Benita Collings

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Benita Collings
Born 1940
Nationality Australian
Occupation Actress
television presenter
Known for Presenter on Play School

Benita Collings (born 1940) is an Australian television and film actress and television presenter. Collings is best known for her long running stint as a presenter for Play School on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).[1]

Play School hostess (1969-1999)[edit]

Collings is one of the most well-known and recognisable faces on Australian television, thanks to her long tenure on children's program Play School beginning in 1969, and a role she held over 30 years and spanning 401 episodes, until 1999, she was along with John Hamblin and Don Spencer, one of the longest serving members of the shows cast.[2]

Television dramas[edit]

In addition to her position as an Australian children's television presenter, Collings has been a stage and screen performer, appearing in many of Australian television dramas, including The Sullivans, The Young Doctors, Sons and Daughters, The Restless Years, Homicide, A Country Practice and others.[3]


Collings has appeared in the feature film Knowing as the mother of Nicolas Cage's character.[4]


  1. ^ "Hope: Benita Collings and her hopes for children's learning". National Museum of Australia. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "40 Years Of Play School". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Benita Collings". IMDB. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Cast: Knowing". Allmovie. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 

External links[edit]

Agent- Anthony Kidd at Benchmark