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Indigenous Australian actor dies on tour

By AAP Newswire

Indigenous actor Ningali Lawford-Wolf has died while on tour with the Sydney Theatre Company in Scotland.

The 52-year-old was in Edinburgh performing in The Secret River, with the news of her death on August 11 "devastating" her STC colleagues.

"Ningali was an incredibly talented performer as well as a wonderfully caring and thoughtful person. We've lost one of Australian theatre's greatest treasures," her family and STC said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Ningali's family as well as the cast and crew of The Secret River are understandably very distressed by this news."

The Australian actor was born under a tree at Christmas Creek Station in the far north Kimberley region of Western Australia.

She trained as a dancer at the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre and continued to perform professionally with Bangarra Dance Theatre in Sydney.

Ms Lawford-Wolf is known for her roles in Rabbit-Proof Fence, Bran Nue Dae and Last Cab to Darwin. She also appeared in television shows The Circuit, 3 Acts of Murder, Little J & Big Cuz and Mystery Road.

The Wangkatjungka woman is also known for her stage performances including her one-woman show Ningali, which earnt her a Green Room Award for best actress and a Fringe First Award for best new production.

Ms Lawford-Wolf is survived by her children Jaden, Rosie, Alexander, William and Florence, and her grandchildren Zavia and Mia.