Asher Keddie is one of Australia’s most critically acclaimed actors, having worked extensively in television, film and theatre. In recent years Asher has become more widely known for her portrayal of the lovably neurotic Nina Proudman in the successful Network Ten series Offspring, for which she won the TV Week Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality in 2013, along with the Most Popular Actress Award in the same year. In 2014 Asher collected the Most Popular Actress Award, along with Most Outstanding Actress, and in the same year she received her fourth nomination for the Gold Logie. In 2015 Asher was again nominated for the Gold Logie and for Most Popular Actress.
Asher’s intelligent portrayal of Australian media icon Ita Buttrose in Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo saw her win the 2012 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Switched On Award for Best Performance in a Television Program and also receive a nomination in the Best Lead Actress category. She also received a TV Week Silver Logie nomination for Most Outstanding Actress in the same year.
These two roles also saw Asher win the TV Week Silver Logie Award for Most Popular Actress in 2011 and 2012.
In 2009 Asher played the lead role of Liz Cruickshank in Screentime’s Underbelly: Tale Of Two Cities, for which she received nominations for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama at the Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards and for Most Outstanding Actress in the TV Week Logie awards in 2010. Asher followed this role with her captivating performance as Blanche d’Alpuget opposite Richard Roxburgh in the Network Ten telemovie Hawke, which also garnered her an AFI nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama in the same year.
Asher is also well known for her award winning role as Julia in the critically acclaimed Foxtel series Love My Way, alongside Claudia Karvan, Dan Wyllie and Brendan Cowell. The series ran for three successful seasons from 2004 and saw Asher nominated for ASTRA awards in the Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor category for each series, winning in 2007. She also received several TV Week Logie nominations for Most Outstanding Actress.
In earlier years Asher appeared in other Australian television series including State Coroner, Stingers and the telemovies Curtin (alongside William McInnes and Noni Hazlehurst), The Society Murders (where she co-starred alongside her Offspring co-lead Matthew Le Nevez) and To Catch A Killer (with Bryan Brown and Tom Long).
Her theatre debut in the 1998 Melbourne Theatre Production (MTC) of Patrick Marber’s Closer saw Asher begin a critically-acclaimed theatre career. She went on to enjoy a successful creative collaboration with director Simon Phillips, playing leading roles in several MTC productions including The Seagull, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Cyrano De Bergerac. In 2010 Sam Strong directed Asher in the MTC production of Madagascar. Asher’s film credits include the role of Dr. Carol Frost in X-Men Origins: Wolverine opposite Hugh Jackman in 2008 and the independent Australian feature film Beautiful in 2007, alongside Deborra-Lee Furness and Erik Thomson. In 2014 Asher continued her successful collaboration with producers John Edwards and Imogen Banks, starring opposite Rodger Corser in the Network Ten political series Party Tricks. Along with her career in acting Asher also plays an active part in her role as an Ambassador for World Animal Protection (WAP).