16 May 1966 |
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
My Mother Frank
Celia Ireland (born 16 May 1966) is an Australian actress. She is best known for her role as Regina Butcher on the television series All Saints and her Logie award winning role as Liz Birdsworth on the prison drama series Wentworth.
Celia Ireland was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia in 1966. She lived in Haig Street, Belmont, City of Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia with a large cast of older sisters and a brother. Celia attended Saint Mary's Catholic High School, Gateshead, City of Lake Macquarie, New South Wales and later Saint Anne's/Saint Pius X College, Adamstown (Newcastle), New South Wales, Australia.
Ireland made her television debut in 1992 when she made a guest appearance on the Australian television series Police Rescue. What followed was a number of guesting roles on television series such as A Country Practice, Water Rats and Murder Call, to name but a few and the feature films Dallas Dolls in 1994, which was her film debut; Dad and Dave: On Our Selection, Floating Life, Idiot Box and Thank God He Met Lizzie, with Cate Blanchett; all of which she appeared in throughout the nineties.
In 1997, Ireland played Rosy's mother Filameena in the Australian children's television series Swinging for ABC TV.
In 1998, Ireland went on to voice Boronia in the Australian children's animated television series Petals for ABC TV and Mrs. Simms in the Australian children's animated television series Seaside Hotel for Seven Network and Yoram Gross EM TV in 2003.
While appearing on All Saints, Ireland continued to receive guest roles in several series and films; the Australian feature films After the Rain, My Mother Frank, Angst and Australian Rules, in which she received a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role; the popular Nine Network drama series McLeod's Daughters and Don't Blame Me. In 2006, Ireland played a recurring role in the second season of Supernova. Her other television credits include Monster House, Laid, Me and My Monsters, the television comedy-drama series Packed to the Rafters, and a recurring role as Connie Callahan in the Seven Network soap opera Home and Away; the films Rogue, Cactus, Being Venice and Goddess.
In 2012, Ireland received the regular role of Liz Birdsworth on Australian prison drama series Wentworth, a reimagining of the cult classic series Prisoner (Prisoner: Cell Block H) which aired on Network Ten from 1979 to 1986. Wentworth went to air on SoHo in mid-2013. Ireland has so far appeared as a regular in all three seasons, as a prisoner who gives peer support to her fellow inmates. Her character name is that of the original Prisoner character Lizzie Birdsworth, although Ireland plays a completely different character role to that of Sheila Florance's character, they do however share a similarity as Liz is a functioning alcoholic.
|1995||Dad and Dave: On Our Selection||Sarah|
|1997||Thank God He Met Lizzie||Cheryl|
|2000||After the Rain||Stevie Canetti|
|2000||My Mother Frank||Peggy|
|2002||Australian Rules||Liz Black||Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
|2012||Being Venice||Australian Woman|
|1992||Police Rescue||Lachlan's Mother||Season 2, episode 7 — "Sugar"|
|1993||The Comedy Sale||Various||Season 1, episodes 1–3|
|1993||A Country Practice||Judy Hallem||Season 13, episode 41 — "Certain Woman: Part 1"
Season 13, episode 42 — "Certain Woman: Part 2"
|1996||Water Rats||Sarah Fleetwood||Season 1, episode 14 — "Black Water"
Season 1, episode 20 — Black Water II: Missing
|1998||Petals||Boronia (voice)||Two seasons|
|1999||Murder Call||Barb Ferris||Season 3, episode 9 — "Hide & Seek"|
|1999||Dog's Head Bay||Alice Astassio||Season 1, episode 9 — "The Grim Reaper"|
|2002||Home and Away||Bernadette||Unknown episodes|
|2002||McLeod's Daughters||Melanie Powers||Season 2, episode 4 — "The Bore War"|
|2002||Don't Blame Me||Schoolteacher||Don't Blame the Koalas (title in United Kingdom)
Season 1, episode 1 — "Fate Steps In"
|1999–2000, 2002–2005||All Saints||Regina Butcher||Main role — 144 episodes|
|2003||Seaside Hotel||Mrs. Simms (voice)||Two seasons|
Season 2, episode 1 — "Wild Oats"
Season 2, episode 2 — "How's Your Father"
Season 2, episode 4 — "Perseverance"
Season 2, episode 5 — "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
Season 2, episode 6 — "May The Best Man Win"
|2008||Monster House||Karen Webb||Season 1, episode 1
Season 1, episode 2
|2011||Laid||Brendan's Mum||Season 1, episode 1|
|2011||Me and My Monsters||Pauline Travis||Season 2, episode 13 — "The Monster-Sitter"|
|2013||Packed to the Rafters||Colleen Bourke||Season 5, episode 20 — "Weathering the Storm"
Season 5, episode 21 — "Free to Choose"
|2013–||Wentworth||Liz Birdsworth||Wentworth Prison (title in New Zealand and United Kingdom)
Nominated - ASTRA for Outstanding Actor
|2013-2014–||Home and Away||Connie Callahan||Recurring role|
- (Cooper, Lorna - 27 August 2013)"Wentworth: Prisoner Cell Block H's gritty update". MSN. Retrieved 14 September 2013.