Woman Cecil, Amber Mae

Radio actor

Written by Kathryn Mcleod, National Film and Sound Archive

Amber Mae Cecil was born in 1938 to two of Australia's best known radio figures, actress Rosalind Kennerdale and senior producer for the ABC, Lawrence H Cecil. She made her radio debut at 12 years of age in a Grace Gibson production called Night Beat. The talented young actress was cast in her first lead role at the age of 13 in the ABC radio play Lace on Her Petticoat.

At 15, Cecil left school to co-star in the popular family comedy, Life with Dexter. The radio show was recorded live each week before an audience at 2GB and Cecil continued in the role for 11 years. By the age of 18 she was in constant demand as one of Australia's leading radio stars. During the 1950s, Cecil played the lead in the radio serial Life Can be Beautiful, and had an ongoing role in the serial Doctor Paul. She played one of the Macarthur twins in Blue Hills until 1976 and later starred in several Shakespeare radio plays broadcast by ABC radio. She died in 1998.

Archival Resources

National Film and Sound Archive

  • Life Can Be Beautiful. Eps. 0015 - 0016, 415768; National Film and Sound Archive. Details
  • Life With Dexter Eps 083 - 084, 215732; National Film and Sound Archive. Details

Published Resources

Online Resources

See also

Digital Resources

Amber Mae Cecil
National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA)