Alison Bell is the co-creator/co-writer/associate producer and star ofThe Letdown, an ABC/Netflix International co-production.The Letdown is the first Australian comedy commissioned by Netflix International. The pilot episode won Alison and Sarah Scheller (co-creator/writer) the AACTA Award for Best writing for Television in 2016. In 2018, The Letdown won the AACTA Award for Best Comedy Program. Season two of The Letdown will air in 2019 on ABC TV, iView, and internationally on Netflix. Alison directed Episode 2 of the second season.
Prior to The Letdown Alison, a multi-award winning actress was perhaps best known for her work on the MTC, Belvoir, STC, Malthouse and STCSA stages. She has also appeared in many Australian television series and starred in the AACTA award winning Comedy, Laid. She has also appeared in many Australian television series plus US series, The Leftovers, No Activity and most recently, the reboot of Spielberg’s Amazing Stories to be aired when Apple launches its streaming service.
Before pursuing acting she graduated from the ANU with an Arts/Law degree, majoring in history. Whilst studying she worked as a researcher/editor for Butterworth’s Publishing.
Alison has worked as a script editor, dramaturge and screenwriter. She has worked for production companies, Giant Dwarf and Madman. And she has been an informal script consultant on many projects, working closely with Matthew Whittet (Old Man for Belvoir);and screenwriter’s Luke Ryan, (Dave’s Dead) Darius Devas (Meeting Susan) and Helen Frank (Purcell Purcell). She starred in and co-edited the screenplay, Meeting Susan, a short film that premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2014.
She has worked as a reader for Playwriting Australia; participated in the Playwright’s Festivals of 2006 and 2009; and has been part of countless play development workshops for the major theatre companies providing dramaturgical feedback on new work.
She is currently working on several projects, with producers Alice Bell/Claudia Karvan; Revlover and Sharon Horgan’s Merman, both comedies and dramas, in the early stages of development.