Photo Biography

John Bell AO OBE

1940 -

John Bell

Born and educated in Maitland, John Bell has become an established actor, director and theatre manager. He was the co-founder of Nimrod Theatre Company and Founder of Bell Shakespeare Company. He was named a National Trust Living Treasure in 1997, won a Helpmann Award for Best Actor in 2002 and won the JC Williamson Award (2009). He is also an Officer of the Order of Australia (2009), Member of the Order of Australia (1987) and an Order of the British Empire (1978).

Ruth Cracknell AM

1925 - 2002

Ruth Cracknell

Ruth Cracknell spent her first four years in Maitland before going on to become a renowned actress and author. She has won four Logie Awards and was named a National Trust Living Treasure in 1998 when she also became a Member of the Order of Australia. In 2001 Ruth received the JC Williamson Award for work in live theatre. Her most endearing legacy is as Maggie Beare in the ABC’s Mother and Son.

David Harris


1975 -

David Harris

David Harris spent his first 21 years in Maitland and has since starred in a number of stage musicals including Boy from Oz, Miss Saigon, Wicked, Legally Blonde, Les Miserables (US) and Anything Goes (US). He has appeared in TV commercials in Australia and overseas, performed concerts, including at the Adelaide Cabaret Festivals and been nominated for Helpmann awards. He has also won the McDonalds Youth in Cabaret Award (1996), the MO Award (1997) and the Australian Glugg Award.