Amy Mathews

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Amy Mathews
Born (1979-03-29) 29 March 1979 (age 38)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Known for Home and Away

Amy Mathews (born 29 March 1979) is an Australian television, film and theatre actress. She is best known for her role as Rachel Armstrong in Australian soap opera Home and Away.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mathews was born in Melbourne, Victoria, but has spent most of her life in Sydney. She was offered a scholarship at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, which she completed. She then enrolled in and completed a two-year acting course in Surry Hills, Sydney, where she met fellow Home and Away actor Jon Sivewright, who plays Tony Holden, her husband on the show.


Matthews became involved with the Bell Shakespeare Company. She performed as part of the "Actors at Work" program touring high schools in Australia and Singapore.[2] She has a passion for the theatre, her first role was in 2003 with Cigarettes and Chocolate and Other Hang Ups.[3] Mathews other theatre credits include Tracked, Push Up 1-3, Chicom, Orange Flower Water.[4] She is currently appearing in Transparency.[5][6][7]

Mathews made her acting debut on screen in 2001 when she made a guest appearance in the short-lived television series Head Start. She has had several roles on other television series including Always Greener, Blue Heelers, Love Bytes, All Saints and the British series Jeopardy. Before landing the role of Rachel Armstrong on Australia's most popular soap opera Home and Away, she waited tables until she could make enough money. Mathews played the role of doctor and psychiatrist Rachel Armstrong since the first episode of the 2006 season, until 2010 when she departed the show after four and a half years. The reason she decided to leave was because she wanted to move on and try new projects. The role of Rachel won Mathews the Logie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent in 2007.[8][9] Following her departure for Home and Away, Mathews made a guest appearances in two episodes of the popular television series Packed to the Rafters. Her most recent guest roles include Rescue: Special Ops and Crownies which stars former Home and Away co-stars Todd Lasance and Indiana Evans.

In 2007, Matthews starred in the Australian film Gabriel, in which she had just begun her run on Home and Away while shooting the film. Gabriel is her only film credit. Since leaving Home and Away, she has starred on stage in various plays, and in t.v commercials.

She has an interest in writing and directing, and she currently runs her own blog,[10] and is studying surface design.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Mathews enjoys travelling and has visited several countries in the world including Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, United States, Canada, Japan and Mexico.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Gabriel Maggie
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Head Start Louise episode: "Conviction & Eviction"
2002 Always Greener T'ree episode: "Understanding the Cry"
2003 Jeopardy Constable Tucker episodes: #2.2, #2.3
2004 Blue Heelers Tahnya West episode: "Reasonable Doubts"
Love Bytes Mel
2003, 2005 Blue Saints Mary Cowper, Cassie Anderson episodes: "The Last Summer" (2003), "Time Bomb" (2005)
20062010 Home and Away Rachel Armstrong Main role
Logie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent
2010 Packed to the Rafters Erin Moore episodes: "Moment of Truth",[12] "Live and Let Live"[12]
2011 Rescue: Special Ops Claire Newell episodes: "The Intervention", "Bad Company"
Crownies Vanessa Kenay episode: #1.9
2014 A Place To Call Home (Season 2) Amy Polson episode: "Auld Lang Syne" , "No Other Love"


  • 2003: Cigarettes and Chocolate and Other Hang Ups ... Gemma (Darlinghurst Theatre)
  • 2003: Tracked ... Rose (The Old Fitzroy Theatre)
  • 2005: Push Up 1-3 ... Sabine
  • 2010: Chicom ... Grunt 3 (New Theatre)
  • 2011: Orange Flower Water ... Cathy Calhoun (Darlinghurst Theatre)
  • 2011: Transparency ... Jessica (Seymour Centre and Riverside Theatre)


  1. ^ "Armstrong, Rachel". Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Home and Away Cast Amy Mathews". Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Stephen Dunne (1 April 2003)"Cigarettes and Chocolates and Other Hang Ups, See-Saw Theatre Company". Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Jason Blake (29 March 2011)"Orange Flower Water". Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Lloyd Bradford Skye (13 September 2011)"REVIEW: Transparency – York Theatre, Sydney". Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Chris Hook (24 August 2011)"Transparency at the Seymour Centre and Riverside Theatres". Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Suzanne MacKay (3 September 2011)"Transparency - Seymour Centre". Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "2007 TV WEEK Logie Awards". ninemsn. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Amy Mathews wins Most Popular Female Talent at Logies 2007". youtube. 7 May 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Actress Amy Mathews Official Blog". 
  11. ^ "Actress Amy Mathews Instagram". 
  12. ^ a b "Packed to the Rafters: episode guide". Retrieved 20 September 2011. 

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