Briony Behets

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Briony Behets (born 1951 in London, United Kingdom) is an English-Australian actress who found fame acting in Australian soap operas of the 1970s.

Early life[edit]

Behets' father worked as a civil engineer, which took him around the world and as a result much of Behets' childhood was spent in Germany, Africa and Sierra Leone before returning to England. At age 17 she was accepted into the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, studying there for two years. After completing the course she travelled to the United States as part of a student exchange project, working there as a nightclub dancer.

Career[edit]

At age 19, she travelled to Australia to take a regular role in comedy series Birds in the Bush (1972), and decided to stay in the country when production ceased on the series after 13 episodes.

Behets subsequently enjoyed several high-profile television roles in Australia. She was an original cast member of adult soap opera Number 96[1] in 1972 but her character was written out of the serial after only a few months. She was subsequently a member of the original cast of another adult soap The Box starting in 1974 and her role in that series lasted 14 months. After leaving The Box she appeared for a short stint in Bellbird before taking an ongoing role in the school-based teen soap Class of '75.

Behets was also a longtime weather presenter on ATV-10 Melbourne's news bulletins during the mid-1970s. She also acted in television guest starring roles in Australian drama series, including Homicide, Matlock Police, Bluey and Chopper Squad, also in the 1970s. In 1979 in the women's prison soap opera Prisoner she portrayed Susan Rice, the unbalanced wife of a popular celebrity.

Film roles included the joint lead with Judy Morris in The Trespassers (1976)[2] for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Award, Raw Deal (1977), Inside Looking Out (1977),[3] Long Weekend (1978).[4]

Later TV guest roles included A Country Practice and The Flying Doctors in the 1980s. Later soap roles included appearances in Possession as the mother of a spoiled child actor, in Neighbours[5] as the mother of regular character Jane Harris and in E Street as Lisa Bennett's mother. She acted in the feature film Cassandra in 1986.

Starting in 1990, she was a regular lead in the Granada Television soap Families. Into the 2000s, she continued acting in Australian television series and miniseries.

In 1996, Behets guest starred on the American television series Murder, She Wrote, Season 12, Episode 20, titled 'Southern Double-Cross'.

In the 2000s she also guest starred in some US drama series such as JAG. She returned to Neighbours in July 2008, in another role as Kate Newton a romantic interest for Harold Bishop (Ian Smith). She had also starred alongside Ian Smith in Neighbours 21 years earlier in 1987 when she played a different character. Her latest role saw her as a regular on The Saddle Club series three as the second actor to portray Mrs. Reg.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1972 Night of Fear Horse rider
1976 The Trespassers Penny Nominated — AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1977 Raw Deal Alex's Lady
Inside Looking Out Elizabeth
1978 Long Weekend Marcia
1980 Nightmares Angela
1983 Skin Deep Barbara
1986 Cassandra Helen
2008 Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! Herself Documentary

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://members.ozemail.com.au/~lindsay96/info/1972.html
  2. ^ "Cast: The Trespassers". Allmovie. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Cast: Inside Looking Out". Allmovie. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Armstrong, Derek. "Overview: Long Weekend". Allmovie. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  5. ^ http://perfectblend.net/features/interview-behets.htm
  6. ^ "Mrs Reg on the saddle club". The saddle club. Retrieved 20 June 2010. 

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