She and Australian sprinter Cathy Freeman hosted a 2006, Aboriginal-themed television documentary titled Going Bush. She and her four siblings grew up in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia, as the children of Jane Heeni Mailman and rodeo star Wally Mailman.  She played a lead role in the 2010 musical film Bran Nue Dae. Also a film actress, she received a 1998 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for her role in an independent movie titled Radiance. Before beginning her acting career, she studied at the Queensland University of Technology. She and Australian sprinter Cathy Freeman hosted a 2006, Aboriginal-themed television documentary titled Going Bush. What is Deborah Mailman Net Worth? She was the first Aboriginal recipient of the Australian Film Institute's Best Leading Actress Award. She was the first Aboriginal actress to win the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Mailman is currently the main character in the Australian TV series Total Control. Most Popular #65142. ... She and her four siblings grew up in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia, as the children of Jane Heeni Mailman and rodeo star Wally Mailman.  She had role on The Secret Life of Us, for which she was twice awarded Most Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series at the Logies (2002 and 2004). Associated With . , In 2019, she starred as politician Alex Irving in the series Total Control, produced by Blackfella Films and screened on the ABC. Oddball. Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.