Kestie Morassi

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Kestie Morassi
Born (1978-08-08) 8 August 1978 (age 39)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Alma mater National Theatre, Melbourne
Occupation Actress

Kestie Morassi (born 8 August 1978)[1][2] is an Australian film and television actress. She played Natalie in the HBO series Satisfaction (2007). Morassi has also appeared in the films Dirty Deeds (2002), Wolf Creek (2005), and The Illustrated Family Doctor (2005), and has made television appearances on Underbelly (2008) and Wilfred (2010).

Early life[edit]

Morassi was born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Sandy and Liv Morassi.[2] She lived in Adelaide until she was thirteen years old. She studied at the National Theatre, Melbourne Drama School, graduating in 1994, and another five years at Drama with a Difference.[3]


Morassi first appeared on the television series Neighbours in 1996. She would later appear in BeastMaster, Stingers and The Secret Life of Us in the early 2000s before making the transition to films in 2002 alongside an all-star cast including Bryan Brown, Toni Collette, Sam Neill, Sam Worthington, and John Goodman in Dirty Deeds which saw her nominated for a Best Supporting Actor award by the Film Critics Circle of Australia.[4]

Morassi has also appeared in Darkness Falls, Travelling Light, Strange Bedfellows, Thunderstruck, The Illustrated Family Doctor, and Josh Jarman before getting her international break in the Australian box-office success Wolf Creek, which screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.[5] She played backpacker Kristy Earl, for which she was nominated for an Australian Film Institute award for Best Supporting Actress 2005.[6] She also starred in the Patrick Hughes short film Signs for Schweppes opposite Nick Russell.[citation needed]

In recent work, Morassi played whip-cracking brothel manager Natalie in Foxtel's groundbreaking drama Satisfaction and portrays sultry and infatuated criminal defence lawyer Zarah Garde-Wilson in the Nine Network TV drama series Underbelly.[4] In 2010, she had a guest appearance on Wilfred, playing "Kat".[7][8]

Morassi joined the cast of Seven Network soap opera Home and Away in 2017 as Maggie Astoni.[9][10]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Dirty Deeds Margaret Nominated  – FCCA Award for Best Supporting Actor (Female)[4]
2002 The Merchant of Fairness Katrina
2002 Travelling Light Rhonda
2003 Darkness Falls Nurse Lauren
2003 Strange Bedfellows Carla
2003 Thunderstruck Amy
2004 Josh Jarman Sasha
2005 Wolf Creek Kristy Earl Nominated – AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress
2005 The Illustrated Family Doctor Jennifer
2008 Signs Stacey Short film
2009 Piñata Wendy Short film
2009 Birthday Lily Melbourne Underground Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress[11]
2010 The Wedding Party Jacqui
2010 Blame Cate
2012 Fearless Rachel Lepinsky Short film
2012 Real Meal Deal Activist Short film
2014 Fractions Peta Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Neighbours Charnelle Edwards
2001 The Saddle Club Mrs. Sharlow
2002 The Secret Life of Us Larissa
2003 Stingers Simone
2006 Two Twisted Rose
2007–2010 Satisfaction Natalie Recurring role
2008 Underbelly Zarah Garde Wilson Recurring role
2010 Wilfred Kat
2010 Offspring Ivy Recurring role
2017– Home and Away Maggie Astoni Main role


  1. ^ "User @kestimorassi". Instagram. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "MORASSI, Kestie". Genealogy SA. Archived from the original on 17 January 2018.  (Newspaper birth notice search)
  3. ^ Author unknown (date unknown). "Dirty Deeds". Drama With A Difference. Retrieved on 5 April 2010 from
  4. ^ a b c STV (20 November 2009) "Kestie Morassi – Zarah". Underbelly cast guide. STV, 20 November 2009. Retrieved on 5 April 2010 from [1].
  5. ^ Dunkley, Cathy; Harris, Dana (3 January 2005). "Dimension up a scary 'Creek'". Variety. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  6. ^ Soares, Andre (26 November 2005). "Australian Film Institute Awards – 2005". Alt Film Guide, 26 November 2005. Retrieved on 5 April 2010 from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 August 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2010. .
  7. ^ Siemienowicz, Rochelle (7 July 2011). "AFI Quick Quiz: Kestie Morassi". Australian Film Institute Blog. Retrieved 16 April 2018. 
  8. ^ Idato, Michael (13 May 2010). "Wilfred goes to Hollywood". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 April 2018. 
  9. ^ Groome, Imogen (8 June 2017). "Home and Away spoilers: There's a new family heading to Summer Bay". Metro. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Kestie Morassi - Seven". Yahoo! TV Australia. 14 June 2017. Archived from the original on 17 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  11. ^ Everleth, Mike (31 August 2011). "2011 Melbourne Underground Film Festival: Award Winners". Underground Film Journal. Retrieved 17 April 2018. 

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