Catherine McClements

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Catherine McClements
Born 1965
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present
Known for Rachel Goldstein in Water Rats
Kerry Vincent in Rush
Christine Williams in Tangle
Spouse(s) Jacek Koman (c.1990–)
Children Clementine Coco Koman (2001)
Quincy Koman (2007)

Catherine McClements (born 1965 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian actress.

Early life[edit]

McClements is the third of four children, and after acting with the St Martins Youth Arts Centre in Melbourne for a couple of years, she successfully auditioned for the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art when she was 17. She graduated from NIDA in 1985, alongside Baz Luhrmann, Sonia Todd and Justin Monjo.[1][2][3] In 1988, McClements, along with a number of other people including Baz Luhrmann, set up an experimental theatre ensemble called 'Six Years Old', and they worked on expanding the play Strictly Ballroom, which was first produced in their second year of NIDA in 1984.[4]

Career[edit]

McClements is best known for her starring role as Rachel Goldstein on the Australian police drama Water Rats from 1996 to 1999. She had a recurring guest role on The Secret Life of Us in 2001, for which she won the AFI Award for Best Actress in a Guest Role in a Television Drama. She later starred as Rosie in the 2003 drama series CrashBurn and appeared in the Network Ten telemovie Mary Bryant in 2005. In 1993 she had a role in The Girl from Tomorrow Part II: Tomorrow's End.

Her latest television roles include Inspector/Superintendent Kerry Vincent, in the Australian police drama, Rush, and psychologist Christine Williams in the Showcase drama, Tangle. A second and third season of Tangle and Rush respectively were announced in 2009, and both aired in 2010.[5][6] Tangle and Rush have been commissioned for new seasons, both to start filming in mid-2011.[7][8] In 2010, McClements won an AFI award for her role in Tangle. She has also won ASTRA awards for her role in Tangle in 2011 and 2013.[9]

McClements is also an accomplished stage actress, who has appeared in stage productions for many theatre companies, including Belvoir St Theatre, the Melbourne Theatre Company, the Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare and the Malthouse Theatre. In 1987, McClements worked in Adelaide with the South Australia Theatre Company.

In 2011, McClements guest starred in a YouTube and Facebook only show called Queer as F**k, playing Mel – a friend of main character Aaron (Gary Abrahams).

In 2012, McClements was cast as Meg Jackson in Wentworth, the remake of the Australian classic Prisoner. It will air in 2013. Also in 2013, McClements will return to the stage, in Sharr White's play The Other Place, for the Melbourne Theatre Company, and Phèdre for Bell Shakespeare.

Earlier in 2013, McClements was cast in new ABC telemovie The Broken Shore, alongside Don Hany, Dan Wyllie and Claudia Karvan. It will premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival in October 2013, and air on the ABC in early 2014.[10]

In September 2013, McClements was cast in the film The Menkoff Method, which will be directed by David Parker.[11]

Personal life[edit]

