Rebecca Gibney

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Rebecca Gibney
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Rebecca Gibney, February 2013
Born Rebecca Catherine Gibney
(1964-12-14) 14 December 1964 (age 50)
Levin, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980–present
Notable work The Flying Doctors
All Together Now
Halifax f.p.
Packed to the Rafters
Spouse(s) Irwin Thomas (1992–1995)
Richard Bell (2001–present)

Rebecca Catherine Gibney (born 14 December 1964) is a New Zealand-born Australian actress. She has appeared regularly in Australian film and television since the mid-1980s. She won the Gold Logie in 2010 for her role in Packed to the Rafters.


Gibney was born the youngest of six children, and brought up in Wellington. She recounted that she was a "bit odd" as a child, stating "I was a bit like Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family. I walked around with this headless doll that I took everywhere."[1] Gibney moved to Australia at the age of 19 after graduating high school.

Performance career[edit]

Gibney worked as a model, then appeared on television in the New Zealand kidult series Sea Urchins from 1980 to 1984. She broke into Australian television with the role of Julie Davis in the children's series Zoo Family in 1985. She went on to play mechanic Emma Plimpton in the popular drama series The Flying Doctors, and in 1990 starred in the mini-series Come In Spinner. In 1991 she starred in the Channel Nine sitcom All Together Now, leaving the series in 1993. After her departure, she starred in Snowy.

The title character of Dr. Jane Halifax in Halifax f.p. was created especially for her by the producers of her previous show Snowy. Halifax f.p. debuted in 1994 with the episode "Acts Of Betrayal", and continued with a further 20 telemovies leading up until 2002. The series was an immense success and cemented Gibney's status as a household name within Australia.[according to whom?] She has also appeared in other mini-series, like Kangaroo Palace (1997), and in The Day of the Roses (in 1998).

In 2002 and 2003, Gibney had a role in Stingers, and from 2003 until 2006, she had a role in the telemovie trilogy Small Claims as Chrissy, co-starring with Claudia Karvan.

She appeared in the movie adaptation of Stephen King's novel Salem's Lot, released in 2004, and then followed up in 2006 with King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes TV mini-series.

In 2006, she played the role of Lydia, a hippie restaurant owner and operator in the Network Ten drama series Tripping Over. In 2007, she had a small role in the film Clubland, starring Brenda Blethyn, and directed by Cherie Nowlan. The film is known as Introducing the Dwights in the United States.

A series of Australian television adverts for Advil in 2006/07 have featured Gibney and her family. A new television advert with only Gibney appeared in October 2007.

Rebecca was executive producer and also starred in New Zealand feature film The Map Reader as Amelia alongside Michael Hurst and played the mother of Michael, the map reader of the title portrayed by Jordan Selwyn, nephew of New Zealand acting icon Don Selwyn. The film was released in 2008.[2]

Rebecca currently hosts a documentary series produced by Television New Zealand called Sensing Murder in which unsolved New Zealand murder or missing person cases are probed by psychic investigators from both New Zealand and Australia.

From August 2008 until its conclusion in 2013, Rebecca played the female lead of Julie Rafter on the Seven Network's Packed to the Rafters.[3][4] Her role in the show proved popular for Gibney, and she won the Gold Logie in 2009 for the show.[5]

In 2010, she played the lead role on Channel Ten's telemovie Wicked Love: The Maria Korp Story.

Rebecca starred in the 2012 movie Mental alongside Toni Collette.[6]

On 23 October 2013, the Seven Network announced that Gibney will star in and produce a new crime drama, The Killing Field, scheduled for 2014. Gibney will play a detective tasked with solving the murder of a teenage girl in a small town.[7][8]

On October 29th 2014, the Seven Network announced at their 2015 upfronts that Rebecca will star in Winter, a follow-up series to her 2014 tele-movie The Killing Field. [9]

Personal life[edit]

Gibney has been married twice, first to Irwin Thomas (former lead singer of Southern Sons, aka Jack Jones) in 1992, which ended in divorce. She married production designer Richard Bell in November 2001.


