Amber Mae Cecil was born in 1938 to two of Australia’s best known radio figures: actress Rosalind Kennerdale and senior producer for the ABC, Lawrence H Cecil. At an early age, Cecil acquired reading and performing skills at her mother’s radio school.
She made her debut aged 12 in the Grace Gibson production Night Beat. She then acted in ABC-produced programs for children in her after-school time. At 13, Amber Mae Cecil was cast in a lead role in an ABC radio play, Lace on Her Petticoat. Also in the play was Queenie Ashton, who took Amber Mae Cecil under her wing.
In 1953, at the age of 15, Cecil left school to co-star as the daughter, Janie, in the popular family comedy, Life with Dexter, with Ray Hartley as the son, Ashley. The show was recorded live each week before an audience at 2GB and Cecil continued in the role for 11 years.