Noni Hazlehurst

Leonie Elva "Noni" Hazlehurst AM, (born 17 August 1953) is an Australian actress, director, writer, presenter and broadcaster who has appeared on television and radio, in dramas, mini-series and made for television films, as well also on stage and in feature films since the early 1970s. Hazlehurst has been honoured with numerous awards including Australian Film Institute Awards, ARIA Awards and Logies, including being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.

Noni Hazlehurst

Noni Hazlehurst on Balance with Deborah Hutton.jpg
Hazlehurst on Balance with Deborah Hutton in 2016
Leonie Elva Hazlehurst

(1953-08-17) 17 August 1953 (age 68)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
(m. 1975; div. 1978)
(m. 1988; div. 1999)
Partner(s)Ian Marden (2003–2013)

Early lifeEdit

Hazlehurst was born in Melbourne. After attending St Leonard's College in Brighton East, Victoria, Hazlehurst studied Drama at Flinders University in South Australia from 1971 to 1973, where she resided at Flinders University Hall and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974. She has studied ballet, singing, piano, speech and drama. In the 1980s and 1990s, much of her work concentrated on children's television.

Her parents were both English,[1][2] and migrated to Australia in 1951.[3]

Television workEdit

Along with roles at the ABC, her first television work was in guest lead roles in television serials produced by Crawford Productions. She played the regular role of Sharon Lewis in The Box in 1975 before joining the original cast of The Sullivans as Lil Duggan in late 1976. She was a Play School presenter from 1978 to 2001, and has been a National Ambassador or Patron for many children's events and charities, including Children's Week (1991-2007)[4] and Barnardos.[5] She has worked extensively for children. Hazlehurst has recorded several music and spoken word albums, including the children's music album Shout and Whisper (1988).

Hazlehurst appeared in the miniseries Nancy Wake (played the title role), as well as such films and miniseries as The Shiralee, Ride on Stranger, and Waterfront in the 1980s.

From 1995 to 2005, she hosted the Seven Networks Better Homes and Gardens, a lifestyle show which is affiliated with the monthly magazine of the same name.

In 2006, she starred in ABC's telemovie Stepfather of the Bride. From 2007 to 2011, she played Detective Superintendent Bernice Waverley on Channel Seven crime drama City Homicide. In 2010, she was a guest on The 7pm Project on Network Ten. In July 2011, as part of a rapidly growing internet meme, she read the book Go the Fuck to Sleep to camera in the style she formerly used on Play School. She immediately offered to record a reading of the book after being sent a copy by the publisher.,[6]

Beginning in 2013, she appeared as Elizabeth Bligh in the 1950s-set Australian melodrama A Place to Call Home on the Seven Network, playing the wealthy matriarch of the family. The show was renewed for a second series which premiered in 2014, following the second series the show was briefly canceled yet the show was unexpectedly commissioned for a third series which came in 2015. The show then went into production for a fourth series which aired in 2016 and a fifth season airing in 2017 with the final sixth season airing in 2018. She played "Ambrose" in ABC TV's The Letdown,[when?] and as Pamela in a new series The End (2019).

Film workEdit

Hazlehurst has had starring roles in Australian films since the 1980s, including roles in Fatty Finn, Fran and Australian Dream. Her most prominent role during this decade was as the lead, Nora, in Monkey Grip (1982), based on Helen Garner's novel of the same name. The film, concerning the relationship between a single mother and a heroin addict, was a modest box office success in Australia and received generally favourable reviews from critics. She later starred in Little Fish in 2005, Candy in 2006, and Bitter & Twisted in 2008. Recent film roles include The Mule, Truth, The Broken Shore and Ladies in Black.

Radio workEdit

Hazlehurst is a regular freelance presenter on 774 ABC Melbourne.


