Ally Fowler

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Ally Fowler
Born Alexandra Fowler
(1961-12-06) 6 December 1961 (age 55)
Adelaide, Australia
Other names Ally Fowler
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1982–present

Alexandra "Ally" Fowler (born 6 December 1961), is an Australian actress and singer. She started her TV acting career with an ongoing role in Sons and Daughters (1982–84) followed by regular roles in Possession (1985) and Neighbours (1986). As one of four female singers she was a member of Chantoozies (1986–91), which had top 10 hits with a cover version of "Witch Queen" (March 1987) and an original track, "Wanna Be Up" (May 1988). Their debut self-titled album peaked at No. 8 on the ARIA Albums Chart in September 1988. After the group disbanded Fowler returned to acting, including Big Sky (1997), All Saints (2005–07) and Wentworth (2013–14). From 2012 she has also participated in reunion gigs by Chantoozies.

Biography[edit]

Fowler came to prominence with parts in two major soap operas of the 1980s: Angela Hamilton/Keegan in Sons and Daughters and Zoe Davis in Neighbours.[1] She also played a regular role in soap Possession (1985) and was a regular lead in Big Sky (1997) alongside actor Gary Sweet.

On 24 August 2001, she appeared on the Australian-American science fiction series Farscape in the episode "Fractures" as the voice of Orrhn. Since 15 November 2005 to 2007, she played the recurring role of Eve Ballantyne on the Australian drama series All Saints.

From June 2013, Fowler began appearing in season one of Wentworth as Simone "Simmo" Slater and carried on right up until season 2 episode 6. However, she did make a cameo again in season 3 episode 12.[2] Fowler rejoined the cast of Neighbours in late 2015 as Nene Williams.[3]

Music career[edit]

Fowler was one of four female vocalists in the 1980s Australian pop music band, Chantoozies (1986–91), which also included David Reyne.[4] The other three females were Tottie Goldsmith, Eve von Bibra and Angelica La Bozzetta.[4] Their first single was a number-four hit with a cover version of "Witch Queen" (March 1987).[5] The group had success with other singles including a number-six hit with "Wanna Be Up" (May 1988), and top 40 peaks for "He's Gonna Step on You Again" (June 1987, No. 36), "Kiss 'n' Tell" (August 1988, No. 25) and "Love the One You're With" (March 1991, No. 21).[5] They also issued two albums, Chantoozies (September 1988, No. 8) and Gild the Lily (April 1991, No. 71).[5]

From 2012, Chantoozies have performed reunion gigs[6] and released a single, "Baby Its You", in April 2014.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Internet Movie Database entry on Alexandra Fowler". IMDb. Retrieved 22 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "Season 1". SoHo. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Moran, Jonathon (23 February 2016). "Ally Fowler has not been on the set of Neighbours for 30 years but will cause chaos on her return". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'The Chantoozies'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 19 April 2004. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c Australian chart peaks:
  6. ^ Lazarevic, Jade (27 June 2013). "Chantoozies play at Lizotte's". The Newcastle Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Chantoozies are back: Ally Fowler, Tottie Goldsmith, Angelica 'Angie' Arnott and Eve von Bibra". New Idea. No. 26. Yahoo7. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 

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