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Shareena Clanton

Shareena Clanton is a film, theatre and television actress with a strong advocacy for human rights and indigenous affairs. Clanton is best known for her roles on Ben Elton Live from Planet Earth (2011)Nowhere Boys (2013)Rosehaven (2016)The Cry (2018), and as the character of Doreen Anderson on the award winning Australian drama Wentworth (2013) . Clanton played her role for five years before leaving the show to focus on her passion for indigenous rights.

Clanton holds a First Class Honours for a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Indigenous Research Methodologies) from Curtin University, with a particular focus on making indigenous women more visible and accurately represented in the film and television industry.

Clanton has been a cultural consultant on major television productions in Australia and continues to encourage indigenous women to be global citizens.