- Her father Wally was a champion rodeo rider.
- Has both Indigenous Australian and Maori heritage.
- Joined the Queensland Theatre Company after graduating from university.
- Was the first Aboriginal actress to win the Australian Film Institute's award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for Radiance in 1998.
- In 2003, received the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Person of the Year Award.