Leverne McDonnell

Leverne McDonnell
Born (1963-06-27)27 June 1963
Died 15 March 2013(2013-03-15) (aged 49)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Actress

Leverne Ann McDonnell (27 June 1963 โ€“ 15 March 2013) was an Australian actress.

McDonnell spent three years as a member of "Energy Connection", a youth dance theatre company in Adelaide, South Australia, until she was admitted to the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney. She graduated from NIDA in 1985.[1]

In 1992, McDonnell played the role of Kelly in the 1992 ABC police drama series Phoenixโ€”a role for which she was nominated for an AFI Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama.[2] She played a different role, Detective Sergeant Jan Murray, in Janus, a spin-off of Phoenix. Other television credits include the television series Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left, The Secret Life of Us, Horace & Tina and The Saddle Club; and the mini-series The Dirtwater Dynasty, Come In Spinner and Simone de Beauvoir's Babies. Her film appearances included roles in Oscar and Lucinda (1997) and The Interview (1998).[3]

In 2008, McDonnell played the leading role of Detective Inspector Gina Sturrock in the feature film Four of a Kind, a film which she was also the Associate Producer on.[4]

McDonnell died on 15 March 2013, aged 49, after a year-long battle with cancer. She was survived by her parents, Terry and Laurel, brother, Terrina, husband Matthew, and daughters, Belle and Indigo.[3]

A documentary about her life and death, called All In Her Stride, was completed in 2014, with McDonnell as a co-producer.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Chances: cast and characters". Australian Television Information Archive. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  2. ^ "1992 Winners & Nominees". Past Winners 1990โ€“1999. AACTA. 1992. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b Knox, David, Vale: Leverne McDonnell, TV Tonight, 25 March 2013.
  4. ^ Pomeranz, Margaret (17 June 2009). "Four of a Kind". At the Movies. ABC1. Retrieved 25 March 2013.

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