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Lisa Harrow plays Marion


Lisa Harrow plays Marion in Step Dave

Having worked everywhere from Iceland to Australia, Lisa Harrow is one of New Zealand's most prodigious acting experts.

A scholarship from the New Zealand Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council sent Lisa studying abroad.

Accepted by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, she was eventually invited to become a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and in her first season she portrayed 'Olivia' opposite Judi Dench in Twelfth Night.

After a period devoted to theatre, Harrow began with occasional screen parts in the early 70s. She won a Variety Club Most Promising Artist award in 1976, thanks to her role in the first screen adaptation of the Italian-made film Il sorriso del grande tentatore [The Tempter], opposite Glenda Jackson.

Another significant breakthrough role of this period came in 1981 when she starred in the BBC series Nancy Astor, as the first woman member of England's House of Commons.

Further notoriety followed for her work in The Last Days of Chez Nous which won her an Australian Film Institute Award in 1992 and again in 1997 for feature film Sunday, which won The Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival and earned Harrow an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress.

In 2000 she wowed New York in Pulitzer-Prize winner Wit, playing a professor fighting cancer. Since then she has starred in Jessica, an award-winning mini-series based on the Bryce Courtenay novel and Step Dave.

She was appointed as an Officer to the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the dramatic arts in 2015.


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