Brides of Christ

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This article is about the Australian television show. For the early 1900s American religious cult see Edmund Creffield. For nuns, see nun.

Brides of Christ
Created by John Alsop
Sue Smith
Starring Brenda Fricker
Sandy Gore
Josephine Byrnes
Lisa Hensley
Naomi Watts
Kym Wilson
Country of origin Australia
No. of episodes 6
Running time 0.55
(per episode)
Original network ABC
Original release 4 September – 9 October 1991

Brides of Christ was an Australian television miniseries produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1991.[1]

The series takes place behind the walls of a Sydney convent school and deals with the struggles of both the Roman Catholic nuns and the young students to adapt to the many social changes taking place within the church and the outside world during the 1960s.

Six fifty-minute episodes were made. Each episode focused on a particular story and set of characters. Some characters would appear in multiple episodes with varying levels of prominence from episode to episode. Lead characters in one episode might appear in a support role in another episode. Josephine Byrnes' character was the focus of both the first and last episodes.

In her first major role, Naomi Watts starred as Frances, one of the students. One episode also guest starred the then unknown Russell Crowe as a young man distressed about being called up for the Vietnam War.

The series was filmed on location at St Mary's Tower's, Douglas Park, New South Wales, Santa Sabina College, Strathfield, New South Wales and St Scholastica's College, Glebe, New South Wales.

The entire series has since been released on DVD.


The Nuns
Sister Agnes Brenda Fricker
Mother Ambrose Sandy Gore
Diane/Sister Catherine Josephine Byrnes
Veronica/Sister Paul Lisa Hensley
Sister Attracta Melissa Jaffer
Sister Patrick Penny Stehli
Sister Polycarp Joy Hruby
Sister Philomena Caroline Gillmer
Sister Clare Beth Champion
Sister Francine Michelle Pettigrove
The Girls
Frances Heffernan Naomi Watts
Rosemary Fitzgerald Kym Wilson
Bridget Maloney Melissa Thomas
Bernadette Pippa Grandison
Caroline Kirsty McGregor
Jacinta Vanessa Collier
Other characters
Jack Delahunty Simon Burke
Ian McGregor Philip Quast
Mary Maloney Pat Bishop
Dominic Maloney Russell Crowe
Liz Heffernan Anne Tenney


  • Most Popular Telemovie or Mini-Series
  • Most Popular Actress in a Telemovie or Mini-Series to Josephine Byrnes
  • Most Popular New Talent to Kym Wilson (along with her work on A Country Practice)
  • Most Outstanding Actress to Josephine Byrnes
  • Most Outstanding Telemovie or Mini-Series


  1. ^ Albert Moran, Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series, AFTRS 1993 p 94
  2. ^ "1989 Human Rights Medal and Awards". Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 

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