MERRIDY EASTMAN is a writer and actress who lives in Sydney with her German husband Tom, and their son Henry.

A NIDA graduate, Merridy has performed in a swag of productions for the Melbourne and Sydney Theatre Companies and spent several summers leaping about botanical gardens across Australia, bringing Shakespeare to the masses. As well as being an ex Play School presenter, Merridy has also had major roles in Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Always Greener, and for the last three seasons played Rebecca Gibney’s neurotic friend Donna on Channel Seven’s Packed to the Rafters.

In 2002, Merridy wrote the best seller There’s A Bear In There (And He Wants Swedish) followed in 2006 by Ridiculous Expectations. She was a contributing writer for Breast Wishes the musical (2008), and consequently featured in Penguin’s anthology Thanks For the Mammaries (2009). Merridy’s third book in the memoir trilogy, How Now Brown Frau (2011), tells the story of her biggest adventure so far, waking up one morning married, pregnant and without a word of German under her belt, living in Bavaria.

In 2013 Merridy contributed a Letter from Helena to Hermia to the Pan MacMillan anthology about female friendship, Just Between Us, and in 2014 has worked as Dramaturge on the sell-out cabaret musical Everybody Loves Lucy for the Hayes Theatre Company. For the last four years Merridy’s been a regular columnist for the Wentworth Courier, has recently performed in Ensemble Theatre’s A History of Falling Things and is delighted to have been invited to read at the next Women of Letters event in Melbourne.


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