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Ledger scholarship for Hollywood hopeful
Anna McGahan. Picture: Simon Santi/The West Australian

Just two years out of acting school, rising star Anna McGahan cannot believe her good fortune after a golden run on the small screen.

This year's Heath Ledger Scholarship winner has appeared in Spirited, House Husbands, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab and been nominated for a Logie as the notorious 1920s prostitute Nellie Cameron in Underbelly: Razor.

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After such a hectic television schedule, McGahan is in Perth to perform in just her second play, David Williamson's cross-dressing AFL football farce Managing Carmen.

The 24-year-old Queenslander said she was relishing the honour of performing in the Heath Ledger Theatre after winning the $10,000 scholarship.

"It is a lovely and serendipitous thing to perform on the stage named after him," McGahan said. "I have been so lucky. I am sure I will be out of work at some point and I am ready for it. It is one of those things and I can't really believe it."

The scholarship will give McGahan the chance to launch herself in Los Angeles next year after filming the second season of House Husbands.

McGahan also has serious runs on the board as a writer, having penned three plays, including a dystopian tale of surveillance and thwarted love called He's Seeing Other People Now. She harbours ambitions to write more for the stage and possibly the screen.

Managing Carmen opens tonight and runs until December 2.

Anna McGahan stars in Managing Carmen. Picture: Simon Santi/The West Australian