Pippa Black

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Pippa Black
Pippa Black.jpg
Born (1982-10-16) 16 October 1982 (age 36)
Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia
Years active2003–present

Pippa Black (born 16 October 1982)[1] is an Australian actress. From 2005 to 2009, Black played Elle Robinson in the soap opera Neighbours. Black played Tonya in the NBC series Outsourced from 2010 to 2011.


Black appeared in the television movie Evil Never Dies in 2003. She then went on to appear in episodes of The Secret Life of Us and Last Man Standing.[2] In September 2005, it was announced that Black had joined the cast of Neighbours as Elle Robinson.[3] Black told Clare Rigden of TV Week that she was going to London for a working holiday when she learnt that she had got the part.[3] Of joining the cast, she commented "I admit I was a little star struck turning up to Ramsay Street and meeting everybody, but they all bent over backwards to help out and settle my nerves."[3] Black earned a nomination for Most Popular New Female Talent at the Logie Awards for her portrayal of Elle.[4] She was also nominated for Best Actress at Cosmopolitan's Fun, Fearless Female Awards in 2009.[5] In June 2009, Black quit Neighbours to pursue other projects.[6] The actress later revealed she would be willing to return to the soap in the future.[7]

Black was cast in Gemma Lee's short film The Wake, which premiered at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films in 2009.[8][9] She then went on to appear in the independent film Emergence and was cast in an episode of City Homicide as Emily Rigby.[10] Black and her former Neighbours co-star Sweeney Young portrayed a young couple in the music video for Jacob Butler's single "Coma".[11] Of appearing in the video, Black stated "I really love the track, that's why I got on board. I've never appeared in a video clip before so it's nice to be involved in something with really relatable lyrics. I think the scenes that we shot are really dramatic and quite emotive with the music."[11] On 6 July 2010, it was announced Black had been cast in US comedy Outsourced. She replaced Jessica Gower in the role of Tonya, "an athletic, statuesque woman who runs a customer service center in India."[12] NBC cancelled Outsourced after one season.[13]

In 2012, Black appeared as Carissa Gibson in the season 13 finale of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[14] She also filmed her first leading role in the indie film My Funny Valentine.[15] Black was later cast in Jeremy Ervine and David Campbell's first feature film, Lemon Tree Passage, as Amelia Stone.[16] In 2013 Black has filmed roles in Dreamgirl, Perception, Royal Pains and Amnesia.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Black attended St Patrick's Primary School in Mentone, Victoria and she later became a Vice Captain at Beaconhills College.[18] She deferred her Animal Technology studies to pursue an acting career.[18] Black moved to Los Angeles in 2011 and shared an apartment with fellow Australian actor Tim Campbell.[14]

Black is a vegetarian and she starred in an ad campaign for PETA Asia Pacific in 2007. Black donned a gown made entirely of lettuce leaves. She said that "going vegetarian is a positive step to help stop animal suffering; it's also great for your health and the environment."[19] Black has supported various charities including the Narre Warren Lighthouse Foundation and the Australian Childhood Foundation.[18][20]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Evil Never Dies Female student
2004 The Secret Life of Us Madelaine Episode: "The Truth About Cats and Dogs: Part 1"
2005 Last Man Standing Chrissie Episode: 1.4
2005–09 Neighbours Elle Robinson Regular role
2009 Emergence Rachel
2009 The Wake Sophie
2010 City Homicide Emily Rigby Episode: "Protection"
2010 Tegan the Vegan Elenore the Carnivore Voice
2010–11 Outsourced Tonya Regular role
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Carissa Gibson Episodes: "Rhodium Nights" and "Lost Reputation"
2012 My Funny Valentine Zoe
2013 Lemon Tree Passage Amelia Stone
2013 Royal Pains Monique Episode: Bones to Pick
2014 Cookie Mobster


  1. ^ http://www.biografias.es/famosos/pippa-black.html
  2. ^ "Pippa Back (Neighbours' Elle Robinson) Interview". Last Broadcast. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Rigden, Clare (17–25 September 2005). "Elle of a girl!". TV Week. ACP Magazines: 4.
  4. ^ "Neighbours' Pippa Black poses for PETA". Nine News. Ninemsn. 20 November 2007. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Fun Fearless Female–09–Vote". Cosmopolitan. Hearst Corporation. Archived from the original on 28 October 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  6. ^ Rowe, Darren (20 June 2009). "Another "Neighbours" star quits". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  7. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (21 July 2010). "Black would consider 'Neighbours' return". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Director". Gemma Lee. 26 February 2004. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  9. ^ "The Wake - 2009 ShortFest". Psfilmfest.org. 14 June 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  10. ^ "In the mag - MasterChef, Sea Patrol, Farmer Wants a Wife". TV Week. Ninemsn. 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  11. ^ a b Rowe, Darren (30 July 2009). "'Neighbours' stars film music video". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  12. ^ "NBC recasts "Outsourced" role". Reuters. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  13. ^ Rice, Lynette (13 May 2011). "NBC cancels 'The Event' and 'Law & Order: L.A.'". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  14. ^ a b Devlyn, Darren (26 June 2012). "Neighbours star shines on US TV". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  15. ^ "Aussie Black makes new order". The Advertiser. News Limited. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  16. ^ "Fnuky founders begin filming on debut feature Lemon Tree Passage". Mumbrella. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  17. ^ http://pippablack.net
  18. ^ a b c Fraser, Rebecca (2 February 2006). "Now, Pippa's a neighbour, too". Pakenham News. Star News Group. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  19. ^ "TV Star Goes Green for PETA's Ad Campaign". Scoop.co.nz. 20 November 2007. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  20. ^ "Celebrity Neighbours unite for Childhood Hero Appeal". Childhoodhero.com.au. Retrieved 13 April 2011.

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