9 December 1972 |
Annalise Braakensiek (born 9 December 1972) is an Australian model, actress, and TV presenter.
Early life and education
Braakensiek was born in Sydney, New South Wales and speaks five languages; (she is fluent in both German and English, and can speak Dutch, Italian and Japanese).
An internationally recognised covergirl and Logie Award nominee, Sydney-based Annalise is also a lingerie and jewellery designer, vegetarian chef and entrepreneur.
In August 2009 she launched “Annalise” as her first collection of fashion forward lingerie specialising in larger cup sizes.
Annalise designed each piece in the range that were made with organic and recycled materials.
Annalise’s credentials as a designer also include a double major in jewellery and sculpture from the University of NSW College of Fine Arts. Annalise launched her signature jewellery collection “Annalise” in 2012.
Her acclaimed role as “Claudia McPherson” on cult SBS comedy Pizza garnered Annalise a Logie Award nomination for Outstanding New Talent in a Comedy. She helped develop her character, co-writing dialogue and contributing to storyline development. The show itself went on to be nominated for four Logie awards.
She has also appeared on Home and Away, Heart Break High, and guest starred in many others. Annalise has appeared as a presenter on German MTV, and was co-host of UK television game show Play Your Cards Right.
Scouted by a photographer on Bondi Beach at 16 years of age, Annalise has since been model and muse for some of the biggest and best-known designers, photographers and brands.
Her big break was the coveted Inside Sport Model of the Year in 1994, after which she went on to grace the magazine’s cover a record six times.
Annalise’s beach-blonde looks and killer curves have also landed her on the cover of Cosmopolitan (US), Loaded (UK) and Maxim (Italy) to name a few.
She’s starred in numerous advertising campaigns for Guinness, shot by celebrity photographer Rankin, Nivea, La Perla, Lee, Levi’s, Toyota with Jackie Chan and more, and has featured on no less than 21 different “Sexiest Woman Alive” lists.
Outside media and business commitments, Annalise willingly lends her time and energy to a number of cancer charities. Having lost her father to the disease, she works closely with the Starlight Foundation, Cancer Council and Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre to raise vital money and awareness.
She’s also a tireless advocate for animal rights and has lent her name to campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the Human Society International (HSI), and the RSPCA.
- Fat Pizza (2003) .... Claudia Macpherson
- "Pizza" .... Claudia Macpherson (15 episodes, 2000)
- Mr. Accident (2000) .... Fay
- "Home and Away" (1988) TV series .... Lise (unknown episodes, 1998)
- "Heartbreak High" .... Stephanie (1 episode, 1997)
- "Australian Model Annalise Braakensiek strips off to save sheep". Sawf News. 10 March 2006. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
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