Jennifer Ludlam graduated from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School the year it was established (1970). She is one of New Zealand’s leading actors and has worked extensively on stage and television, both here and in Australia. Jennifer’s Auckland Theatre Company appearances include as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and as Violet Weston in August: Osage County, for which she was awarded the 2010 New Zealand Herald Best Performance of the Year, and the production won the Metro magazine Best Theatre of the Year. Other stage highlights include Silo productions’ When the Rain Stops Falling as Elizabeth Law and Boys Will Be Boys as Arthur, for which she received the Excellence Award at the Auckland Theatre Awards. Other awards that she has received include Best Actress at the New Zealand Film and Television Awards for the television series Cover Story (1996) and the same award three years earlier for the telemovie Undercover. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Toi Whakaari Award for Graduate Excellence. In 2004, Jennifer was appointed a member of The New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to the Arts. She is currently on screen, playing Leanne Miller in Shortland Street.