McClements' partner is actor Jacek Koman who also guest starred in The Secret Life of Us as Dominic, though they were not on the show at the same time.[12] They met at the Anthill Theatre in Melbourne in the late 1980s, and have a daughter named Coco (born July 2001) and a son named Quincy (born May 2007). Her sister is Georgina McClements, a producer, who has credits in shows such as Summer Heights High and Real Stories. Her brother is Brendan McClements, who is the current CEO of Victorian Major Events Company.[13] McClements is good friends with fellow actress Claudia Karvan, whom she met at the AFI awards in 1990 and starred with in the film Redheads in 1992.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Name Year Character Notes
Just Us (TV movie) 1986 Jessica Taylor Based on the book by Gabrielle Carey. Also stars Scott Burgess and Gina Riley.
My Brother Tom (TV mini series) 1986 Margaret 'Peggy' McGibbon Based on the book by James Aldridge. Also stars Gordon Jackson and Keith Michell. Filmed in 1985.
The Right Hand Man (film) 1987 Sarah Redbridge Based on the book by K. M. Peyton. Also stars Rupert Everett and Hugo Weaving. Filmed in 1985.
Struck by Lightning (film) 1990 Jill McHugh Filmed in Adelaide. Also stars Garry McDonald and Brian Vriends.
Weekend With Kate (film) 1990 Kate Muir Filmed in Palm Beach and Sydney. Also stars Colin Friels and Helen Mutkins.
Redheads (film) 1992 Diana Ferraro Also known as Desperate Prey, and stars Claudia Karvan.
The Girl from Tomorrow: Tomorrow's End (TV) 1993 Lorien The second in The Girl from Tomorrow series. Also stars Katharine Cullen and Marshall Napier.
GP (TV) 1993 Heather Ryan Guest starred in one episode - Close Encounters.
Water Rats (TV) 1996–1999 Rachel Goldstein 109 episodes; credited in two episodes in 2000. Also stars Colin Friels.
Waiting at the Royal (TV movie) 2000 Dinny Weston Also stars Noni Hazelhurst and Josephine Byrnes.
Better Than Sex (film) 2000 Sam Also stars Susie Porter and David Wenham.
The Secret Life of Us (TV) 2001–2002 Carmen 10 episodes as a special guest star. Won an AFI award for the episode Love Sucks.
After the Deluge (TV movie) 2003 Nikki Kirby Also stars David Wenham and Hugo Weaving.
Floodhouse (film) 2003 Ava 50 minute film. Also stars Robert Menzies and Victoria Thaine.
CrashBurn (TV) 2003 Rosie Harfield Filmed in Melbourne in 2002. Also stars Aaron Blabey and Sacha Horler.
Mary Bryant (TV movie) 2005 Marleen Only in the second part.
Call Me Mum (TV movie) 2006 Kate Mockumentary style film. Also stars Lynette Curran.
Sexy Thing (film) 2006 Mum Short film - 15 minutes. Also stars Hanna Mangan-Lawrence.
Real Stories (TV) 2006 Jillian Guest starred in one episode.
Fast Lane (film) 2007 Louise Short film - 15 minutes.
Emerald Falls (TV movie) 2008 Rosalie Bailey Filmed in Sydney in 2007. Also stars Georgie Parker.
Rush (TV) 2008–2011 Kerry Vincent All 70 episodes. Also stars Rodger Corser and Callan Mulvey.
Tangle (TV) 2009–2012 Christine Williams Filmed in Melbourne and screens on Foxtel. Also stars Justine Clarke and Kat Stewart.
The Pacific (TV) 2010 Catherine Leckie Guest starred in one episode - Home.
Wentworth (TV) 2013 Meg Jackson A new 10-part series for Foxtel.
The Broken Shore (TV movie) 2013-14 Erica Burgouyne A new telemovie for the ABC, based on the book by Peter Temple.
The Menkoff Method (film) 2014 Majorie A quirky comedy directed by David Parker.
The Time of Our Lives (TV) 2014 Diana Second series of the ABC drama.

Self[edit]

Name Year Notes
Doing Time (TV documentary) 1999 Narrated the 10-part series.
Good Morning Australia (TV) 2000 Guest, hosted by Bert Newton.
Good Morning Australia (TV) 2002 Guest, hosted Bert Newton.
Rove Live (TV) 2003 Guest, hosted by Rove McManus.
The Fat (TV) 2003 Guest, hosted by Tony Squires.
Whale Patrol (TV documentary) 2009 Narrated.
The Circle 2010 Guest, hosted by Chrissie Swan and Gorgi Coghlan.
AFI Awards (TV) 2010 Presenter.
Things on Sunday: Sex. Malthouse Theatre 2011 Panel member.
Logie Awards (TV) 2011 Presenter.
IF Awards (TV) 2011 Presenter.
Astra Awards (TV) 2013 Presenter.

Theatre Work[edit]

