Justine Clarke

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Justine Clarke
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Justine Clarke at the Aria Awards 2013 in Sydney, Australia
Born (1971-11-21) 21 November 1971 (age 46)
Sydney, New South Wales
Occupation Actress, singer, television host
Years active 1978 – present
Spouse(s) Jack Finsterer
Children 3
Awards Ástor – Best Actress 2006

Justine Clarke (born 21 November 1971) is an Australian actress, singer and television host. She has been acting since the age of seven and has appeared in some of Australia's best-known TV shows. She is also a film and stage actor, and won the Best Actress Award at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival in Argentina in 2006 for her role in independent film Look Both Ways.


Justine was born in Sydney, and at the age of seven, whilst attending Woollahra Public School with other up and coming talents like Mouche Phillips and Deni Hines, Clarke began appearing in television commercials, one of which was Arnott's Humphrey B. Bear biscuits.[1] At eleven she played the role of Brigitta in the stage musical, The Sound of Music.[2]

Clarke's first significant acting role was as the character Anna Goanna in the 1985 film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. The same year she appeared in the TV series The Maestro's Company and featured in the 1986 mini-series Professor Poopsnaggle's Steam Zeppelin. The following year she made appearances in A Country Practice and Willing and Abel[3]

In 1988, Clarke began an eighteen months role on the soap opera, Home and Away, as one of 17 original cast members, playing the character of Ruth "Roo" Stewart. The character of Roo was reinstated in the cast list, in 2010, but was now portrayed by Georgie Parker, hence along with Ray Meagher's character of Alf Stewart, she is only one of two original characters. She was one of several Home and Away cast-members to star in a stage musical about the soap, which toured the UK in 1991.[4]

Following her departure from Home and Away in 1989, Clarke appeared in the short-lived series Family and Friends before going on to act in several mini-series including Come In Spinner, Golden Fiddles and Tracks of Glory.

In 1991, she formed a Dolly Parton inspired band called the Honky Tonk Angels, which disbanded three years later. In the late '90s she was a backing vocalist in the Sydney band Automatic Cherry, that also featured The Cruel Sea guitarist James Cruickshank. The band released the album Slow Burner in 1997. Clarke is also a jazz vocalist and cabaret singer, popular on the Sydney club circuit.[1]

Clarke at Tropfest in 2012

A popular children's entertainer and presenter on the landmark children's television program Play School, Clarke has releases albums and DVDs of Children's music through ABC Music. Titles include I Like to Sing, Songs to Make You Smile, Great Big World, Pyjama Jam! & the ARIA Award winning A Little Day Out With Justine Clarke.[5]

First time I stepped onto that set I felt like I was a child again and I had climbed into the television! I remember feeling slightly nervous about meeting old pros like Jemima and Big Ted, but they were very warm and welcoming and just the same as they are on the show.

— Justine Clarke, On becoming a Playschool presenter[2]

Clarke's film Turning April in 1996 was followed by Blackrock with Heath Ledger in 1997. More recently she has starred in the films Danny Deckchair and Look Both Ways. The role of Meryl Lee in Look Both Ways scored Clarke a nomination for an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Lead Actress award in 2005[6] and the award for Best Actress at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival.

After three episodes of the series Wildside, she played Dr Samantha O'Hara in 21 episodes of All Saints. She also played the leading role in the Australian medical drama The Surgeon and appeared in the third season of the critically acclaimed Australian TV Drama series Love My Way, as Simone, the estranged sister of Asher Keddie's Julia.

An experienced stage actor, Clarke has worked with the Sydney Theatre Company is productions such as The Man with Five Children, Trelawey of the Wells, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Herbal Bed, "Hedda Gabler" and Stiffs, and for Belvoir Company B in Michael Gow's Toy Symphony.

In 2009, she starred as the main character in the television series for Showcase Tangle.

In 2010, Clarke starred in the short film Peekaboo.

In 2012, she appeared in the television series Woodley.

In 2013 and 2014, she starred in the television series The Time of Our Lives playing Bernadette.[7]

In 2015, she plays as Eve on House Husbands.

Personal life[edit]

Clarke has three children named Josef, Nina and Max with her husband, actor Jack Finsterer.[1][8][9][10]



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Anna Goanna
1996 Turning April Rosa
1997 Blackrock Tiffany
2000 Bootmen Kim
2003 Danny Deckchair Trudy Dunphy
2003 Japanese Story Jane
2003 Car Park Renee Short
2005 Look Both Ways Meryl Lee
2008 List, TheThe List Amy Short
2008 8 Mother Segment: "The Water Diary"
2009 In Her Skin Irene
2011 Peekaboo Jillian Short
2011 Spider Walk Angela Short
2013 Humble Beginnings of the Balloon, TheThe Humble Beginnings of the Balloon Narrator (voice) Short
2014 Healing Michelle
2014 Maya the Bee Miss Cassandra (voice) English version
2015 Month of Sundays, AA Month of Sundays Wendy
2016 Red Dog: True Blue Diane Carter
2018 Maya the Bee: The Honey Games Queen (voice) English version


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Maestro's Company, TheThe Maestro's Company Tina TV series
1986 Professor Poopsnagle's Stream Zeppelin Carmen TV series
1987 Country Practice, AA Country Practice Nicki Simpson Guest role (5 episodes)
1988 Princess Kate Kate McLelland TV film
1988–89 Home and Away Roo Stewart Regular role
1990 Come In Spinner Monnie Malone TV film
1990 Family and Friends Cheryl Brooks TV film
1994 Golden Fiddles Liddy Powell TV miniseries
1994 Tracks of Glory Kate O'Brien TV miniseries
1996 Twisted Pip "The Crossing"
1998 Wildside Jessie Roscoe / Jessie Armstrong "1.11", "1.12", "1.32"
1998 Never Tell Me Never Anna TV film
1998–99 All Saints Dr. Samantha O'Hara Recurring role (series 1-2)
2001 Head Start Julia Hunter "Seeing Is Believing"
2004 Go Big Gina Katz TV film
2004 Brush-Off, TheThe Brush-Off Salina TV film
2005 Surgeon, TheThe Surgeon Dr. Eve Agius Main role
2007 Love My Way Simone Recurring role
2007 Bastard Boys Janine McSwain TV miniseries
2007 Chandon Pictures Samantha "Back to School"
2009–2012 Tangle Ally Kovac Main role
2012 Woodley Em Main role
2013–14 Time of Our Lives, TheThe Time of Our Lives Bernadette Flynn Main role
2014 It's a Date Amy "What's the Worst Thing That Can Happen on a Date?"
2015 Gallipoli Mrs. Johnson TV miniseries
2015 House Husbands Eve Main role (series 4)
2016 Rake Alli Franklin "4.2"
2017 Hoges Noelene Hogan TV miniseries


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