Kelton Pell

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Kelton Pell
Occupation Actor

Kelton Pell is an Indigenous Australian stage, TV and film actor, perhaps best known for his role as the court liaison officer, Sam Wallan in the SBS legal drama The Circuit set in north-western Australia. Pell is from Western Australia.


Pell has been a stage presence in the theatre since 1985, performing for the Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre, the Black Swan Theatre Company and the Sydney Theatre Company. Many of these performances were of plays which grew from indigenous themes.[1]

In 2000 Pell along with Ningali Lawford and Phil Thomson wrote a show for the Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre called Solid, whose premiere performance was at the Perth International Arts Festival. Because of its sensitive indigenous subject matter, before the premiere the play was performed for, and to the approval of, 2000 Indigenous Australians.[2]

Recently Pell performed in several productions of the Stephen Page directed Bloodland, a play with a Romeo and Juliette type story. The play features traditional languages and Pidgin English, as well as song and dance.[3] As to versatility, he has even been in performances of Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Kelton Pell is a familiar face on Australian television, having been seen in the young TV show Bush Patrol and the SBS series, The Circuit, a legal drama set in the Kimberley. In 2012 he starred in an episode of the highly regarded TV series, Redfern Now, as a well-to-do Indigenous Australian living in Redfern, whose life seems to be exemplary, though he has been receiving government benefit money fraudulently.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Blackfellas Willice
2001 One Night the Moon Albert Yang
2002 Confessions Of A Headhunter Vinnie, the artist short film
2002 Australian Rules Tommy Red
2003 Cold Turkey Old Man
2007 The Turtle Pop Short film
2007 September Michael Parker
2009 Stone Bros. Hector
2009 Last Ride Ranger Lyall
2009 Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun Uncle Peter Short film
2009 Bran Nue Dae Mean Drunk
2011 Mad Bastards Mad Dog
2015 Redfern Now: Promise Me Raymond Television film
2015 Looking for Grace Detective
2016 Red Dog: True Blue Durack
2017 Three Summers Jack
2017 Nobody's Child Jimmy Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Adventures of the Bush Patrol Wazza
1998 Minty Jack Episode: "If I Were You"
2007–2010 The Circuit Sam Wallman 12 episodes
2011 Cloudstreet Bob Crab 3 episodes
2012 Redfern Now Raymond Episode: "Raymond"
2013 Hard Rock Medical Uncle Albert Episode: "Other Side of the Fence"
2014 The Moodys Fred Episode: "Australia Day"
2014 The Gods of Wheat Street Odin Freeburn 6 episodes


Pell has won the following awards:

  • In 1991 WA Aboriginal Artist of the Year Award.
  • In 1994 Swan Gold Award for Best West Australian Actor.
  • In 1996 Contemporary Performing Arts Award for Best Collaboration.[5]


  1. ^ "Kelton Pell" (PDF). Sue Barnett & Associates. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  2. ^ Andrea Mitchell (26 October 2000). "Interview with Phil Thomson, SOLID's director". Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Bloodland". QPAC. Archived from the original on 13 April 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Redfern Now - Raymond". the ABC. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Meet the Cast: Kelton Pell". SBS. Retrieved 24 November 2012.

External links

  • Kelton Pell on IMDb
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