Nadine Garner

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Nadine Garner
Nadine Garner at the AACTA Awards in Sydney, Australia (6796007613).jpg
Garner in 2012
Born (1970-12-14) 14 December 1970 (age 50)
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Cameron Barnett (divorced)

Nadine Lynette Garner (born 14 December 1970 in Knoxfield, Melbourne) is an Australian actress, who started her career as a teen performer.[1]


Garner first came to public attention in 1985, as Tamara Henderson in the Australian TV series The Henderson Kids and then in her debut film, The Still Point. She made her stage debut in 1987 in the title role of the Melbourne Theatre Company production of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Since then she has worked extensively in film, theatre and TV (both in Australia and the UK) and received awards and nominations for performances in each field. Also interested in writing, she wrote and performed in the stage work Birds Eye View in Sydney in 2002.

Garner has worked with most state theatre companies in a wide variety of roles in works by Shakespeare, Molière, Sheridan, Ibsen, Ziegler, Chekhov, Orton, Shaffer, Lawler and Elton. She also played the role of Desire in the highly controversial Australian musical Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom.

Personal life[edit]

Garner was married to Cameron Barnett,[2] and they have two sons: Eden (born 2006)[2] and Jem. In 2018 she revealed that she and Barnett were divorced.[3] She grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Knoxfield.

TV work[edit]

Garner's first major role was in 1985 at the age of 15 as Tamara in The Henderson Kids, a role for which she won several awards.[4] This was followed by a role in the Australian teen drama Blue Water High.[5]

Garner played Arlene Toomer in the BBC comedy series Boys From The Bush for two series in 1991/92. She has since had a series of minor and guest roles in multiple Australian and British television series, including Prisoner, My Brother Tom miniseries, Neighbours, The Bill, A Country Practice, The Flying Doctors, Shadows of the Heart miniseries,[6] G. P., Twisted Tales, Good Guys Bad Guys, Raw FM, Tribe miniseries, Class Act, Water Rats, The Love of Lionel's Life telemovie, Changi miniseries – Ep.5,[7] Heroes' Mountain telemovie, Young Lions, The Secret Life of Us, Stingers, My Life Is Murder and Through My Eyes miniseries.

Garner played Detective Senior Constable Jennifer Mapplethorpe in the police drama series City Homicide, which debuted in 2007.[8][9][10] Starting in February 2013, she appeared as Jean Beazley, the housekeeper, in The Doctor Blake Mysteries with Craig McLachlan.[11]

In September 2013, Garner appeared as Eve in episode four of the ABC1 television comedy series It's a Date.[12]

Film work[edit]

Garner made her film debut in The Still Point (1986)[13] and appeared in Bushfire Moon (1987), Mull (1988) (for which she won "Best Actress" in the 1988 Australian Film Institute Awards),[13] Metal Skin (1994),[14] Fresh Air (1999), The Book of Revelation (2006), and Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance (2007).[15]

In 2002–03, Garner played in a national tour of the musical Cabaret[16] and received enthusiastic reviews—as well as two theatre awards—for her performance as "Fraulein Kost/Fritzi". In 2010, she returned to film, appearing in The Wedding Party.



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Neighbours Rachel Burns Regular
The Henderson Kids Tamara 'Tammy' Henderson Regular
Prisoner Young Girl Episode 526
1986 My Brother Tom Jean Quayle TV mini-series
House Rules Sophie Regular
A Country Practice Bonnie Stewart episodes: Growing Pains Part 1/2
The Flying Doctors Amanda episode - E.T.- New Girl in Town
1989 Judy McKenzie episode - Blues For Judy
1990 Shadows of the Heart Lanty Fargo TV mini-series
1991 All Together Now Karen Moyer episode - I Want to Be Bobby's Girl
A Country Practice Donna Hume episodes: For All The Good Times Part 1/2
Boys From The Bush Arlene Toomer Regular
1993 Phoenix Lindy episode - Inside Information
1994 Under the Skin episode - Dino, Where You Been
1994-1995 Class Act Gloria O'Grady Regular
1997 Raw FM' Zelda Lee Regular
1998 Twisted Mallory episode - The Crossing
1999 Tribe Marie Sinclair TV Mini-series
2000 Water Rats Shelley Andrews episode - Obsession
2001 Flat Chat episode - Nick's Birthday
Changi Lisa TV mini-series
2002 Young Lions Rebecca Ann Sharpe 2 episodes: Kickboxer kills Racist/Kickboxer on Trial
2004 Through My Eyes Sally Lowe TV mini-series
Stingers Evelyn Ballantyne episode - House of Mirrors
2005 The Secret Life of Us Anna 2 episodes: Dead Man Walking/Kicking The Habit
2005-2006 Blue Water High Deborah Callum / Deb Regular 27 episodes
2007-2011 City Homicide Detective Senior Constable Jennifer Mapplethorpe Regular- 84 episodes
2013 It's a Date Eve episode- Do Opposites Attract?
2013-2017 The Doctor Blake Mysteries Jean Beazley Regular- 44 episodes
2017 Shakespeare Republic Viola episode- Viola
2019 Mr. Black Rowena Black 2 episodes
My Life Is Murder Katrina Logan episode - Remains to Be Seen
Pilot Week Karen

