Georgie Parker

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Georgie Parker
Born
Georgina Parker

(1964-12-16) 16 December 1964 (age 56)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationActress
Years active1988–present
Notable work
A Country Practice
All Saints
Home and Away
Spouse(s)Steve Worland (1999–present)
Children1

Georgina Parker (born 16 December 1964) is a two-time Gold Logie award-winning Australian television soap actress and has also appeared in film and theatre. She is best known for her acting roles in Australian soap operas; as Lucy Gardiner (later Tyler) in A Country Practice ; as Theresa "Terri" Sullivan in All Saints ; and as Roo Stewart in Home and Away . Parker is the second actress to play Roo Stewart.

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Personal life

Parker was born in 1964. She grew up in the Sydney North Shore suburb of St Ives and attended St Ives North Public School [1] in primary and attended Abbotsleigh School for Girls, in Sydney. Parker is the daughter of iconic Australian furniture designer Tony Parker of Parker Furniture. [2] She has been married since December 1999 to Steve Worland, the screenwriter of the Fox Searchlight feature film Bootmen (2000). Worland is also an action-adventure novelist and wrote Velocity (2012) and Combustion (2013). They have a daughter, Holly, born in September 2000. [3] Parker suffers from Scoliosis and is an ambassador of the National Scoliosis Foundation

Career

Parker was first seen in a small cameo part in the Yahoo Serious movie Young Einstein , before becoming a fixture on Australian television through her role as nurse Lucy Gardiner in A Country Practice [3] from 1989 to 1992. She also appeared as Despina, Memo's love interest, in the sitcom Acropolis Now . She had starring roles in the television series Over the Hill in 1994 and as young firefighter "Mad Dog" Cartwright in the first season of Fire in 1995.

From 1998 until 2005, Parker played Sister Teresa (Terri) Sullivan, a nurse and former nun, in the Australian medical drama series All Saints, for which she was awarded a number of Logies, including 'Most Popular Actress' in 2001. This saw her win the award for the fourth time, having already won 3 times from 1991 to 1993 for her role on A Country Practice. In 2001 & 2002 Parker won the Gold Logie or 'Most Popular TV Personality' firmly cementing her place as an Australian television favourite.

In 2002, Parker took part in the Australian musical theatre production The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular , where she appeared as "Kate Conroy", the daughter of the Station owner, "John Conroy" – and the romantic interest of "Jim Ryan" (The Man).

In 2004 Parker starred in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Scenes From A Separation, as journalist Nina Molyneux. After concluding her work on All Saints in 2005, Parker starred in the Ensemble Theatre's production of 'Chapter Two' as actress Jennie MacLaine.

In 2006, she joined the Nine Network to host the new TV show, Clever . She also appears on the ABC children's show Play School and starred in the telemovie 'Stepfather of the Bride' for the same network. In 2006 she also headlined the Network Ten tele-movie The Society Murders. She was a semi-regular guest on the show The Glass House .

She was in The Wiggles DVD Racing to the Rainbow.

Georgie Parker starred in the drama Emerald Falls, which aired on Network Ten. She also briefly hosted Animal Emergency for Channel Nine in 2008, and acted as the New South Wales Premier in the telemovie Scorched for Channel Nine in 2008. .

Parker released a children's album in 2008.

2010s

In 2010, she appeared as Det. Senior Sergeant Susan Blake on the Australian drama City Homicide . She plays Miss Monica in David Williamson's Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica. [3]

The Seven Network announced in August 2010 that Parker would return to screens playing the character of Roo Stewart in Home and Away . The character was previously portrayed by Justine Clarke from 1988 to 1989. [4]

In 2011, Parker appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? Season 3, Episode 6, in which she explored the strength and courage shown by the women on both sides of her family. On her mother's side, Georgie's quest begins with her maternal grandmother Grace, before investigating her father's maternal ancestors, the Breckenridges. [5] [6]

Filmography

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1988 The 13th Floor Maid
1988 Young Einstein Country Girl Fan
2006 Irresistible Jen
2010 Santa's Apprentice Mrs. PoulmerVoice in English version
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1988Reed Down UnderCabbieTelevision film
1988 Dadah Is Death Corine JohnstoneTelevision film
1989 Rafferty's Rules Episode – "Politburo"
1988–1992 A Country Practice Barbara Gottlieb (1988)
Sister Lucy 'Gardiner' Tyler (1989–1992)
266 episodes
1992 All Together Now Brenda BeanleyEpisode – "Love Me Tender"
1992 G.P. Marcey HeywoodEpisode – "Funny Business"
1992 Acropolis Now Despina Hatzipapadopoulos10 episodes
1994Over the HillSandy SpencerTelevision series
1995 Fire Firefighter Morgan 'Mad Dog' CartwrightSeason one; 13 episodes
1997ReprisalJanisTelevision film
2003 The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular Kate ConroyTelevision film
1998–2005 All Saints Terri Sullivan 307 episodes
2006 The Society Murders Emma ConnellTelevision film
2006Stepfather of the BrideCatrionaTelevision film
2006–2008 Stupid, Stupid Man Dr. McPherson (2006)
Uta (2008)
2 episodes
2008 Emerald Falls Joni FergusonTelevision film
2008 Scorched Angela BoardmanTelevision film
2010 City Homicide Susan Blake 2 episodes
2010– Home and Away Ruth "Roo" StewartMain role
2011 Who Do You Think You Are? HerselfSeason 3, Episode 6

Awards

Parker has been nominated for Logie Awards several times, and has won many Logies, including two Gold Logies.

Awards for Georgie Parker include:

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Nominated

She was nominated for an Aria Award in 2009 for Best Children's Album for Here Comes The Sun.

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References

  1. St Ives North Public School Front Gate paving stones
  2. https://thedesignfiles.net/2014/10/tony-parker-of-parker-furniture/.Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. 1 2 3 Simons, Polly (12 October 2010). "Georgie Parker, The Logie-Winning actress has the last laugh". Northside. Courier Newspapers. p. 19. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  4. "Georgie Parker joins Home and Away". The Spy Report. Media Spy. 9 August 2010. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  5. http://www.artemisfilms.com/productions/who-do-you-think-you-are-series-3
  6. https://next-episode.net/who-do-you-think-you-are-australia/season-3
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Lisa McCune
for Blue Heelers
Gold Logie Award
Most Popular Personality on Australian Television

20012002
for All Saints
Succeeded by
Rove McManus
for Rove Live