Pamela Rabe

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Pamela Rabe
Born Pamela June Koropatnick
(1959-04-30) April 30, 1959 (age 56)
Oakville, Ontario,
Canada Canada
Spouse(s) Roger Hodgman

Pamela Rabe (born April 30, 1959) is a Canadian / Australian stage, television and film actor and theatre director. A graduate from the Playhouse Acting School, in Vancouver, Pamela Rabe is one of Australia’s most highly regarded and awarded actors.[1] She is best known for her appearances in the films Così, Sirens, Paradise Road and the television series Wentworth. She was born in Ontario, Canada, though she has long resided and worked in Australia.


Rabe is a prolific contributor to theatrical life in her adopted country. Some of her high-profile roles include Nora Boyle in Patrick White's The Season At Sarsaparilla, for which she won a Green Room Award for Best Actress,[2] and Richard III in the Sydney Theatre Company production of The War Of The Roses, which also starred Cate Blanchett as Richard II.[3][4]

Rabe also starred with Miranda Otto in the 1997 film adaptation of Elizabeth Jolley's novel The Well, for which she received an AFI Award for Best Actress.[1]

In 2005 she performed a challenging, Croatian play called Woman-Bomb.[5]

In 2010 she starred in the Melbourne stage production of David Mamet's play Boston Marriage.[6]

Ms Rabe served on the board of the Australian Film Institute from 1999-2002[7] and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of NIDA. In September 2013, it was announced that she will reprise the role of Joan Ferguson in season two of Wentworth.

Personal life[edit]

Rabe's husband is theatre director Roger Hodgman.




See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Pamela Rabe". 16th Street. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sarsaparilla steals the Melbourne Limelight". Sydney Morning Herald. 2009-04-21. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Richard III, thy name is woman". Sydney Morning Herald. January 5, 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ Lalak, Alex (January 19, 2009). "Review: The War Of The Roses, starring Cate Blanchett". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ Womb with a view
  6. ^ Croggon, Alison (June 11, 2010). "Pamela Rabe on a roll as a woman behaving badly". The Australian. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ "National Institute of Dramatic Art". 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 

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External links[edit]

  • IMDb - Pamela Rabe