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Pia Miranda

Real name: Pia Miranda
Birthdate: June 15, 1973
Status: Married
Partner: Luke Hannigan

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Pia Miranda (born June 15, 1973) is an Australian, multi-award-winning actress whose career was launched with her successful 2000 role in the feature film Looking for Alibrandi, an Australian film based on the novel by Melina Marchetta.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Pia Miranda is of Italian descent and spent the majority of her early life travelling throughout Australia with her family, attending a large number of schools. After completing her high school certificate, Miranda enrolled at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Victoria, studying Drama, majoring in acting.

After the completion of her Degree in Drama, Miranda began a Bachelor of Arts degree at Victoria University, majoring in theatre, chosen because of its strong content in the subject. Soon after this, Miranda found herself playing Karen Oldman on the Australian soap Neighbours, from 1998 to 1999. At this time, Miranda was also starring in the ABC television series Bondi Banquet, playing Jo Tognetti. This was the starting point for Miranda's future success within the Australian film and television industry, quickly being chosen for the role of Josephine Alibrandi in the hugely successful Australian movie Looking for Alibrandi, directed by Kate Woods in 2000.

In 2002, Pia Miranda played a small role in the US movie, Queen of the Damned, although her scene was cut from the film as it appeared on the DVD. Also in 2002, Pia Miranda starred in The Doppelgangers. The movie was part of a project where eight award-winning Australian filmmakers were given a short film script by celebrated writer Brendan Cowell. Filmmakers had to name their own film and characters and adhere to a set of rules, such as shooting on digital cameras and making no dialogue changes. The project had limited success.

Though Pia Miranda is best known as a film actress, she has also featured in some of Australia's leading television series. She was a recurring guest star on the long-running drama All Saints in 1998, and the popular Australian drama The Secret Life of Us, playing Talia. Miranda has also been featured in The Glass House, Grass Roots and the Australian talk show The Panel.

In March 2001, Miranda married long-time partner Luke Hannigan, lead singer of the Australian band Lo-Tel at the Elvis Presley chapel in Las Vegas. As of current, Pia Miranda is working on a few small-scale productions. She has also recently worked as a celebrity artist for A Midwinter Night’s Dream, a ticketed charity auction of art with pillow cases as the medium and inspired by the childhood dreams of artists and celebrities, to raise money for War Child Australia. Pia was also a judge for the recent 2005 Project Greenlight competition, with fellow actors such as Sam Worthington. Pia's sister, Nicole Miranda, starred in the early Australian film Moving Out with Vince Collosimo.


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