Year Title Role
1985 I Live with Me Dad Jill Harkness
Among the Cinders Sally
1986 Mr Wrong Secretary
1990 Jigsaw Virginia York
1994 Lucky Break Gloria Wrightman
1997 Joey Penny McGregor
2006 Lost and Found Mac's Mum
2007 Clubland Lana
2008 The Map Reader Amelia
2009 I Am You Mrs. Reid
2012 Mental Shirley Moochmoore
Year Title Role Notes
1980–1984 Sea Urchins Television series (NZ)
1985 Zoo Family Julie Davis Television series
1986 The Great Bookie Robbery Bonnie Mini-series
1990 Come In Spinner Guinea Malone Television film
Acropolis Now Mrs. Spiro Strangulator 1 episode: Cappuccino Catastrophe
1986–1991 The Flying Doctors Emma Plimpton/Emma Patterson 73 episodes
1991 Ring of Scorpio Judith Television film
1991–1993 All Together Now Tracy Lawson Main role; 86 episodes
1993 Snowy Lilian Anderson 13 episodes
1994 Time Trax Dr. Maria Mills 1 episode: The Cure
1995 G.P. Larissa Schuller 1 episode: Still Life
1997 Kangaroo Palace Heather Randall Television film
1998 13 Gantry Row Julie Television film
The Silver Brumby Boon Boon #1 Voice
The Day of the Roses Margaret Warby Television film
1999 Sabrina, Down Under Hilary Hexton Television film
The Lost World Lady Cassandra Yorkton 1 episode
Computer-Crash 2000 Nicole Television film
2001 Finding Hope Hope Fox Television film
Farscape Rinic Sarova 1 episode: "Thanks for Sharing"
Ihaka: Blunt Instrument Kirsty Finn Television film
1994–2002 Halifax f.p. Jane Halifax Main role; 22 episodes/television films
2002–2003 Stingers Ingrid Burton 13 episodes
2003 Sensing Murder Host
2004 Small Claims Chrissy Hindmarsh
Salem's Lot Marjorie Glick Mini-series/television film
2005 Small Claims: White Wedding Chrissy Hindmarsh
2006 Small Claims: The Reunion Chrissy Hindmarsh
Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King India Fornoy Mini-series; 1 episode: "The End of the Whole Mess"
Tripping Over Lydia 6 episodes
2008−2013 Packed to the Rafters Julie Rafter Main role; 122 episodes
2010 Wicked Love: The Maria Korp Story Maria Korp Television film
2014 The Killing Field Detective Sergeant Eve Winter Producer; Television film
2015 Winter Detective Sergeant Eve Winter Producer; Television film


Gibney has won, and has been nominated, for several television awards at the AFIs and the Logies on numerous occasions in her acting career.[5]

She won her first award in 1990, winning the AFI (Australian Film Institute) Award for Best Actress for her role in Come In Spinner. She also won a peer-nominated Most Outstanding Actress Logie award in 1991[5] for her role in the show.

In 1992, she was nominated at the Logies for her role in the sitcom All Together Now in two categories: Most Popular Actress and Most Popular Light Entertainment / Comedy Female Performer.

Her role as the lead in Halifax f.p. had Gibney nominated for three different awards – Most Popular Actress at the Logies (in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001); Most Outstanding Actress at the Logies (in 1998, 1999 and 2000) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama at the AFI's (in 1998 and 2000).

Gibney's Role in the telemovie Small Claims led her to another nomination at the 2005 Logies in the Most Outstanding Actress category.

A popular role for Gibney has been on Packed to the Rafters. Her role in this has led her to win the 2009 Gold Logie and the 2009 Most Popular Actress award.[5] She also been nominated at the Logies for the Gold Logie in 2010 and 2011, Most Popular Actress in 2010,[10] 2011,[11] and 2012, and Most Outstanding Actress in 2009. At the AFI Awards she was nominated in 2009, in the Best Lead Actress in a Drama award.[5]


  1. ^ "The mother lode". Steve Dow. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  2. ^ The Map Reader at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "Packed to the Rafters concludes with happy endings all round", News Ltd, 2 July 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Julie Rafter". Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Rebecca Gibney wins Gold Logie". 3 May 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Davies, Rebecca (8 July 2011). "Rebecca Gibney lands "dream" movie role in 'Mental'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Channel 7 set for rock'n roll 2014 as INXS drama tops must-watch list ", News Ltd, 23 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  8. ^ "What Channel 7 promises to help win ratings in 2014", The Age, 23 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Seven Upfront about 2015 TV Plans " Yahoo, October 29 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014
  10. ^ Davies, Rebecca (3 May 2010)"In full: Logies 2010 - The Winners". Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Davies, Rebecca (2 May 2011)"In full: Logies 2011 – The Winners". Retrieved 8 July 2011. 

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