Jennifer Ludlam has been a stalwart of Australian and New Zealand film, television and theatre since the late 1970s.
Shortly after graduating from Toi Whakaari (The New Zealand Drama School) in 1970, Jennifer worked on some of TV 2’s first soaps’’ including Radio Wave, A Going Concern, and Gather Your Dreams. Her Australian television credits include roles on A Country Practice, Sons and Daughters, Waterloo Station, Prisoner and Carson’s Law. Jennifer also had a presenter role on iconic children’s show Play School in Australia.
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.
A renowned theatre actress, Jennifer has starred in August: Osage County twice. In 2010 she played Violet in the Auckland Theatre Company version for which she won the Herald Actress of the year award and reprised the role in the Circa Theatre Production, winning a Chapman Tripp for Best Actress. She has also starred in When the Rain Stops Falling at Silo Theatre and Circa Theatre’s production of Four Flat Whites in Italy. Earlier work includes Vita in Vita & Virginia, Winnie in Happy Days, Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman and Stevie in The Goat. 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.