When Deborah Riley was a school student at Bracken Ridge, she was a star in art class.
Deborah’s creations were known across the fledgling St Joseph’s primary school and St John Fisher College, only a few kilometres apart in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.
And they’re now known across the television world after Deborah won her third consecutive Emmy Award for her work on the blockbuster series Game Of Thrones.
Deborah is the production designer, making her responsible for the grand sets that help to bring to life a show set in the 15th century.
Last weekend, she received the Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program of one hour or more.
Deborah’s work on Game Of Thrones continues a career that has included films such as Moulin Rouge and 21 Grams, learning from star directors Baz Luhrmann and Alejandro González Iñárritu. Before Deborah left for life in Los Angeles, she also worked on the Sydney Olympics Closing Ceremony.
“We’re very proud of Deborah’s achievements,” said St John Fisher College principal Maree Messer, who also taught Deborah.
“We tell our students that, with a balanced education and with a very good work ethic, they can achieve anything.
“Deborah is a great example of that. She was a very talented student so she really could have chosen many paths in life but she has gone this way and it’s wonderful to see her succeed.”
Deborah travels widely for Game Of Thrones including to set locations in the likes of Northern Ireland and Spain.