A graduate of The Actors Institute, London (UK), Sally has played leading roles on the London stage in various productions including Macbeth, Hamlet, Top Girls, Uncle Vanya and the World Premier of Annabel's Requiem. She has appeared on UK television in The Bookworm, The 80's, The Late Show and as "Angie Powers" in the BBC mini-series Bootleg opposite Tim Robertson.
On the Australian stage, her credits cover playing leads in over 30 productions - the highlights of which include Young Turks (for LaMama Theatre), Romeo & Juliet and Comedy of Errors (for the Australian Shakespeare Company) and the Australian Premiers of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change at the Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne (opposite Julia Morris and Matt Hetherington) and Chasing Pegasus: a play in ten chords (opposite Jennifer Hansen and Bridget Neval).
Australian television credits include Flying Doctors, Totally Full Frontal, The D-Generation, Bingles, Blue Heelers, Neighbours, Tonight Live, Comedy Inc, Lowdown, Killing Time and Elephant Princess. Film credits include Without A Word, Life of Death, Sleeper, Brigit & Benny (a modern faerietale) and Why Must The Show Go On? and the UK features Ladybird, Secrets and A Little Rain Must Fall opposite UK comic Alistair Barrie.
Collection of clips from Sally McLean's TV & Film acting career to date.Duration: 03:10
Teaser for Web TV series D.A.T.E. Me featuring Sally McLean as "Tracy"Duration: 02:41
Teaser trailer to film Why Must The Show Go On? featuring Sally McLean as "Madeleine"Duration: 01:48
"Laugh-out-loud funny at times, with clever direction and brilliant performances from a strong ensemble of actors - I highly recommend this show to anyone who thinks Shakespeare is dry and difficult - once you see this production your opinion will be forever reversed. The ASC has proved that the Bard can be as funny and highly entertaining now as he would have been when Lizzy the First was on the throne. Highlights ... Sally McLean as "Dowsabel" - her commitment to character and belief in the world on stage makes her a joy to watch ... Don't miss this show. Five out of five stars."Beat Magazine
"The cast were all strong performers, playing their well-drawn characters with truth and believability, but the standouts were ... Sally McLean ("Katherine") who drew an achingly beautiful and entirely convincing portrait of a woman in crisis and conflict, caught between her love for and abject fear of a brutal husband."Theatre Australia
"The artists: Sonya Kerr, Amy Felman, Lily Frances, Katie Boon, Caroline Lloyd and Sally McLean. The girls worked well together with no hesitation in their performances. Emotions ranged from comedy to grief , drama and dance, all done with ease and professionalism."PK Theatre Reviews
"The cast are all superb actors. Judith (played by Sally McLean), starts off as a likable, genuine character ... McLean gave the character great vulnerability and depth, as well as being convincing as an early sufferer of MS ..."Theatre Talk
"... an excellent night's entertainment. Laughs galore, strong comedic acting - altogether a really tight show. All the cast's performances were delightful ... the two actors that had the toughest job as far as the laugh lines department goes - Bruce Woolley as "Glen" and Sally McLean as "Marissa" - shone for me, both making what could have been the most bland of lines funny."CitySearch
“… an utterly convincing performance as the old Scottish King, belying the fact that McLean is not only young and a woman, but also Australian.”Time Out London
"The cast were superb, all of them giving strong performances, particularly Rebecca Nunn, Joanna Goodchild, James Buckley and Sally McLean. "IMDB