Kiruna is an Australian actress, who lives and works in the UK. Kiruna’s career is international, but she likes to get back to Australia for work as often as possible.
Most recently Kiruna presented at the Remix Summit for Creative Arts Victoria 2018. Filmed a movie (we can’t talk about yet) and became a presenter on Play School for the ABC.
Earlier this year, Kiruna had a season in the North of England at Bolton Octagon Theatre, playing several characters in Jane Eyre and Guildenstern in ‘Hamlet’.
In 2017 Kiruna appeared in the Belvoir Street's production of 'The Rover' and was also featured on the ABC's Australian Story celebrating her successful career.
Prior to this, Kiruna starred as Anna, in the Olivier-Award-nominated production ‘The Government Inspector’, that toured London and throughout regional UK. She also acted, danced and sang in Hackney Empire’s Sleeping Beauty as the Green Fairy, ‘Willowsnap’.
2015 saw Kiruna’s 3rd play at the National Theatre, Directed by Rufus Norris, Written by Carol Ann Duffy, Movement by Javier De Frutos and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the title role. It followed on from her performance in Tim Crouch's, ', An Oak Tree' and Richard Bean's 'Great Britain', which marked her debut for the National and also the West End.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Kiruna began her interest in the arts as a young dancer, training at Ultimate Dance/Beryl Ellis Studios. However, it was at the University of New South Wales, while studying a BA (Media and communications) majoring in Film and Theatre, that Kiruna found herself as a performer. Meeting open minded tutors and fellow collaborators, Kiruna had a place to practice, devise and make work.
In 1999, while in her first year at university, Kiruna made her professional acting début in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge. She then travelled to England to study Shakespearean and Jacobean Theatre over the summer at LAMDA.
Years of acting internationally in Theatre, Film and Television have followed. Kiruna occasionally returns to contemporary dance and tap dance. In addition to working with some of the world’s leading Directors, Kiruna has also worked with some the world's leading dance innovators, Caroline Bowditch, Marc Brew, Sue Healey, John 'cha cha' O'Connell, Shaun Parker and Christina Tingskog.
Kiruna says, "'Whilst my work is heavily influenced by my own experiences of dwarfism, disability, gender, sexuality... etc... No singular discourse defines my identity or my work."
‘Hamlet’ and ‘Jane Eyre’ (Bolton Octagon Theatre), ‘The Rover’ (Belvoir Street), ‘The Government Inspector’ (Birmingham Rep/Ramps on the Moon). ‘Everyman’ and ‘An Oak Tree’ (National Theatre); ‘Great Britain’ (National Theatre/Haymarket Theatre), ‘Whiter Than Snow’ (Birmingham Rep/Graeae Theatre Co.); ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ (Red Earth Theatre); ‘Pirate & Parrot’ (A Little Commitment/Red Earth Theatre); ‘Peeling’ (Forest Forge), ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Bolton Octagon); ‘Grace’(Quarantine); ‘For All The Wrong Reasons’ (Contact Theatre); King Lear (Round Earth Theatre); ‘The Maids’ (Atypical Theatre); ‘Macbeth’ (Sydney Theatre Company)
Giuseppe Tornatore's film, 'Deception (aka The Best Offer)', alongside Geoffrey Rush and Baz Luhrmann’s 'Moulin Rouge'.
Panellist for the ABC’s ‘Q & A’, Presenter on ABC’s ‘Play School’, Featured in Australian Story ‘All the Worlds a Stage’, Ricky Gervais' 'Life's Too Short', the BBC's, 'Father Brown', 'Holby City', 'All The Small Things' and 'EastEnders' and Channel 4's, 'Cast-offs'.