|Born||1971/1972 (age 45–46)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Mandy McElhinney (born 1971/1972) is an Australian actress best known for playing Rhonda in AAMI insurance advertisements. She appeared on the sketch comedy television series, Comedy Inc., from 2003 to 2006. She appeared as Gina Rinehart in the telemovie The House of Hancock, alongside Sam Neill in 2015.
McElhinney was born in Perth, Western Australia, to Rosemary and Andrew, and raised in Leeman. She has a younger sister, Hayley, who is also an actress. They both took drama and dance lessons as teenagers. She was bullied for her red hair as a child and so she became some what of a class clown making people laugh. Her 'stupid' impersonations as child have in some way given her the desire to entertain. McElhinney studied at Stella Maris Presentation College in Geraldton, which is now Nagle Catholic College.
McElhinney is known for appearing in many other Australian television series and films including a recurring role in 2002 and 2003 on MDA, small roles in various crime and medical dramas, and a guest role as a shop assistant in Kath & Kim. She also appeared in the film The Bank. She is also a regular in stage productions, including with the Melbourne and the Sydney Theatre Companies Recently, she starred as Rhonda in the AAMI Safe Driver rewards series of commercials. The ad and her character's love story within it, consequently became a major part of Australian popular culture. She stars as strict Matron Frances Bolton in the Australian drama series Love Child. She played the role of mining magnate Gina Rinehart in Nine's 2015 telemovie The House of Hancock.
McElhinney recently starred as Kerry Packer's down-trodden PA, "Rose" in Channel Nine's TV mini-series Howzat! Kerry Packer's War for which she won the AACTA Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama and was nominated for the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress in a Series and as the new Editor-in-Chief of Packer's newly acquired Woman's Day magazine, Nene King, in series 2 of ABC1's Paper Giants mini-series Magazine Wars.
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