Lisa Chappell

Lisa Irene Chappell (born 18 October 1968) is an actress and musician from Auckland, New Zealand. She is best known for playing Claire McLeod on the Nine Network drama series McLeod's Daughters.[1]

Lisa Chappell
Lisa Irene Chappell

(1968-10-18) 18 October 1968
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1987present
Notable work
Gloss (1987)
McLeod's Daughters (200104)
Spouse(s)Chris Taylor (December 20012005)
AwardsLogie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent (2002)
Logie Award for Most Popular Actress (2004)

Early life and career

Chappell was born and grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. Two years before joining McLeod's Daughters, she completed "The Journey" program at the Actors Centre Australia in Sydney, Australia.[2]


Chappell has acted in numerous roles in New Zealand, including Gloss, Shortland Street, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and City Life. Starting in 2000, Chappell played Claire McLeod in the Australian show McLeod's Daughters.[3] For this portrayal, she won a Most Popular Actress Logie Award[4] and was nominated for a Silver Logie in 2003. She moved on from the show in 2003, when her character was killed in a car accident.

She has also appeared in the third installment of Small Claims, 'The Reunion', and starred in Stingers as Megan Walsh (Season 8).

Chappell starred in a stage adaptation of Educating Rita in 2007, which toured Australia. She also stars in the Australian film Coffin Rock.


Chappell's current focus is her music career. Her debut album, When Then Is Now, was released on 1 May 2006.[5] She did some minor touring in Australia and New Zealand to support the album’s release.


In 1997, Chappell played Ann Deever in All My Sons, at the Maidment Theatre. In 2007, she starred in The Homecoming as Ruth, at the Auckland Festival AK07, and in the same year she toured Australia with the play Educating Rita, where she played Rita.

Other work

In March 2004, Chappell became an ambassador for The Humor Foundation. She wanted to help raise money to keep The Clown Doctors in Australian hospitals. She has also written a children's book, which she collaborated with her then-husband Chris to produce and which was illustrated by Chris.

Personal life

Chappell married her husband Chris Taylor in 2001 after they met at her co-star Rachael Carpani's 21st birthday party, they later divorced in 2005. She made the decision to become a vegetarian after joining the cast of McLeod's Daughters. Chappell also supports donating blood and encourages everyone to give blood. She loves to write lyrics and other texts.



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Desperate Remedies Anne Cooper
1996 Jack Brown Genius Sylvia
2007 Crossbow Mum Short
2009 Coffin Rock Jessie Willis
2010 Be Careful... Fi Short
2017 Out of the Shadows Linda Dee Completed


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Gloss Chelsea Main role
1990–91 Shark in the Park Tanya Regular role
1992 Shortland Street Deborah Walters "1.5", "1.6"
1994 Hercules and the Circle of Fire Daughter #1 TV film
1995 Mysterious Island Jane Morecombe "Last Rites of Spring"
1995 A Twist in the Tale Aunt Linda "The Skeleton in the Cupboard"
1995–99 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Various 7 episodes
1996 Letter to Blanchy Monica "Love Makes the World Go Wrong"
1996–98 City Life Bronwyn Kellett Main role
2001–04 McLeod's Daughters Claire McLeod Main role
2004 Stingers Megan Walsh Recurring role
2006 Small Claims: The Reunion Louise Page TV film
2009 The Cult Sophie McIntyre Main role
2010 Rescue: Special Ops Vivian Walker "Out of the Ashes"
2010 Cops L.A.C. Justine Taylor "The Killer Wore Sneakers"
2011 Emilie Richards - Der Zauber von Neuseeland Daisy TV film
2012 True Crime: Siege Robyn Diver TV film
2013 Agent Anna Marina "Happiness"
2014 Auckland Daze Lisa "2.4"
2016 Jean Mrs. Shepherd TV film
2016 Friday Night Bites Mum "Guess I'm Coming to Dinner"
2016 Roman Empire: Reign of Blood Faustina "Born in the Purple"

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Award Show Television series/film
2002WonLogieMost Popular New Female TalentThe 44th Annual TV Week Logie AwardsMcLeod's Daughters
2003NominatedSilver LogieMost Popular ActressThe 45th Annual TV Week Logie AwardsMcLeod's Daughters
NominatedGold LogieMost Popular Personality on Australian TelevisionThe 45th Annual TV Week Logie AwardsMcLeod's Daughters
2004NominatedGold LogieMost Popular Personality on Australian TelevisionThe 46th Annual TV Week Logie AwardsMcLeod's Daughters
WonSilver LogieMost Popular ActressThe 46th Annual TV Week Logie AwardsMcLeod's Daughters
2010WonQantas Film & Television Awards


  1. "Lisa Chappell Biography". Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  2. "Alumni News - Lisa Chappell". Actors Centre Australia. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  3. "Lisa Chappell as Claire McLeod". Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  4. "McLeod's Daughters a success". Melbourne: 19 April 2004. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  5. When Then Is Now. Lisa Chappell., Retrieved 13 January 2016
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