Jacqueline McKenzie

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Jacqueline McKenzie
Born Jacqueline Susan McKenzie
(1967-10-24) 24 October 1967 (age 47)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active Since 1987
Spouse(s) Bill Walter (1996–2000)[1]

Jacqueline Susan McKenzie (born 24 October 1967)[2] is an Australian actress.

Early life[edit]

Born in Sydney, Australia, McKenzie graduated in 1990 from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).[1] She made her film debut in the 1992 film Romper Stomper directed by Geoffrey Wright which starred Russell Crowe. Her stage debut was in Child Dancing, directed by Michael Gow for Griffin Theatre Company.


She made a strong impression with her first film Romper Stomper (1992), winning Best Actress award at the Film Critics Circle of Australia.[3]. In her "nothing short of stunning" film debut[4], Jacqueline was described as "especially shining in her courage, truth and skill." [5]The role also garnered her attention overseas, where she won Best Actress at the 1992 Stockholm International Film Festival for her "stark and non-sentimental portrayal of a young woman whose life has turned into a desperate chase for all she has lost: love, serenity, identity. Her character plays an essential part in creating the inexorable force and impact of the film."[6] Over the next couple of years, came to be regarded as one of Australia's most promising young actresses. She received Australian Film Institute Award nominations for her roles in Stark, This Won't Hurt a Bit (both 1993), The Battlers and Traps (both 1994) before winning two awards in 1995 for "Best Actress in a Television Drama" for Halifax f.p.: "Lies of the Mind", and Best Actress in a Leading Role for Angel Baby. She won the prestigious Silver Logie for her role in Halifax f.p.. With this success she ventured to the United States and secured a Green Card, as a "Person of Extraordinary Ability". She subsequently had acting roles in films such as Deep Blue Sea (1999) and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) with Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Ellen Burstyn and James Garner; "Freak Weather", with Aida Turturro and John Carroll Lynch; "Love from Ground Zero" with Simon Baker and Pruitt Taylor Vince, and the UK independent films "Eisenstein" with Simon McBurney and "Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang)" with Stellan Skarsgard, Chris Penn, Sienna Guillory and Paul Bettany.

In 2004, she began playing the lead female role Diana Skouris in the Emmy Award nominated science fiction television series The 4400, one of the year's biggest successes on the USA Network. The show ran for four seasons, ending in 2007. She also played a lead role in an episode of Two Twisted (2006), an Australian television program. McKenzie appeared on television again in 2006 starring as Linda Landry in "Umney's Last Case" with William H. Macy the third episode of Nightmares and Dreamscapes on TNT. She starred as Veronica Hayden-Jones in "Mental" on the Fox Network which was filmed at Fox Telecolombia in Bogota, Colombia. This was the first American T.V. series to be filmed in Latin America for international markets.

She has recorded a collection of songs: "Shy Baby", "Boo Boo", "Find Me", "Summer", "Under The Elm" and "Ever". "Shy Baby" was used in the second season finale of The 4400, and was included in the show's soundtrack released in April 2007.

From 7 February to 27 March 2011, she appeared in In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Theatre Company.

Personal life[edit]

In 1996, a portrait of McKenzie by Australian narrative painter Garry Shead was a finalist in the Archibald Prize[7] and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.[8]

Former partner of Simon McBurney[9]

McKenzie became mother to a daughter in June 2009.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Wordplay Pandora Imogene Lesley school production
1992 Romper Stomper Gabe
1993 This Won't Hurt a Bit Vanessa Prescott
1994 Talk The Girl
1994 Traps Viola
1995 Roses Are Red Joy Short film
1995 Angel Baby Kate
1996 Mr. Reliable Beryl Muddle
1997 Under the Lighthouse Dancing Emma
1998 Love from Ground Zero Samantha
1999 Deep Blue Sea Janice Higgins
1999 Freak Weather Penny
2000 Eisenstein Pera
2001 Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Sherry
2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Younger Teensy Whitman
2003 Preservation Daphne
2004 Peaches Jude
2004 Human Touch Anna
2006 Opal Dream Annie Williamson
2010 Beneath Hill 60 Mrs. Emma Waddell
2014 Fell Rachel
2014 Water Diviner, TheThe Water Diviner Eliza
2014 Force of Destiny Hannah Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Riddle of the Stinson, TheThe Riddle of the Stinson TV film
1988 All the Way Penelope Seymour TV series
1992 Country Practice, AA Country Practice Meredith Hendrix Episodes: "Riding for a Fall: Parts 1 & 2"
1993 Stark Rachel Episodes: "1.1", "1.2", "1.3"
1994 Battlers, TheThe Battlers Dancy Grimshaus TV film
1995 Halifax f.p. Sharon Sinclair Episode: "Lies of the Mind"
1997 Kangaroo Palace Catherine Macaleese TV film
1997 Devil Game, TheThe Devil Game Frankie Smith TV film
2000 On the Beach Mary Davidson Holmes TV film
2001 When Billie Beat Bobby Margaret Court TV film
2004-2007 4400, TheThe 4400 Diana Skouris Lead role (43 episodes)
2006 Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King Linda Landry / Gloria Demmick Episode: "Umney's Last Case"
2006 Two Twisted Sarah Carmody Episode: "Saviour"
2007 Without a Trace Patricia Mills Episode: "Deep Water"
2008 Stupid, Stupid Man Jane Episode: "Morale"
2009 Mental Dr. Veronica Hayden-Jones Main role (13 episodes)
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles Amy Taylor Episode: "Callen, G"
2010 Hawaii Five-0 Sarah Reeves Episode: "Nalowale"
2012 Desperate Housewives Alexandra Episode: "Who Can Say What's True?"
2012 CSI: Miami Meredith Ramsey Episode: "Terminal Velocity"
2012 Rake Alannah Alford Episode: "R vs Alford".
2014 Love Child Mrs. Maguire Series 2 : Pilot, episodes 1 & 2
2015 "Hiding" Ferdine Series regular: 8 episodes


Oliver! as Nancy, school production[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Jacqueline McKenzie puts her feline heart into Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" by Sharon Verghis, The Australian, 9 February 2013
  2. ^ Jacqueline McKenzie Biography (1967–)
  3. ^ http://fcca.com.au.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  4. ^ Fischer, Paul (1992). Interview Magazine.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Delloso, Anna Maria (Summer, 92/93). "Skin Deep?". HQ Magazine.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ ""Romping in the Awards"". Herald Sun, Australia. December 5, 1992, p. 7.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Finalists for 1996, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  8. ^ Garry Shead: Jacqueline McKenzie, oil on board
  9. ^ ""Anarchy in the UK"". theguardian.com.uk. The Guardian. 
  10. ^ IMDb biography
  11. ^ Jacqueline McKenzie, AusStage.com

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