Rabbit Proof Fence actress Ningali Lawford-Wolf dies at Edinburgh Festival aged 52

Ningali Lawford-Wolf passed away at Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Picture: Getty)

Ningali Lawford-Wolf, Australian actress and performer, has died at the age of 52.

The actress, who was of Aboriginal descent, was performing a production of The Secret River at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the Sydney Theatre Company when she took ill.

She was best known for her work alongside Kenneth Branagh in Rabbit Proof Fence in 2002, which followed the story of three half-white, half-Aboriginal girls escaping from being trained as domestic staff and going on an adventure across Australia.

Ningali passed away on Sunday with her theatre company confirming her death in a statement praising her as a ‘wonderfully thoughtful and caring person’.

The statement read: ‘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.’

The star was performing The Secret River with the Sydney Theatre Company at the festival (Picture: Getty)

‘Ningali was a wonderful mother to Jaden, Rosie, Alexander, William, and Florence, and loving grandmother to Zavia and Mia,’ they continued.

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

‘All of us at STC offer our condolences to Ningali’s family and friends, and ask that their privacy is respected at this time.’

The star was remembered as ‘one of Australian theatre’s greatest treasures’ (Picture: Getty)

The team had previously cancelled two of the shows in light of Ningali falling ill, with an understudy taking her place for the show’s final four performances.

Ningali is due to be seen in Australian TV mini-series Upright, appearing in one episode.

She also appeared in new comedy series KGB, this year, playing the mother of the leading man.

Originally from Western Australia Aboriginal community Wangkatjungka, the star has been working and training in performance arts since a child.

She was also a professional Bangarra dance performer in Sydney.

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