Jennifer Ludlam has been a stalwart of Australian and New Zealand film, television and theatre since the late 1970s.
Her local television credits include Radio Wave , A Going Concern , and Gather Your Dreams , and roles on Australia’s A Country Practice , Sons and Daughters , Waterloo Station , Prisoner, Carson’s Law and Play School.
In 1996 Jennifer’s performance on the television drama series Coverstory earned her a New Zealand Film and Television Award for Best Actress. She has appeared in a variety of telefeatures such as Undercover for which she was again the recipient of Best Actress award in 1993. Jennifer received the 2009 Qantas Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in feature film Apron Strings . Most recently, she has had roles on What Really Happened: Women’s Vote and Golden.
She has received five Chapman Tripp awards for her roles in Othello (Best Supporting Actress 2007), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Best Actress 2002), Vita & Virginia (Outstanding Performance 1998), Lysistrata and Daughters of Heaven (Best Actress 1992). Jennifer received the Toi Whakaari Award for Graduate Excellence in 2010.
Jennifer’s Shortland Street character, Leanne Miller, mother of Nicole (Sally Martin) was first introduced in 2010 when Nicole took a trip to Tauranga with her then girlfriend, Maia Jeffries (Anna Jullienne). Leanne did not approve of Nicole’s unusual love life then, and she still has a lot to say about it now. Only time will tell what she has planned for her daughter this time around.