(born 1955) is an Australian actress, director and producer.
Deborra-lee Furness is an internationally acclaimed actress as well as a passionate supporter of children and defender of their human rights across the globe.
Deborra-lee’s humanitarian work for children is a driving force in her life, in 2005 she co-founded The Rafiki Society in Vancouver, which is operational in assisting orphanages in Africa.
Deborra-lee is the Founder and Patron of National Adoption Awareness Week in Australia.It is her passion that children all over the world be given every chance to live a fulfilled life and achieve their full potential.
Deborra-lee is Patron of the Lighthouse Foundation for displaced children in Melbourne Australia, Patron of the Bone Marrow Donor Institute for children with leukemia, and Patron of International Adoption Families for Queensland. She is also on the Advisory Committee for Film Aid International, working with refugees throughout the world.
As a World Vision ambassador Deborra-lee recently travelled to Cambodia and Ethiopia to assist with raising awareness and funds.
Deborra-lee is Executive Director for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation Australia and was recently honoured at the Worldwide Orphans Gala in New York City for all her work in advocacy for vulnerable children. She is an adoptive mother of two.