Libby Tanner

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Libby Tanner
Born Elizabeth Mary Tanner
(1970-02-25) 25 February 1970 (age 47)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Notable work All Saints (1998–2003)
Wentworth (2015–present)
Partner(s) Brian Vriends (1998–2004)
Jimmy Ryan
Children 3

Elizabeth "Libby" Tanner (born 25 February 1970) is an Australian stage and television actress and theatre director best known for her roles as Bronwyn Craig in the television series All Saints and as Bridget Westfall in Wentworth.

Early Life[edit]

Tanner grew up in Victoria, Australia, graduating from the University of Ballarat in 1993, with a Bachelor of Performing Arts.[1] She has an older brother.[2]


Tanner began her career in theatre and made several guest appearances on Victorian based productions before landing her first big role was as Zoe Marshall in the short lived Channel 9 soap Pacific Drive from 1996 to 1997.[3]

Tanner then moved to Sydney, Australia to pursue more acting opportunities and in 1998, began starring in the hospital drama All Saints [4] as Bronwyn (Bron) Craig until she exited the series in 2003. Tanner's character was well received during her time on the show, winning Logie Awards for her role in 2002 and 2003.[3]

In 2004, after returning to Victoria, she starred in the short lived television series Fireflies and then the Australian drama series headLand from 2005 to 2006.[3]

From 2009 to 2011 she starred as Michelle LeTourneau in Rescue: Special Ops.[3]

Since 2015 she has been a recurring character on the television series Wentworth playing forensic psychologist Bridget Westfall.

Tanner has her own theatre company, Mad as Us. [5]


During her run on All Saints, she gained a total of seven Logie nominations in categories including Most Popular New Female Talent and Most Outstanding Actress and Best Personality on Australian Television. Tanner won Most Popular Actress Logie Awards in 2002 and 2003 for her role as Bron.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Tanner was previously in a relationship with All Saints co-star Brian Vriends with whom she shares a daughter.[6] She has two other children.[5]

Tanner is good friends with her All Saints and Wentworth co-star Tammy MacIntosh.[6]

She currently resides in Geelong, Victoria.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2016 Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows Sarah Riles Telemovie
2013 The Turning Gail Lang Segment: “Damaged Goods”
2011 These Empty Streets Susie Short Film
2008 Little Wings Claire Short Film
2008 Scorched Lizzie Francia Telemovie
2006 BlackJack: At the Gates Stephanie Turner Telemovie
2004 Fireflies Lill Yengill Telemovie
1996 Life Jane


Year Title Role Notes
2015-Present Wentworth Bridget Westfall
2013-2014 Nowhere Boys Sarah Riles 12 Episodes
2012 Mrs Biggs Norma 2 Episodes
2009-2011 Rescue: Special Ops Michelle LeTourneau Main Cast
2008 Rush Robyn Hume Series 1, Episode 8
2005-2006 headLand Grace Palmer Main Cast
2004 Fireflies Lill Yengill Main Cast
2004 Rapid Response Jessica Unaired Pilot
2003 Stingers Ava Ryan Series 7, Episode 10
1998-2003 All Saints Bronwyn Craig Main Cast
1996-1997 Pacific Drive Zoe Marshall Main Cast
1995 Frontline Street Informant
1995 Blue Heelers Holly McLeod Series 2, Episode 14
1995 Snowy River: The McGregor Saga Brodie Series 2, Episode 10
1994 Blue Heelers Heather Series 1, Episode 27
1994 Neighbours Lynette Thornycroft 6 Episodes
1993 Neighbours Kay
1992 Bony Ginny Series 1, Episode 6


Year Production Role Notes
2015 Abigail’s Party Bev (Lead) Mad as Us/Geelong

Production Company

2015 Demolition Job Director Mad as Us
2013 Burning June Matthews (Lead) Mad as Us
1999 The Art of Penetration Lead Belvoir Street Theatre Company
Emerald City Helen Queensland Theatre Company
1994 Rebellion: Inca Eureka Lead Barnstorm Theatre Company
1994 Cuckoo Lead Barnstorm Theatre Company


  1. ^ "Libby Tanner Biography" (PDF). Lisa Mann Creative Management. 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "My Bro". Instagram. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Libby Tanner makes return to TV on Rescue Special Ops". Herald Sun. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  4. ^ "Libby Tanner—TV's Brightest New Star". Seven Network Limited. 1999. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Libby Tanner Talks Life, Philosophy and Her New Role in Burning". Theatre People. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Libby's Little Saints". Angelfire. 2003. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "Tanner ready for Drysdale's party". Geelong Indy. 25 November 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 

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