Name Year Character Notes
Holiday Makers 1984 Unknown Performed at NIDA, Sydney. Directed by Nick Enright.
All's Well that Ends Well 1984 Unknown Performed at NIDA. Directed by Kevin Jackson.
Strictly Ballroom 1984; 1986 Barbara Pierce Performed at NIDA in 1984, and in Bratislava in 1986. Directed by Baz Luhrmann.
The Unseen Hand 1985 Unknown Part of the Hallucinogenics? 3 plays from the 60s event. Performed at NIDA. Directed by Ian Watson.
The Greeks 1985 Iphigenia Trilogy: The War, The Murders, The Gods. Performed at NIDA, and St Martin's Youth Arts Centre, Melbourne.
Dreamplay 1985 Unknown Performed at NIDA. Directed by Jim Sharman.
Once in a Lifetime 1985 Unknown Performed at NIDA. Directed by Gale Edwards.
And a Nightingale Sang 1986 Joyce Performed at the Sydney Opera House. Directed by Peter Kingston.
Much Ado About Nothing 1987 Hero Performed at The Playhouse in Adelaide. Directed by Gale Edwards and John Gaden.
Shepherd on the Rocks 1987 Several Played Rhonda Moffat, News team member and Female whale saver. Performed at The Playhouse in Adelaide. Directed by Neil Armfield.
The Winter's Tale 1987 Perdita; Servant Performed at The Playhouse in Adelaide. Directed by Gale Edwards and John Gaden.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1987 Unknown Performed at The Playhouse in Adelaide. Directed by John Gaden.
Away 1987 Meg Performed at The Playhouse in Adelaide. Directed by Aubrey Mellor.
Moliere 1988 Unknown Also known as The Cabal of Hypocrites. Performed at Key Studios, Melbourne. Directed by Jean-Pierre Mignon.
The Imaginary Invalid 1989; 1990 Angelique Performed at different locations in Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. Directed by Jean-Pierre Mignon.
Crystal Clear 1990 Thomasina Performed at Universal Theatre, Melbourne. Directed by Terrence O'Connell.
The Crucible 1991 Abigail Performed at the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre. Directed by Richard Wherrett.
Angels in America 1993; 1994 Harper Performed at different locations in Melbourne and Adelaide. Directed by Neil Armfield.
Seeing Violet 1994 Isabel Performed at Napier Street Theatre, Melbourne. Directed by Melanie Beddie.
No Family 1994 Unknown Performed at Napier Street Theatre, Melbourne. Directed by Chris Corbett.
At Dusk 1994 Lily Performed at Napier Street Theatre, Melbourne. Directed by Tom Considine.
The Blind Giant Is Dancing 1995 Louise Performed at Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney. Directed by Neil Armfield.
Suddenly Last Summer 2000 Catharine Performed at Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney. Directed by Neil Armfield.
Emma Celebrazione! 2000 --- Directed. Performed at Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne.
Macbeth 2003 Lady Macbeth Performed at Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney. Directed by Michael Kantor.
Cruel and Tender 2005 Amelia Performed at Fairfax Studio, Melbourne. Directed by Julian Meyrick.
It Just Stopped 2006 Beth Performed at Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne and Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney. Directed by Neil Armfield.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf 2007 Martha Performed at Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney. Directed by Benedict Andrews.
Appetite 2008 Louise Performed at different locations in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. Directed by Kate Denborough.
Happy Ending 2011 Louise Part of the Cybec Readings at the Lawler Studio, Melbourne. Directed by Aidan Fennessy.
8 2012 Sandy Stier Performed at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne and the Sydney Town Hall for one night each. Directed by Bruce Myles.
Never Did Me Any Harm 2012 TBA Performing at Southbank Theatre at the Melbourne Festival. Directed by Kate Champion.
The Other Place 2013 Juliana Smithton Arts Centre Playhouse, Melbourne. Directed by Nadia Tass. Also stars David Roberts and Heidi Arena.
Phèdre 2013 Phèdre Merlyn Theatre, Melbourne; Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre, Sydney. Directed by Peter Evans. Also stars Marco Chiappi and Abby Earl.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit 2013 Unnamed character Beckett Theatre, Melbourne. One night only.

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Film/TV/Theatre Result
1990 AFI Best Actress in a Lead Role Weekend With Kate Won
1993 Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Redheads Won
1994 Green Room Award Best Female Actor in a Play Angels in America Nominated
1998 Logie Award Most Popular Actress Water Rats Nominated
Most Outstanding Actress Water Rats Won
People's Choice Award Favourite Actress in a Drama or Serial Water Rats Nominated
1999 AFI Best Actress in a Lead Role Water Rats (episode 4.17 I'm Home) Nominated
2000 Logie Award Most Outstanding Actress Water Rats Nominated
2001 AFI Best Actress in a guest role in a Television Series The Secret Life of Us Won
2007 AFI Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama Call Me Mum Nominated
2008 Helpmann Award Best Female Actor in a Play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nominated
2010 Astra Award Most Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor Tangle Nominated
AFI Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama Tangle Won
2011 Astra Award Most Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor Tangle Won
Logie Award Most Outstanding Actress Rush Nominated
2013 Logie Award Most Outstanding Actress Tangle Nominated
ASTRA Award Most Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor Tangle Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alumni National Institute of Dramatic Art
  2. ^ Morgan, Joyce (14 June 2003). "Good cop, bad cop". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Bone, Pamela (15 May 1986). "Chiltern lives again – just for television". The Age (Google News Archive). Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Albert, Jane (2010). House of Hits: The great untold story of Australia's first family of music. Prahran,VIC: Hardie Grant Books. 
  5. ^ Second season for Tangle TV Tonight
  6. ^ Rush wins third season on Ten TV Tonight
  7. ^ Renewed: Tangle TV Tonight
  8. ^ Renewed: Rush TV Tonight
  9. ^ 2011 Winners Astra awards
  10. ^ ABC announces top cast for The Broken Shore TV Tonight, 2 April 2013
  11. ^ Cast is set for The Menkoff Method Inside Film
  12. ^ Rose, Colin (8 June 2003). "Double Trouble". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  13. ^ Boland, Michaela (25 September 2009). "Roll out the red carpet". The Australian. 
  14. ^ Cool Cat The Age, 31 October 2008

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