Television film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Feds Tammy Warren TV Movie/mini-series
The Feds: Deception
1997 Good Guys Bad Guys: Only the Young Die Good Jinx television film
2000 The Love of Lionel's Life Lena television movie
2002 Heroes' Mountain Federal Policewoman television movie
2017 The Doctor Blake Mysteries Jean Beazley television film titled Family Portrait
2018 Jean Blake television film titled Ghost Stories

Short film[edit]

Year Title Role Duration
1997 Treading Dirt Rosy 12 minutes
1998 You Am I: What I Don't Know 'Bout You partygoer 4 minutes
2005 In The Shadows 10 minutes
2017 Speaking Daggers Emilia
Mrs McCutcheon Jenny 17 minutes


Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Still Point Sarah
1987 Bushfire Moon Sarah O'Day
1989 Mull Phoebe Mulens Australian Film Institute Awards
***1982: Won — Best Actress in a Lead Role
1994 Metal Skin Roslyn
1999 Fresh Air Kit
2006 The Book of Revelation Margot
2007 Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance Sarah Gunner
2010 The Wedding Party Lisa
2018 Celeste Grace

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
1985 Television Society of Australia Penguin: Certificate of Special Recognition for Performance by an Actress in a Mini-series The Henderson Kids Won
1986 Logie Award Best Performance by a Juvenile The Henderson Kids Won
1987 Television Society of Australia Best Actress in a Lead Role The Henderson Kids II Won
1989 AFI Best Actress in a Lead Role The Mull Won
1995 AFI Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Metal Skins Nominated
FCCA (Film Critics Circle of Australia) Best Actress in a Supporting Role Won
1997 AFI Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a TV Drama Raw FM Nominated
2003 Australian Dance Awards Outstanding Performance in a Stage Musical Cabaret Nominated
Mo Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Nominated
Melbourne Green Room Award Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Won
Helpmann Award Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical Won[16]


  1. ^ "Nadine Garner: Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Nadine Garner on her fairytale life". Australian Women's Weekly: 66–68. August 2007. Archived from the original on 2 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014 – via
  3. ^ "NADINE GARNER: the Doctor Blake star takes centre stage in a new telemovie". The Australian Woman's Weekly. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  4. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald". Sydney: Fairfax Digital. 20 May 1985. p. 55. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Blue Water High". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. ABC Australia. 11 May 2005. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Shadows of the Heart-Full Cast & Crew". IMDB. Retrieved 2 June 2014. As Lanty Fargo
  7. ^ Episode Five, Eddie's Birthday
  8. ^ "City Homicide hits seven". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). News Ltd. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Nadine Garner". Yahoo! TV. Yahoo!. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  10. ^ Ellis, Scott (27 August 2007). "Mystery within mysteries". The Age. Sydney: Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  11. ^ "Craig MacLachlan & Nadine Garner Sign On For 1959 Crime Drama TV Series 'The Dr Blake Mysteries'". 9 April 2012. Archived from the original on 15 July 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  12. ^ Zuk, T. (12 August 2013). "It's a Date". Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Former 'Henderson Kid' Nadine Garner is now one of nation's brightest talents". The Age. Sydney: Fairfax Digital. 25 April 1989. p. 12. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  14. ^ McCarthy, Todd (19 September 1994). "Review: 'Metal Skin'". Variety. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  15. ^ Leonard, Richard (2007). "RAZZLE DAZZLE: A JOURNEY INTO DANCE". Film Reviews 2007. Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting ( Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical". Pandora Archive 2001 Helpmann Awards Nominees. Australian Entertainment Industry Association (AEIA). Pandora Archive. Archived from the original on 18 July 2003. Retrieved 2 June 2014.

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