Antonia Prebble

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Antonia Prebble
Born Antonia Mary Prebble
(1984-06-06) 6 June 1984 (age 33)
Wellington, New Zealand
Occupation Actress
TV presenter
Years active 1993–present
Website www.antoniaprebble.com

Antonia Mary Prebble (born 6 June 1984, in Wellington) is a New Zealand actress, best known for her role as Loretta West in the hit NZ comedy-drama Outrageous Fortune, as Trudy in The Tribe, and as Jane in The Blue Rose. Internationally she's best known for her role as Clare Langtree, the Gatekeeper in Power Rangers Mystic Force.

She is currently portraying Rita West in the television programme Westside.

Early life and education[edit]

Born on 6 June 1984 in Wellington, New Zealand, Antonia Mary Prebble is the middle of three children of John Prebble, a Sussex-born[1] barrister and solicitor and a law professor at Victoria University of Wellington,[2] and Nicola Mary Riddiford, an English teacher;[3] Prebble has an older sister, Becky, and a younger brother, Ben, both of whom studied law.[3] Her uncle Richard Prebble is a former politician. Another uncle, Mark Prebble, is the former head of the State Services Commission.

Prebble attended Queen Margaret College between 1999 and 2001 and was Prefect in charge of Arts and Proxime Accessit in her final year.[4] She then matriculated to Victoria University of Wellington, where she studied a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics.[3] Initially, Prebble had been studying for a Bachelor of Laws before she switched programs.[3][5]

Prebble can speak French.[3]

Career[edit]

She became interested in acting at an early age, starring in the stage play The Magical Kingdom of Thingymijig in 1993. Throughout the late 1990s Antonia started to work a lot with New Zealand children's TV production companies, having starring and guest roles in several programmes. Two of her larger roles include that of Mandy McFarlane in the second season of Mirror, Mirror in 1997, and as Trudy in five series' of The Tribe from 1999 to 2003. She has also guest starred in two episodes of Power Rangers: Dino Thunder as Krista, alongside two of her fellow cast members from The Tribe. In 2006, she began her role in Power Rangers: Mystic Force as Clare Langtree, the Gatekeeper and Udonna's apprentice.

Prebble made a cameo appearance in the band Flip Grater's music video for "Careful". She is also a television presenter, having hosted New Zealand's WNTV (What Now Television) from 2002 to 2003.

In 2005, she won a place in the main cast of the new New Zealand comedy-drama Outrageous Fortune, where she played 15-year-old movie buff Loretta West. In February 2010, filming wrapped for the sixth and final series of Outrageous Fortune. At the end of the fifth series, Loretta had married Hayden Peters (played by Shane Cortese), her partner and the father of her child. By the end of the series, Loretta West had become a smart and successful business entrepreneur and a madame of a brothel. The final episode of the series aired 9 November 2010.

Prebble had a cameo role in the TVNZ series The Almighty Johnsons as a red-herring for the identity of the Norse goddess, Frigg in the show's first season in 2011. The real 'Frigg' was eventually played by her former Outrageous Fortune co-star Siobhan Marshall, who had played her on-screen sister, Pascalle.

Prebble and Marshall teamed up again in 2013 for the mystery thriller, The Blue Rose.

In 2015 she had the lead role of Rita West in Westside, a prequel to Outrageous Fortune, about Ted and Rita West in the 1970s.

Antonia has given birth on screen five times, starting with The Tribe as a fourteen-year old, then Outrageous Fortune, a short film, White Lies, and a play as Mary mother of Jesus (who just popped out .... and we all sang a song).[6]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997-1998 Mirror, Mirror Mandy McFarlane Main role
1999 Twist in the Tale, AA Twist in the Tale Jem "A Crack in Time" (S01E02)
1999-2003 Tribe, TheThe Tribe Trudy Main role
2001 Dark Knight Ruth "Damned" (S02E03)
2002-2003 What Now Host
2004 Power Rangers Dino Thunder Krista "The Passion of Connor" (S12E28)
"Thunder Struck: Part 2" (S12E38)
2005 Interrogation Saskia "Where There's Smoke"
2005 Power Rangers S.P.D. Nova Ranger (voice) "Endings: Part 2" (S13E37)
2005-2010 Outrageous Fortune Loretta West Main role
2006 Lost Children, TheThe Lost Children Caterina Episode 11
2006 Power Rangers Mystic Force Clare Langtree, the Gatekeeper Main role (Season 14)
2011 Almighty Johnsons, TheThe Almighty Johnsons Sonja Freeman "God's Gift to Zebras" (S01E03)
2011 Super City Toni Episodes 1, 4, 5
2012 Auckland Daze Antonia Episode 1
2013 Blue Rose, TheThe Blue Rose Jane March Main role
2014 Salem Bridget Bishop "The Stone Child" (S01E02)
2014 ANZAC Girls Hilda Steele Main role, miniseries
2015-present Westside Rita West Main role, prequel to Outrageous Fortune
2015 Winter Alesia Taylor Main role

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Spies and Lies Mavis TV film
2013 White Lies Rebecca
2014 The Cure Beth Wakefield
2015 Timeslow Amelia
2017 Pork Pie Susie

Crew[edit]

  • Futile Attraction (2004) (special thanks)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Prebble CV" (PDF). Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington. 
  2. ^ "John Prebble". Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Scarr, Natalie (1 November 2010). "Antonia Prebble from television to textbooks". New Idea Magazine. Yahoo! New Zealand Lifestyle. 
  4. ^ "Past Pupils". Queen Margaret College. 
  5. ^ "Antonia Prebble". Outrageous Fortune. 
  6. ^ "Antonia Prebble on fame nudity and ugg boots". Stuff (Fairfax). 23 May 2015. 

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