Celia Ireland

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Celia Ireland
Celia Ireland.jpg
Born (1966-05-16) 16 May 1966 (age 50)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Notable work Television:
All Saints
My Mother Frank
Australian Rules

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.

Early life[edit]

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.

In 1999, Ireland was cast as Regina Butcher on the Seven Network drama series All Saints, first appearing during the series' second season. She left the series in 2005 during season eight.

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.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Dallas Dolls Policewoman
1995 Dad and Dave: On Our Selection Sarah
1996 Floating Life
1996 Idiot Box Barmaid
1997 Thank God He Met Lizzie Cheryl
1999 Oops! Woman Short film
2000 After the Rain Stevie Canetti
2000 My Mother Frank Peggy
2000 Angst Case Worker
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
2007 Rogue Gwen
2008 Cactus Vesna
2012 Being Venice Australian Woman
2013 Goddess Mary
Year Title Role Notes
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
1997 Swinging Filameena One season
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
2006 Supernova Shirl Recurring role
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)
Main role
34 episodes

Nominated - ASTRA for Outstanding Actor

2013-2014– Home and Away Connie Callahan Recurring role


  1. ^ (Cooper, Lorna - 27 August 2013)"Wentworth: Prisoner Cell Block H's gritty update". MSN. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 

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