Speakers Profile - Pia Miranda

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Much loved for her breakout role in Looking for Alibrandi, Pia Miranda has become a part of Australian Film and Television history. A natural, Pia as the feisty teenager Josie brought all the energy, intelligence and anguish of this wonderful character to life and into our hearts. Since then, this gifted and talented performer has demonstrated both her versatility and adaptability to fearlessly take on many varied roles in the Australian entertainment industry.
In 2019 Pia bravely signed up to appear on series 4 of Australian Survivor - Champions V Contenders. For 50 days in the Fijian jungle, she struggled through the most extreme challenges to ultimately triumph with an impressive 9-0 victory and be unanimously crowned the 'Sole Survivor'.

Most recently Pia has appeared on Dancing with the Stars, Would I Lie to You, The Cook Up, with Adam Liaw, The Hundred with Andy Lee and was revealed as the loveable 'Thong' on The Masked Singer. Her memoir titled Looking for My Bella Vita was released November 2023.

As one of Australia's most critically acclaimed actors, Pia's work was recognised with a Best Actress award at the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards in 2000. Pia has amassed an impressive body of film work, including lead roles in Garage Days directed by Alex Proyas; Travelling Light, directed by Kathryn Millard; and The Tender Hook, directed by Jonathan Ogilvie, opposite Rose Byrne and Hugo Weaving. Pia also appeared in the Australian comedy Goddess alongside Ronan Keating and Magda Szubanski.

In television, Pia's roles have included the ABC's Grass Roots, Network 10's hit series The Secret Life of Us, Sea Patrol for the Nine Network, Peter Helliar's ABC comedy series It's a Date, the ABC drama series Time of our Lives with Claudia Karvan and Justine Clarke, and the acclaimed Foxtel female driven prison drama, Wentworth. Pia's other TV credits include Network Nine's comedy series True Story with Hamish & Andy; the comedy web series How to Life produced by Ryan Shelton, Hamish Blake and Andy Lee; and the ABC comedy series Back in Very Small Business, alongside Wayne Hope and Kim Gyngell as well as The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. Pia recently appeared in the first, second and third series of Mustangs FC, a girl-skewed teenage drama series for the ABC, produced by Matchbox Pictures; the comedy web-series The Drop Off and the Fremantle thriller Riptide.

Pia has also worked extensively in theatre, treading the boards in Australia's leading theatre companies. The roles include Jeremy Sims: The Unlikely Prospect of Happiness, and in Benedict Andrew's Fireface for the Sydney Theatre Company; Kate Cherry's The Glass Menagerie for the Melbourne Theatre Company; and Jeremy Sims' The Wild Duck for the State Theatre Company of South Australia. In 2016, Pia received glowing reviews for her performance in the Alex Theatre Melbourne season of the epic adventure classic, Around the World in 80 Days, alongside Ian Stenlake and Grant Piro.