Petra Yared

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Petra Yared
Born (1979-01-18) 18 January 1979 (age 37)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation actress
Years active 1993-present

Petra Yared (born 18 January 1979) is a Lebanese-Australian actress. She has also been credited as Petra Jared.[1]

Early life[edit]

Yared was born in Melbourne to Rick and Shelley, having an older sister, Sara and younger brother, Nicholas. Yared is of Lebanese descent whose roots are of importance. At nine, she took part in acting workshops at the National Theatre in Melbourne, going on to audition and gain small television roles. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Melbourne,[1] specialising in the history of the Middle East.

She began her career in children's television series including Sky Trackers and The Genie From Down Under 2.


With a major role as Jo Tiegan, in the Australian-New Zealand television production Mirror, Mirror, she won the Australian Film Institute award for Best New Talent.[citation needed]

In 1996, she appeared in Neighbours as Georgia ("George") Brown. She returned to the soap in late 2007 in the recurring role of Mia Silvani.

Yared also had significant roles in series including Blue Heelers and The Secret Life of Us, and guest roles on All Saints (2008), City Homicide (2010), Rescue (2011) and Crownies (2011).

From 2002 to 2005, she was a main cast member on MDA alongside Shane Bourne and Kerry Armstrong as the receptionist of Baha'i faith. She plays FOCA analyst Joanne Peters, in Underbelly, episode "Badness".[2]

Appearances in films include The Real Macaw and Journey to the Center of the Earth (1999).

She appeared in the Melbourne Theatre Company's stage production of Pride and Prejudice in Melbourne in 1999.

On being an actress, she says "I never know what type of role will appeal to me until I read the script, and then it's usually an instinctive response. I sometimes just 'get' the character immediately and I know how I want to play her". Being an actress, she says, allows her to explore different worlds, "whether it's trying to understand the psychology of someone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or researching a different religion or learning how to fire a gun." [3]

Personal life[edit]

Yared is married to actor and playwright Travis Cotton. The couple have two children, Theodore (born 2011) and Vivien (born 2013). They live in Melbourne.[4]

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