Amanda Muggleton

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Amanda Muggleton
Amanda Muggleton.jpg
Muggleton in 2013
Born Amanda Lillian Muggleton
1951 (age 65–66)[1]
Stepney, London, England[1]
Occupation Television actor
Years active 1974 – present

Amanda Lillian Muggleton is an English Australian theatre, television and film actress. She is best known for her role as Chrissie Latham in the television soap opera Prisoner (1979–1983). Her stage work in Australia includes the title roles in Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita, and as Maria Callas in Master Class, for which she won the 2002 Helpmann Award for Best Actress in a Play. She won a second Helpmann Award in 2005, for her role as Mercedes Cortez in the musical Eureka!.

Early life[edit]

Muggleton was born in Stepney, London, England in 1951 and emigrated to Australia in 1974. She attended Sydenham School and left just before taking A Levels to go to Drama School. She trained at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Dance.[2]


Muggleton's most famous television role is perhaps that of Chrissie Latham in the Australian soap opera Prisoner. Other roles include Connie Ryan in Richmond Hill, and guest roles in television series including A Country Practice and Cop Shop, and a role in miniseries Sara Dane. Film credits include Mad Max, Street Hero, Queen of the Road, Mr. Reliable, Feeling Sexy and Idiot Box.[3]

Muggleton appeared with all the State and commercial theatre companies. On stage, her performances with State theatre companies include Privates on Parade, The Matchmaker, The Seagull, Shirley Valentine (MTC), Master Class, Nicholas Nickleby, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Soulmates (STC), Duet for One, The Winter's Tale, Gigi, We Were Dancing (QTC), Twelfth Night, Blithe Spirit (SATC), Educating Rita, Medea and Shirley Valentine (Hole in the Wall, Perth).

Muggleton's commercial credits include HMS Pinafore (Essgee), Hello Dolly (The Production Company), The Book Club, Master Class (ICA), Annie (GFO/SEL/Macks), the original Steaming (Morley, Davis), Eureka! (Essgee) and Losing Louis (Ensemble Theatre). Muggleton has won several very significant awards, for Shirley Valentine, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Norman Kessell Award) and for Miss Hannigan in Annie (Colleen Clifford Award). For her role as Maria Callas in Master Class, she won a Green Room Award and a Helpmann Award for Best Actress in a Play. She won a second Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role as Mercedes Cortez in the Australian musical, Eureka!

In 2003, Muggleton has completed a highly successful national tour of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, playing the White Witch with Dennis Olsen as The Professor. Muggleton and Dennis Olsen also devised and co-produced Marvellous Party!, a production that celebrates the words and music of Noël Coward, and which had two sell-out shows at the Concert Hall in the Victorian Arts Centre, a highly successful Victorian tour and has been seen at Capers, Melbourne (2003 and 2004), Friends Restaurant (Hyatt) Perth, Edwards Waterfront Mandurah WA (2004) and Canberra's Teatro Vivaldi (2004). She also appeared in her own solo cabaret show, which premiered at the Star Casino Showroom, and which will tour nationally.

Out of Marvellous Party! came Darling It's Noel, produced by International Concert Attractions and directed by Rodney Fisher at the Sydney Opera House in May 2004 and at His Majesty's Theatre, Perth in June 2004. Muggleton is qualified as a speech and drama teacher. She is also a public speaker and can pilot single-engine planes.[3]

Muggleton ended 2008 with a nomination at the AFI Awards. Her role of Kathy Booth in City Homicide earned her the nomination for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama.

In 2009, Muggleton and her business partner Bernadette Eichner founded 'Scene & Heard', a new acting school based in Sydney's Lane Cove. Within its first year, the business became so successful that they had to relocate it to new, bigger premises. Muggleton has also appeared in the thirtieth anniversary of The Man From Mukinupin for Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney (2009) and in the two roles 'Louis' and 'Ethel Reid' in The Ruby Sunrise for Ensemble Theatre, Sydney (2009).

In 2010 Muggleton has appeared as Bette Davis in the one-woman show Me & Jezebel at the Mackay Entertainment Centre (QLD). One week after it finished, she began rehearsals for the role of Chris' in Calendar Girls which toured nationally and took the role of Lillian in Madagascar for Black Swan Theatre Company in Perth, WA (October 2010). She also appeared in two episodes of the ABC series The Librarians.

In 2011 Muggleton started playing multiple roles in Love Loss & What I Wore at the Sydney Opera House alongside Magda Szubanski and Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Subsequently, she played the role of Susan in a one-woman comedy Just The Ticket for Ensemble Theatre, Sydney (March 2011). After a short break, Muggleton took over the role of Mrs Peachum in The Threepenny Opera alongside Paul Capsis for the Sydney Theatre Company, from 1 September 2011 to 24 September 2011, and then headed to Perth (WA), where she played the role of Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers, from 9 November 2011 to 4 December 2011 – a role that she had longed to play.

In March 2012, Muggleton went to Queensland for a role in Fatal Honeymoon, a feature film based on the death of Alabama woman Tina Watson on her Great Barrier Reef diving trip in 2003, shot for the American cable channel Lifetime.

In 2013, Muggleton starred in three different theatre productions. First she starred in a revival of Torch Song Trilogy for Gaiety Theatre Presents, from 6 February to 3 March at the Darlinghurst Theatre in Sydney. Following this, she took to the road for a six-month tour of The Book Club which visited Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and many regional areas. Midway through the tour she took a break to reprise her role in Blood Brothers at Brisbane's Cremorne Theatre, QPAC for two weeks in August.

Muggleton won the 2015 Norman Kessell Memorial Award for Best Actor (female) for her role in The Book Club at the Glug Awards in Sydney.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Mad Max Biker's Moll Uncredited
Thirst Martha
1983 A Slice of Life Eva
1984 Street Hero Miss Reagan
1996 Idiot Box Mum
Mr. Reliable Mrs. Morgan
1999 Feeling Sexy Vicki's Mum
2006 Vermin Esmerelda Short film
2008 Your Turn Esther Short film
2010 Don't Ya Wanna Dance? The Mother Short film
Matching Jack Home Nurse
Year Title Role Notes
1979–1983 Prisoner Chrissie Latham Lead role; 108 episodes
1981 Holiday Island Ruth Faraday Episode: "Public Hero"
Women of the Sun Secretary Mini-series; Segment 4
1982 Sara Dane Nell Finnigan Mini-series
1983 A Country Practice Karen Murdoch Episode: "Truth and Consequences"
1984 Queen of the Road Gayle O' Reagan Television film
A Country Practice Ros Henkle Episode: "Horse of a Different Colour"
1987 A Country Practice Jill Rice Episode: "Birds of Prey"
1988 Richmond Hill Connie Ryan Lead role – TV series
Touch the Sun: Peter & Pompey Miria Malloy Television film
1997 H.M.S. Pinafore Little Buttercup Television film
2006 Headland Gearldine Pye Episodes: Season 1, episodes 38 & 44
2007 City Homicide Cathy Booth Episode: "Lie Down with Dogs"
2010 The Librarians Rose McConnichie Episodes: "Dark Before Dawn", "Pearl of Wisdom"
2012 Fatal Honeymoon Glenda Watson Television film
2016 The Secret Daughter Connie Di Television Series – Seven Network
Hollyoaks Dr. Barton 1 episode


  1. ^ a b "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Amanda Muggleton". Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Amanda Muggleton". 15 July 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "2015 Glugs Theatre Awards Winners". Stage Whispers. Stage Whispers. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 

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