21 January 1977
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Early and personal life
Stafford was born in Hobart, Tasmania. She decided to join a drama group as she wanted to be like her older sister and when she was eleven, she landed a role in a local production of Annie. Stafford attended the Tasmanian School of Art, before she moved to Sydney and joined the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Stafford appeared in a video for Silverchair and various NIDA productions including There Is No Need To Wake Up, Twelfth Night and Three Sisters.
Stafford was engaged to Nigel Joseph, before she married fellow actor Darren McAngus. In August 2010, Stafford was forced to put her career on hold after she suffered major facial injuries after a road accident. Stafford collided with a car whilst out riding her bike in Elwood with McAngus. She went over the handlebars and was knocked unconscious, Stafford was taken to the Alfred Hospital suffering from a broken left jaw, a broken right eye socket, a broken cheekbone and dental damage. Stafford had to wait two weeks for the swelling to subside, before she could undergo reconstructive surgery, but she did not sustain any major scarring on her face. The actress saw a counsellor during her recovery.
After graduating from NIDA, Stafford joined the cast of Head Start as bisexual film-maker Basia Lem. Stafford revealed that she chose Head Start as her first television role because it was a great launching pad for her career.
She also made a guest appearance on Network Ten's The Lost World. She has also had parts in Network Ten's mini-series Small Claims, and the Australian movies Gettin' Square and Hell Has Harbour Views.
After a forty episode season of Head Start, Freya won a role on Network Ten's White Collar Blue, an Australian cop drama, as Detective Senior Constable Harriet Walker. White Collar Blue screened for two seasons on Australian television, before being axed by the network whilst the cast and crew were on holiday after wrapping production on the second season. Stafford did not work for three months after then re-commenced her acting career.
Stafford appeared in Network Ten's first installment of the mini-series Small Claims as Melinda Fehlers, and the Australian crime-comedy Gettin' Square, which included several internationally well-known actors, such as David Wenham (the Lord of the Rings) and Timothy Spall. Stafford played the part of Annie Flynn, parole officer for the central character, Barry Wirth's (Sam Worthington) brother Joey, and also Barry's love interest. In 2003, she was a presenter at the 45th Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards. She also appeared in the ABC's adaptation of Richard Beasley's novel Hell Has Harbour Views as a lawyer named Jill Bishop.
Freya starred in a 2007 American pilot Them, which was subsequently not picked up as a series.
She will also star in Sydney's Griffin Theatre Company's production of Katherine Thomson's King Tide in October–November as Sal, an award-winning investigative journalist who becomes reclusive following the death of her son. "King Tide" is to be directed by Patrick Nolan.
Stafford in 2009 appears as lead in a six-part drama series premiered on Sunday 19 April on ABC1, 'Dirt Game'. Dirt Game is a co-production between Harvey Taft Production, ABC TV and Screen Australia and developed and produced with the assistance of Film Victoria. She stars also in the horror film The Clinic who was directed by James Rabbitts. In July 2011, it was announced that Stafford had joined the cast of Neighbours as Emilia Jovanovic. In September 2012, Stafford began appearing in the ITV drama Mrs Biggs as Julie Flower. In 2014 she made a cameo appearance in the movie Predestination.
- Head Start (2001)
- White Collar Blue (2002-2003)
- Small Claims (2004)
- Them (2007)
- Dirt Game (2009)
- Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away (2011)
- Mrs Biggs (2012)
- Better Man (2013)
- "Credits - Cast and Crew". Head Start. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2001. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
- Janson, Helena (13 July 2003). "My First Home". The Sun-Herald. Fairfax Media. p. 74. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
- Byrne, Fiona (21 February 2011). "Underbelly star's crash nightmare". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
- AFM '09: Little Film Company Selling 'The Clinic'
- "Freya Stafford joins Neighbours after bike accident". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
- "Mrs Biggs". If Magazine. The Intermedia Group. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.