Michala Banas

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Michala Banas
Born
Michala Elizabeth Laurinda Banas

(1978-11-14) 14 November 1978 (age 40)
ResidenceMelbourne, Victoria
NationalityNew Zealand
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1985–present
Partner(s)Toby Truslove
Websitewww.michalabanas.net

Michala Elizabeth Laurinda Banas (born 14 November 1978) is a New Zealand television actress and singer.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, she starred in her first advert at only 18 months of age.

Her debut film performance was when she was five years old, in the New Zealand film Dangerous Orphans. Her Australian debut television performance was as Louisa in the miniseries Mirror, Mirror in 1995.

From 2001, Banas played Marissa Taylor in Always Greener and in 2002, she had a small role in the film adaptation Scooby-Doo.

Banas is an accomplished singer, and in 2003 released a single, "Kissin' The Wind", which made the top 30 on the Australian Recording Industry Association singles chart.

In 2004, Banas joined the cast of McLeod's Daughters as the character Kate Manfredi, the best friend of Jodi Fountain McLeod. She played Kate from episodes 88 to 170, when she took a short break to later return in episode 177. It was announced in 2007 that she would leave McLeod's Daughters in its final season. Banas' last episode was aired in early December 2008.

From 11 November 2008, Banas appeared in the role of Libby Kennedy on the Australian soap opera Neighbours for a five-week period after Kym Valentine was forced to take a temporary break due to illness.[1]

In 2009, Banas filled in for Fox FM's Jo Stanley on The Matt and Jo Show while Stanley was on maternity leave. That same year saw her star in the Australian national tour of the Broadway musical, Avenue Q, playing the roles of "Kate Monster" and "Lucy the Slut". Banas was one of three celebrity faces for Proactiv Solution in Australia and New Zealand.

Banas had a guest role as Tiffany Turner on the drama series Winners & Losers,[2] and a supporting role on ABC3 teen drama Nowhere Boys as Phoebe. In 2013, Banas starred in the ABC comedy series Upper Middle Bogan as Amber Wheeler. The series has run for three seasons.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Dangerous Orphans Anna
2002 Scooby-Doo Carol
2003 Ned Muffy
2010 The Colours of Home Karen Short film
2016 Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows Phoebe Hartley
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Mirror, Mirror Louisa Iredale 20 episodes
1998 State Coroner Zoe Martin Episode: "Days of Reckoning"
Episode: "Days of Reckoning II"
1999 Murder Call Kylie McDonald Episode: "Cut & Dried"
1999 Flipper Karen Episode: "Spring Break"
1999 Blue Heelers Tara Bruckner Episode: "Winning at All Costs"
2000 Blue Heelers Michaela Brady Episode: "Leg Work"
2000 The Lost World Renata Episode: "Unnatural Selection"
2000–2001 Round the Twist Ariel 11 episodes
2000–2001 Something in the Air Angela O'Connor 11 episodes
2001 BeastMaster Loriel Episode: "Mydoro"
2001 The Saddle Club Shoshonna Green Episode: "Star Quality"
2001–2003 Always Greener Marissa Taylor 50 episodes
2004–2008 McLeod's Daughters Kate Manfredi 119 episodes
2008 The Mansion Megan McKean Episode: "1.12"
2008 Neighbours Libby Kennedy 23 episodes
2011–2016 Winners & Losers Tiffany Turner 16 episodes
2012 Beaconsfield Caroline Russell Episode: "1.1"
Episode: "1.2"
2013–2016 Upper Middle Bogan Amber Wheeler Main role
2013–2016 Nowhere Boys Phoebe Hartley Supporting role
2014–2015 Have You Been Paying Attention? Herself 6 episodes
2015 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Enid Season: "3", Episode: "6"
2018 Hughesy, We Have a Problem Herself Guest celebrity
2018 Show Me the Movie! Herself

References[edit]

  1. ^ Byrne, Fiona (10 August 2008). "Kym Valentine: I had no idea I was so ill". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 10 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Michala Banas confirms role on new drama". Media Spy. 20 September 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2011. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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