Sally McLean is an experienced dramatic Shakespearean actor with Musical Theatre roots who has played lead, support and guest roles in film, television and theatre in Australia, the USA and UK
Actor. Writer. Director. With a bit of a thing for Shakespeare.
Award-winning actor, writer and director, Sally McLean, began her work in the entertainment biz in her mid-teens and has since performed lead, guest and supporting roles in numerous Australian, US and UK film, theatre and television productions.
A graduate of The Actors Institute UK, with additional ongoing training at Howard Fine Acting Studio, Sally’s notable screen acting credits include the lead role of “Angie Powers” in the BAFTA Award-winning BBC mini series Bootleg opposite Tim Robinson, lead guest role of “Stacy” in the AACTA Award-winning ABC TV series Utopia opposite Celia Pacquola and recurring guest roles of “Miss Giddens” in the ABC/CBBC TV series The Worst Year of My Life – Again! opposite Tiarnie Coupland, Laurence Boxhall & Ned Napier and “Barb” in the USA Sony/AMC TV series, Preacher opposite Pip Torrens & Christopher Kirby.
Sally created her own boutique production business, Incognita Enterprises, under the Honorary Patronage of Oscar® nominated actor, Sir Nigel Hawthorne KB, CBE in 1997 – an association that continued until his passing in 2001
She is currently the Creator/Director and lead ensemble member of the multi award-winning web series Shakespeare Republic (nominated for over 70 international film festival and industry awards and winner of over 30 awards to date) & Shakespeare short film Speaking Daggers (Awarded “Highly Commended” Finalist at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Shakespeare Film Festival UK by Jury President, Sir Kenneth Branagh and official selection for the Academy Award® accredited St Kilda Film Festival), appearing on screen in both projects alongside Nadine Garner, Michala Banas, Alan Fletcher, Scott Major, Christopher Kirby and Dean Haglund, among others.
Predominately working in comedy on screen, Sally is also an experienced dramatic Shakespearean actor with Musical Theatre roots, playing over thirty lead and support roles in theatre in both Australia and the UK. Highlights include roles in The Comedy of Errors and Romeo & Juliet with the Australian Shakespeare Company, the West End premiere of the drama Annabel’s Requiem and the professional Australian premier of the musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. She additionally teaches Shakespeare as a member of the Howard Fine Acting Studio faculty in Melbourne, Australia.
Reels & Videos
Clips from Sally’s various recent screen roles including Utopia, Upper Middle Bogan, The Trinity Experiment (Directed by Clayton Jacobson) and ‘Till The Boys Come Home.
Shakespeare Republic: #AllTheWebsAStage (The Lockdown Chronicles)
Filmed remotely in lockdown during the global pandemic of 2020 … Twenty four souls, six cities – one shared experience of being human.
This project is the new season from the Shakespeare Republic series (2015-2017) made in response to the events of 2020.
Created, adapted and directed by Sally, with the international cast filming themselves on smartphones in isolation, directed in real time by Sally via Zoom from Melbourne, we look through a myriad of windows from Australia, Scotland, England and the USA into the current shared experience of human beings in isolation.
Featuring actors with credits from Broadway, the West End, Shakespeare’s Globe London and mainstream Film & TV.