Credits include The Man from Mukinupin, On Our Selection, Traitors, Hamlet, No Names, No Packdrill, Cut and Thrust, Frankie & Johnny in the Claire De Lune, for the STC: Navigating (Dir: Marin Potts) The Breath of Life, Woman in Mind, for the MTC: Grace, (Dir: Marion Potts), Madagascar, (Dir: Sam Strong) and The Heretic, (Dir: Matt Scholten). In 2014 she appeared in a critically acclaimed production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Dir: Declan Eames) for the Kin Collective at 45 Downstairs. In 2015 and 2016 Noni performed in a one-woman play, Mother, (Dir: Matt Scholten), written for her by Daniel Keene, on a national tour produced by If Theatre & Regional Arts Victoria. Mother received two Helpmann Awards nominations for Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Play and Best Regional Touring Production for If Theatre. Mother was performed at Belvoir Street Theatre in early 2018 and was presented at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in August 2018. Hazlehurst won the 2018 Matilda Award for Best Female Actor in a Leading Role for Mother.



Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Box Sharon Lewis Regular
Division 4 Tania Clarke Eye Witness (Season 6, episode 36)
1975 Homicide Linda Williams Long Weekend (Season 12, episode 23)
Matlock Police Karen Simpson
Forget Me Not (Season 5, episode 187)
A Dangerous Sort of Man (Season 5, episode 194)
The Last of the Australians Joanna The Hydrochondriac (Season 1, episode 6)
Division 4 Sara Carr
Helen Jenkins
Jan Kennedy
What Will my Friends Say? (Season 7, episode 12)
1956 and All That(Season 7, episode 27)
Just for Kicks (Season 7, episode 29)
1976 The Sullivans Lill Duggan 12 episodes
1978 Case for the Defence Julia Without Consent (Season 1, episode 5)
1979 Ride on Stranger Beryl 4 episodes
Jokes Various characters
1981 And Here Comes Bucknuckle Lil 6 episodes
Sporting Chance One More Season (Season 1, Episodes 8)
1983 The Weekly's War Dorothy Drain TV mini series
Stations Dora
1984 Waterfront Maggie TV Mini-series
1987 The Shiralee Lily TV Mini-series
Nancy Wake Nancy Wake 2 episodes
1989 Fields of Fire Dawn TV mini-series
1993 Under the Skin Grandma's Teeth (Season 1, Episodes 3)
1993 Lizzie's Library narrator
1998 Twisted Annie Martin Dancing Partners (Season 1, Episode 6)
2007 The Librarians Jan the midwife Deliverance (Season 2, Episode 5)
2007-2011 City Homicide Bernice Waverley Regular- 84 episodes
2013 Redfern Now Margaret "Where The Heart Is" (Season 2, Episode 1)
2013-2018 A Place to Call Home Elizabeth Bligh /
Elizabeth Goddard
Regular 67 episodes
2017-2019 The Letdown Ambrose Regular 9 episodes
2020 The End Pamela Hardy Regular

Television filmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Judging Ring
1978 Bit Part Zelda ABC television film
1989 Naked Under Capricorn Monica Marriner Network Nine television film
2000 Waiting at the Royal Eloise Australian Film Institute Awards
2000: Won – Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Telefeature or Mini-Series
2006 Stepfather of the Bride Sophie television film
2007 Curtin Elsie Curtin television film
2013 The Broken Shore Sybil Cashin ABC television film

Short filmEdit

Year Title Role Duration
1974 Parent Teacher Interviews Miss Stevens-Teacher 29 minutes
1977 Ruby
1990 Breaking Through Therapist 52 minutes
2008 Seven Seven Seven Jess 32 minutes
2009 A Parachute Falling in Siberia Katherine 14 minutes
2010 Tegan the Vegan Mrs. Poodle / Mother (voice) 13 minutes
2018 Della Mortika Mrs. Crotchett Smythe 17 minutes


Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Getting of Wisdom
1980 Fatty Finn Myrtle Finn Australian Film Institute Awards
***1981: Nominated – Best Actress in a Lead Role
1982 Monkey Grip Nora
1985 Fran Fran Australian Film Institute Awards
***1982: Won – Best Actress in a Lead Role
1987 Australian Dream Dorothy Stubbs
1991 Waiting Claire
1991 Clowning Around Sarah Gunner
2005 Little Fish Janelle Heart Won: AFI Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2005
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards
***2005 Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2006 Candy Elaine Wyatt Nominated: AFI Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2006
2008 Bitter & Twisted Penelope Lombard Nominated: AFI Award for Best Actress in 2008
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards
***2009 Best Actress
2014 The Mule Judy Jenkins
2015 Truth Nicki Burkett
2018 Ladies in Black Miss Cartwright
2020 June Again June
2020 Wedding of the Year Barb post-production
2021 Long Story Short The Stranger

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Work Result
1980 Logie Award Best Supporting Actress in a Series Ride On Stranger Won
1981 Australian Film Institute Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Fatty Finn Nominated
1982 Australian Film Institute Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Monkey Grip Won
1985 Australian Film Institute Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Fran Won
Logie Award Best Supporting Actress in a Single Series Waterfront Nominated
1989 ARIA Awards Best Children's Album Shout and Whisper Nominated
Logie Awards Most Popular Actress in a Miniseries/Telemovie The Shiralee Nominated
1990 ARIA Awards Best Children's Album Peter and the Wolf/Carnival of the Animals Nominated
1992 Noni Sings Day and Night Songs and Rhymes from Play School Nominated
2000 Australian Film Institute Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Telefeature or Mini-Series Waiting For Royal Won
2005 AACTA Awards Best Supporting Actress Little Fish Won
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role "Little Fish" Won
2006 AACTA Awards Best Supporting Actress Candy Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role "Candy" Nominated
2008 Australian Film Institute Awards Best Actress Bitter & Twisted Nominated
2009 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actress "Bitter & Twisted" Won
2014 Equity Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast: Drama Series "Redfern Now" Won
2015 Australian Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role "The Mule" Nominated
Helpmann Awards Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Play "Mother" Nominated
2018 AACTA Awards Best Supporting Actress Ladies in Black Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role "Ladies in Black Won
The Matilda Awards Best Female Actor in a Leading Role Mother Won

Other AwardsEdit

Year Association Achievement
1991 Variety Club of Australia 'Top Hat' Achievement Award
1995 National Honours Member of the Order of Australia for her services to children and the performing arts[7]
2016 Logie Awards Logie Hall of Fame

Hazlehurst has also been an ambassador for Barnardo's Mother of the Year, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by her alma mater Flinders University in 2007.[8]

Cultural referencesEdit

In 1994 a painting of Hazlehurst by artist Rosemary Valadon titled Noni Hazlehurst – Summer '94 Waiting Again was a finalist in the Archibald Prize.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Hazlehurst married director Kevin Dobson,[9] and she subsequently married John Jarratt in circa 1987. She and Jarratt have two sons. After separating from Jarratt in August 1999,[10][4] she dated cameraman Ian Marden.[11]

Her son, William, is the former vocalist for Melbourne death pop band Storm The Sky.[12]


  1. ^ "Yahoo Australia | News, email and search".
  2. ^ Connolly, Paul (4 October 2015). "What I know about men". Daily Life. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  3. ^ Trzcinski, Joanne (31 January 2009). "Noni Hazlehurst, performer". The Sunday Times. p. 39.
  4. ^ a b Hogan, Christine (26 March 2000). "Time of her life". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 4.
  5. ^ Hutchinson, Jane (27 September 2009). "Noni Hazlehurst". Sunday Herald Sun Magazine. p. 13.
  6. ^ "Noni Hazlehurst reads expletive-ridden 'children's' book". The Sydney Morning Herald. 13 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Leonie (Noni) Elva HAZLEHURST". Australian Honours Search Facility, Dept of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  8. ^ VIP mum Noni Hazlehurst
  9. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on May 21, 1978 · Page 83".
  10. ^ Lee Lewes, Jacqueline (21 October 1999). "Bana gets into the act". The Daily Telegraph.
  11. ^ "Some things you might not know about our Noni". The Courier Mail. 30 June 2018. p. 10.
  12. ^[bare URL]

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