Sophie Heathcote

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Sophie Heathcote
Born (1972-12-25)25 December 1972
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died 4 January 2006(2006-01-04) (aged 33)
Occupation Television actor
Spouse(s) Chris Clarke
Children 2

Sophie Heathcote (25 December 1972 – 4 January 2006) was an Australian actress, primarily known for her television roles, particularly A Country Practice and Water Rats


Heathcote was born in Melbourne[1] on 25 December 1972. She began her acting career with a role in medical drama series A Country Practice as Stephanie "Steve" Brennan from 1990 to 1991. She followed this with a role in Australian film Reckless Kelly (1993).

Professional training[edit]

She graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in late 1994. Acting roles included roles in Bordertown, GP and Soldier Soldier. Subsequent to this she took the ongoing role of Senior Constable Fiona Cassidy in Water Rats (1996–97), followed by a role in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation series Raw FM (1997) in which she played sexy lesbian dancer Sam, a role she said challenged her more than anything she'd done since leaving NIDA. She won an AFI award in 2000 for her role in ABC's Grass Roots.[2][1]

Personal life[edit]

Along with her husband she established an annual fundraising event that raises $500,000 a year for the neonatal unit at the Royal Children's Hospital. The staff there saved the life of their first child, Madeleine, who is believed to have suffered respiratory problems. The couple moved to the USA in 2005, basing themselves in New York City.[2][1]


Heathcote died suddenly on 4 January 2006 in Connecticut,[1] reportedly from an aneurysm.[2] She had also been suffering from skin and pancreatic cancer.[1]

Her funeral was held on 18 January 2006 at St Peter's Church in Toorak, Victoria, Australia. She was survived by her husband, their daughter, and their son.[2] Heathcote is buried at Sorrento Cemetery on the Mornington Peninsula.


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