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2017 – Jacqueline McKenzie

Born in Sydney and a graduate of NIDA, McKenzie became well known locally and on the festival circuit for her award-winning screen performances in films such as Romper Stomper and Angel Baby, although it wasn’t until she starred opposite Samuel L Johnson in Deep Blue Sea, that Jacqueline became well known to international audiences. She was later cast as the title role in the USA Network television sci-fi series The 4400 making her an international household name. Following the success of the series, she featured in an array of other well-known series such as Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Desperate Housewives, Without A Trace, CSI: Miami, Hawaii 5-0 and Australian TV dramas Rake, Love Child and Hiding. Further to McKenzie’s success on screen, she is also a very accomplished theatre actress who has starred alongside theatre greats Geoffrey Rush, Al Pacino, Steve Buscemi, Paul Giamatti and John Goodman. Just this year, she starred alongside Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in Manhattan, all three making their commercial Broadway debuts. A multi-award-winning actress, McKenzie’s other film credits include lead roles in Beneath Hill 60, Force of Destiny, The Water Diviner, Don’t Tell and Occupation. She has just completed shooting the SBS/Matchbox Pictures Safe Harbour directed by Glendyn Ivan and is currently shooting Geoffrey Wright’s Romper Stomper – The Series. Jacqueline has a cameo in the CinefestOZ 2017 Film Prize Finalist film, Three Summers, directed by Ben Elton as well as starring in feature film The Gateway, directed by John V Soto, which will have its Australian Premiere at CinefestOZ 2017.