Bridie Carter

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Bridie Carter
Born (1970-12-18) 18 December 1970 (age 46)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 1976 – present
Spouse(s) Michael Wilson (2004–present); 2 children

Bridie Carter (born 18 December 1970) is an Australian actress best known for her role as the main character of Tess Silverman McLeod on the television drama series McLeod's Daughters.

Early life[edit]

Bridie was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, the eldest of three children; she has two younger brothers. Her mother was a gallery director.[1]


Carter has been acting since the age of six and started her first classes at the Bouverie Street Theatre in Carlton, Melbourne. She graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1994.[2] She is perhaps best known for her starring role as Tess Silverman McLeod in the hit Nine Network television series McLeod's Daughters;[3] she appeared on the show for its first six seasons. She was nominated for many Silver and Gold Logies for her performance as "Tess McLeod",[4][5][6][7] including the industry-voted Most Outstanding Actress in 2004.

Carter's recent television credits include Wild Boys for the Seven Network and Rescue: Special Ops for the Nine Network, both in 2011. Other television credits include G.P., Water Rats, All Saints, Home and Away, Murder Call, and Above the Law, where she had the starring role of Senior Constable Debbie Curtis. Her film credits include Princess Pictures' I Love You Too, Fresh Air, and the short film, There's A Hippopotamus on My Roof Eating Cake.[citation needed]

In 2009, she reunited with her McLeod's Daughters costar Aaron Jeffery in A.R. Gurney's Love Letters. She appeared in No Names No Packdrill at Sydney's Parade Theatre in 2006.

In 2007, she won the seventh season of Australian Dancing with the Stars with her dance partner, Craig Monley.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In early May 2004, she married clothing designer Michael Wilson; they have two children.


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Fresh Air E
1999 New Girlfriend, TheThe New Girlfriend Kirsty
2010 I Love You Too Marie
2011 There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake Mother Short film
2012 The Things My Father Never Taught Me Mary Short film
2015 Nostalgia Carolyn Short film
2016 Emo the Musical Mrs Doyle
Year Title Role Notes
1995–1999 Home and Away Toni Jarvis 1995, Brooke Taylor 1999 7 episodes
1996 G.P. Dr Amanda Selwyn Episode: "Sing Me a Lullaby"
1997 Simone de Beauvoir's Babies Dating Agent TV miniseries
1997 Kangaroo Palace Dianne TV movie
1997 Water Rats Joanne Calvert Episode: "Blood Trail"
Episode: "Dead or Alive"
1998 All Saints Karen McCarthur Episode: "Cards on the Table"
2000 Above the Law Debbie Curtis 35 episodes
2000 Murder Call Jessica Millay Episode: "Done to Death"
2001 My Husband My Killer Janey TV movie
2001–2006 McLeod's Daughters Tess Silverman McLeod Regular role - 135 episodes
2011 Rescue: Special Ops Stephanie Rouse Episode: "The Dunes"
2011 Wild Boys Victoria Episode: "1.3"
2014 It's a Date Sharna Episode: "Should You Re-connect With An Old Flame?"
2015–present 800 Words Jan Regular role - 14 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2003 Nominated: Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress (McLeod's Daughters)
  • 2004 Nominated: Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress (McLeod's Daughters)
  • 2004 Nominated: Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (McLeod's Daughters)
  • 2005 Nominated: Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress (McLeod's Daughters)
  • 2005 Nominated: Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television (McLeod's Daughters)
  • 2006 Nominated: Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television (McLeod's Daughters)


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Preceded by
Kate Ceberano & John-Paul Collins
Dancing with the Stars (Australia) winner
Season 7 (Late 2007 with Craig Monley)
Succeeded by
Luke Jacobz & Luda Kroitor