Lisa McCune is one of Australia’s most popular and successful screen and theatre actors, earning an impressive collection of awards celebrating her performances, including four Gold Logies for Most Popular Personality on Australian television.
As a teenager in Perth, Lisa developed her love of acting by appearing in various repertory group plays. After studying music and classical singing in high school she was accepted into the acting course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
Lisa moved to Melbourne after graduating WAAPA in 1990 where she began touring the play Working Out to rural schools. She appeared in a few television pilots before landing the role of Maggie Doyle in the police drama, Blue Heelers. Blue Heelers went on to become one of the most popular and enduring programs on Australian television making Lisa a household name. During her years as Maggie Doyle, she played the lead role of Mary in the Seven Network mini-series, The Potato Factory, based on Bryce Courtney’s novel.
In 1999, Lisa starred as Maria in the Gordon Frost production of The Sound of Music which she followed with her Green Room Award-winning performance as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Lisa also received nominations for a Helpmann Award and a Green Room Award for her performance as Hope Cladwell in Urinetown. Lisa’s other stage credits include Melbourne Theatre Company’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dead Man’s Cell Phone and The Ambassador Theatre Group’s Sydney and Melbourne seasons of Guys and Dolls (2009 Green Room nomination).
Lisa’s other screen credits include Rowan Woods’ feature Little Fish, the highly acclaimed series MDA, Bryan Brown’s Two Twisted, the UK/Australian co-production Tripping Over, and the telemovie Hell Has Harbour Views for which she received a Silver Logie Award nomination for Most Outstanding Actress and the ABC series Rake, with Richard Roxburgh.
In 2011, Lisa starred in series five of the Nine Network’s Sea Patrol as Lieutenant “XO” Kate McGregor (2008 Silver Logie nomination) and in the telemovie Blood Brothers, directed by Peter Andrikidis, also on the Nine Network.
In 2012, she will star in Network Ten’s primetime drama, Reef Doctors. Lisa is also producing the series with Jonathan M. Shiff Productions.
Lisa has recently turned her hand to producing and has been working with experienced producers such as Gus Howard (Rain Shadow, Blue Heelers) and Anthony Buckley (Oyster Farmer, Rabbit Proof Fence) on a number of projects for the screen.