Gigi Edgley

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Gigi Edgley
Gigi Edgley 44.jpg
Edgley in January 2013
Born (1977-11-16) 16 November 1977 (age 36)
Perth, Australia
Occupation Actress, singer, songwriter
Years active 1999–present
Height 1.67 m (5'5.75")
Spouse(s) Jamey Mossengren (2012-present)
Parents Michael Edgley,
Jeni Edgley
Website
gigiedgley.com

Gigi Edgley (born 16 November 1977) is an Australian actress and recording artist. She is best known for her roles as Chiana on the series Farscape and Lara Knight in Rescue: Special Ops.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Edgley was born in Perth. She is the daughter of concert and circus promoter Michael Edgley, known for bringing the Moscow State Circus to Australia during the 1980s. Her mother, Jeni Edgley, was formally involved in managing a 250-acre (101 hectare) health retreat. As a child, Gigi Edgley performed both in and out of school. She also took several years of ballet, jazz, and character dance. She became mainly interested in acting and had her first professional theatrical engagement at the Twelfth Night Theatre. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Queensland University of Technology in 1998.[1] As a believer in the school of method acting, Gigi has developed a broad set of skills and experiences for her roles. Edgley is proficient in ballet, jazz, character dance, singing, and martial arts. Her signature skill is fire-twirling.[2][3][4]

TV and film work[edit]

Edgley at 2013 Phoenix Comicon.

Edgley's early TV and film work included several independent productions (with later Farscape co-star Anthony Simcoe), as well as a guest star spot on the popular Australian series Water Rats and a role in Australian film titled The Day of the Roses.

Edgley is best known for her role as Chiana on the science fiction TV series Farscape. Originally, she was hired for only one episode, and her character was supposed to die at the end of the hour. The creators decided to keep her around for a few more episodes. At the beginning of Season 2, she was promoted to be a regular on the show. She appeared in total of 68 episodes of the series. Her character's nickname (Pip) was actually coined by her co-star Ben Browder.

Between seasons, Edgley has appeared in other guest starring roles on TV, including the popular internationally aired series The Lost World and BeastMaster (returning for a second guest starring role), has undertaken some independent film work, was cast in a feature film (pulled due to production and schedule reasons), and read a starring role in an audio drama for Seeing Ear Theatre.

After the cancellation of Farscape, Edgley pursued other projects including a role in the Australian drama telefilm BlackJack with Colin Friels. She joined the cast of Australian drama series The Secret Life of Us in 2003 and Stingers in 2004.

Edgley returned as Chiana in the SciFi Channel miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars.

Edgley in January 2011

In 2006 Edgley starred as the female lead in critically acclaimed Australian Drama/Thriller Last Train to Freo. Her role was nominated for a Best Actress in a Lead Role by the Film Critics Circle of Australia.[5] She also had a minor supporting role in the 2007 USA Network TV miniseries The Starter Wife. She had a leading role in three seasons of Rescue: Special Ops from 2009.

She frequently appears at science fiction conventions and gives interviews to many magazines and radio stations around the world.

Music[edit]

Edgley recorded a music single titled "Poison" with recording artist n8. The song is available as streaming audio on her webpage in the music section.[6] She also appeared in a music video for the song "When I Get to California" (2004) by Australian rock group Hoodoo Gurus.

In July 2007, Edgley began recording with Seattle-based artist/producer Kyle Stevens and writing songs for a new music release. At Farscape Con in November 2007, Gigi released "...SO IT SEEMS", a five song E.P. produced and co-written with Kyle. Edgley has recorded Fall, Ftang!, and Blue Sky Thoughts.

Other appearances and achievements[edit]

Edgley was featured in several printed magazines. Most notably, she appeared nude in the Issue 49 (February 2001) of the popular Australian magazine Black+White. She was also on the cover of the FHM magazine in December 2003 and the cover of the US version of the TV Guide (the 29 July – 4 August 2000 issue).

Edgley was Yen Magazine's ambassador for the 2006 Pantene Young Woman of the Year Awards.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 2012 Edgley married world champion unicyclist and performer Jamey Mossengren in Hawaii.[8] Edgley was in her early 20s when they met.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film
  • 1997 Pure White Light – Tracy
  • 1997 The Bastard – She[10]
  • 1997 Him and Her – Her
  • 2006 Last Train to Freo – Lisa
  • 2008 Newcastle – Sandra
  • 2010 Quantum Apocalypse – Trish
  • 2010 Nobody Knows – Lead role, directed by Gigi Edgley & Brian Meredith
  • 2013 One Step Ahead - Lead role
Television

Music credits[edit]

  • Vocal work on a single Poison by N8
  • Starred in a video for When You Get To California by Hoodoo Gurus

Awards[edit]

  • 2006 – Film Critics Circle of Australia Award Nomination for Best Actress in a motion picture (Last Train to Freo)
  • 2003 – SyFy Genre Award for Best Supporting Actress (Television)
  • 2002 – Saturn Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series (Farscape) [11]
  • 2001 – Maxim Award Nomination for Sexiest Space Babe (Television)

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Gigi Edgley: Resume". Resumes.actorsaccess.com. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  3. ^ "GIGI EDGLEY - Resume | Actors Access". Resumes.actorsaccess.com. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  4. ^ Actors Access (SM). Retrieved on 2008-09-04.
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ "Gigi Edgley". Gigi Edgley. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  7. ^ Pantene awards
  8. ^ Love on bicycles made for one!
  9. ^ Gigi Edgley's favourite things
  10. ^ "The Bastard". Video.google.com. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  11. ^ [3]

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