as Anna Bligh
As a six-year-old, Abby Earl first glimpsed her future vocation when her ballet teacher told her that she should be an actor as she moved her face more than her feet.
That comment sparked Abby’s love of drama, which was fostered throughout school and then at just 15, after begging her parents to let her audition she was accepted to the Newtown School of Performing Arts and left her home town of Broulee on the NSW south coast for Sydney.
For the next two years, she majored in drama and dance and represented Australia at the United Nations as a Global Youth Leader.
After finishing high school, she scored her first television role in Foxtel’s acclaimed Love My Way.
In 2009 Abby began a three-year acting course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), during which she starred as Anna in Anna Karenina, Clytemnestra in The Oresteia and Masha in The Seagull.
At WAAPA she excelled, winning two awards for Best Female Actor in Theatre and Best Female Actor in Film, and while still in her third year scoring a lead role in the telemovie The Great Mint Swindle.
Upon graduating, Abby landed a role on Underbelly: Badness before winning the part of Anna Bligh in A Place To Call Home in 2012.
In 2013, during the season one production break, Abby also starred in the Bell
Shakespeare’s Phèdre opposite Catherine McClements.
Abby’s screen work also includes roles in the short films, Bonsai (West Australian Screen Academy), Cinderella and Carnations (Harvey House Productions), Julieta, directed by Damian McLindon (AFTRS) and most recently, Kill Off, directed by Genevieve Clay-Smith (Bus Stop Productions).
In recognition of her work on A Place to Call Home, Abby has received TV WEEK Logie award nominations for ‘Most Popular New Talent’ (2014) and ‘Most Popular Actress’ (2015). Other recognition of Abby’s work includes, the 2011 ‘Best Female Actor’ winner at WAAPA’s Third Year Gala Film Night, winner of the 2011 Sally Burton Shakespeare Award for ‘Best Female Actor’, 2013 WA Screen Award Nomination for ‘Best Performance by an Actress’ (Bonsai) and 2014 Equity Award Nomination for ‘Outstanding Performance By an Ensemble in a Drama Series’ for A Place to Call Home.
Abby still enjoys dancing in her spare time, along with reading and has an interest in international politics and humanitarian issues.
As the girl about town, Anna threw caution to the wind in season five. After a dalliance with her publisher and then rejecting his overtures of a more significant relationship, she eventually found friendship and understanding with Henry and proposed engagement as a way to save them both, saying to him: “I don’t see either of us taking the conventional path.” And for a brief moment her plan seemed to work until she confessed to Henry that she wasn’t able to have children. Heartbroken and with no idea of her future, The Final Chapter will see Anna face the challenges of her choices head on as she follows her heart.
Abby Earl says that she mirrors Anna a lot. “From the time I read Anna I was in love with her fire and she’s taught me through the years not to doubt myself and to embrace my instincts and spontaneity. I’m really sad to say goodbye to her because she is everything I could be – she’s kind of the best of me. And so I hope I can carry her for the rest of my life but I’ll be so sad to put her to bed.”