown episodes [42]
1987 The Henderson Kids II Sally Marshall [43]


Children's fictionEdit

  • Short Cuts, Angus & Robertson, 2002


  • You'll be Sorry When I'm Dead, Allen & Unwin, 2011


  1. ^ Tuohy, Wendy: Standing her ground, The Age, 6 June 2005.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Jayne: Why Marieke's the natural choice for our first m-book, The Age, 7 October 2009.
  3. ^ Triple R Best of the Brat To Finish, Undercover, 5 December 2007.
  4. ^ Javes, Sue: Triple J wakes up, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 December 2007.
  5. ^ Hooley Dooley, It's a Triple J Exodus, Mess + Noise, 3 December 2009.
  6. ^ Enker, Debi: Where are the viewers?, The Age, 23 July 2005.
  7. ^ Warneke, Ross: Ratings, The Age, 14 June 2005.
  8. ^ Regular Panelist: Marieke Hardy, First Tuesday Book Club (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
  9. ^ Kalina, Paul: Getting Laid and loving it: Marieke is back in action, The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 February 2011.
  10. ^ Murray, Elicia: If the name Fits..., The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 April 2008.
  11. ^ Blogger cracks Hardy in the land of big hats, The Age, 9 April 2008.
  12. ^ Hardy, Marieke: A fond farewell, Green Guide, 17 December 2009.
  13. ^ You'll Be Sorry When I'm Dead, Allen & Unwin, 2011.
  14. ^ Marieke Hardy, scriptwriter, The Age, 14 May 2003.
  15. ^ YouTube: Marieke Hardy recommends Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook , First Tuesday Book Club (ABC1), April 2009.
  16. ^ Hardy, Marieke (2010-05-14), Animal-free crackers in my soup, Fairfax Media, archived from the original on 2010-08-20, retrieved 2012-05-02
  17. ^ Dunn, Emily (2011-08-30), Marieke Hardy, Fairfax Media, archived from the original on 2012-05-02, retrieved 2012-05-02
  18. ^ McDonald, Alyssa (2012-02-14), Writer, Rebel, Misfit, Fairfax Media, archived from the original on 2012-05-02, retrieved 2012-05-02
  19. ^ Puvanenthiran, Bhakthi. "Michaela McGuire, Marieke Hardy take Women of Letters to the world", Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 26 April 2014. Retrieved on 18 September 2015.
  20. ^ Editor's note: The Pyne experiments, The Drum (, 1 October 2010.
  21. ^ "True Love and Chaos". 22 May 1997 – via
  22. ^ "Laid" – via
  23. ^ "Cat's in the Cradle". 29 September 2010 – via
  24. ^ "Episode #2.5". 7 March 2010 – via
  25. ^ "Naked Visions". 25 August 2009 – via
  26. ^ "Marx and Venus" – via
  27. ^ a b "The Night of Nights". 17 August 2002 – via
  28. ^ "Makeover". 21 November 2003 – via
  29. ^ "Playing to Win". 5 December 2001 – via
  30. ^ "Always Greener" – via
  31. ^ "Horace & Tina" – via
  32. ^ "Family Matters". 6 April 2001 – via
  33. ^ "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Election". 14 July 2001 – via
  34. ^ "Quicksand". 20 August 1999 – via
  35. ^ "Jelly Babies". 24 November 1998 – via
  36. ^ "Raw'n'Sore". 6 January 1998 – via
  37. ^ "Episode #1.2838". 23 April 1997 – via
  38. ^ "Ocean Girl (TV Series 1994–1997)" – via
  39. ^ "On the Edge". 17 September 1994 – via
  40. ^ "Episode #2.17". 9 October 1993 – via
  41. ^ "The Hill". 21 January 1993 – via
  42. ^ "All Together Now" – via
  43. ^ "The Henderson Kids II" – via

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