Marea Lambert-Barker has a bright future after winning Most Promising New Actress at the American International Film Festival this year.
Marea Lambert-Barker has a bright future after winning Most Promising New Actress at the American International Film Festival this year. Angela Hawkey Photography

International film award for Marea

FOR a woman of such talent and beauty, Rockhampton’s Marea Lambert-Barker is most humble and modest of her achievements.

Previously starring beside the likes of Jodie Foster and Pamela Anderson, her acting career was given a major boost recently when she won “Most Promising New Actress” at the American International Film Festival for her role as Suzie O’Keefe in the Australian feature film, The Little Things.

The film also claimed Best Drama Feature, but Marea said the win was a huge highlight in her career.

“To actually land the role was an achievement for me alone, and I was just grateful to get it.

“I have worked so incredibly hard on my career and to get recognition like that actually left me speechless.”

It was her first major award for a feature film.

Marea, who juggles modelling, acting, radio hosting and TV presenting, proved she didn’t let anything hold her back when she was hospitalised before shooting the new children’s series, The Elephant Princess 2, only to get straight back on the set.

“As soon as I was discharged, I literally went from hospital to set and was taught choreography to shoot it the following day, and I pulled it off,” the starlet said.

“But there was no way I was going to miss filming, even if I still had to drag my drip to the set, I would have.”

Marea said she is “aching to go full steam ahead” since receiving her award.

The new series, The Elephant Princess 2, will air on July 2; Network Ten, 9:30am.



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