Miranda Tapsell was born in Darwin and her people are the Larrakia. She grew up in Kakadu National Park and began performing at the age of seven. At 16, she won the Bell Shakespeare Company regional performance scholarship. After finishing school, she was accepted to study at NIDA full-time, and since graduating has built a stellar career on stage, screen and television.
After a starring role the world-renowned film The Sapphires, Miranda received two Logie Awards for her role in Love Child. A career highlight saw Miranda cast as the new host of the perennial favourite children’s series, Play School. Recently, she has had roles on Channel 9’s Doctor Doctor, ABC’s comedy Get Krackin’, legal drama Newton’s Law for ABCTV, Foxtel’s Secret City as well as ABCTV’s Cleverman and Stan’s Wolf Creek.
She wrote, produced and starred in the box office hit Top End Wedding and has her own podcast on BuzzFeed, Pretty for an Aboriginal, with Nakkiah Lui, which rocks the traditional perceptions of Indigenous Australia and challenges rigid mindsets of what women of colour can and cannot do. Top End Girl is her literary debut.