Dina Mann

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Dina Mann (born 1950) also credited as Diana Mann, is an Australian actress and casting director recognised for several television soap opera and film roles in the 1970s and 1980s.


In the 1970s Mann specialised in playing characters much younger than herself in adult-themed dramas and comedies. Her roles in Australian television programs, including several appearances in the Crawford Productions police dramas Homicide, Division 4, Matlock Police, were nearly all teenage characters. Her first television role was in an episode of Delta where she played a 15-year-old who appeared in a semi-nude swimming scene. Mann also played a schoolgirl in the hit sex-comedy feature film Alvin Purple (1973) and was a young female cricketer in its 1974 sequel Alvin Purple Rides Again.

She later played the key role of schoolgirl Debbie Chester in adult soap opera Number 96. She joined the show in late 1975 and continued until its final episode in August 1977. She subsequently played guest roles in prison-based soap opera Prisoner, first appearing as the rebellious Debbie, the daughter of Ken Pearce (Tom Oliver), in 1980 and again in 1981. She reappeared in the series in 1983 playing a different character, and made other guest appearances in Australian television series until the mid-1980s.


Since the mid-1980s she has worked as a casting director on various Australian films and television productions, and is still appearing in role's as of 2014.

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