23 June 1964 |
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer|
Tara Morice (born 23 June 1964) is an Australian actress, singer, and dancer.
Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Morice also lived in Sydney, Alice Springs and Adelaide as a child. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Australian History and English from the Australian National University and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1987.
She has worked extensively on stage in Australia, including productions for the Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company, Griffin Theatre Company, Belvoir and the Ensemble Theatre. She played Fran in Strictly Ballroom when it premiered as a stage play in 1988, and she was a member of Baz Luhrmann's Six Years Old Company. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role in Fat Swan at the 2012 Helpmann Awards and a Victorian Green Room Award for The Venetian Twins in 1990.
Her first film appearance was as Fran in the 1992 film Strictly Ballroom (directed by Baz Luhrmann), for which she was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and an Australian Film Institute award. Morice also appeared on the film's soundtrack, singing a duet of Time After Time with Mark Williams.
Her television work includes roles in Answered by Fire, After the Deluge, Salem's Lot, Loot, Grass Roots and McLeod's Daughters. Morice had a starring role in the series of three Dogwoman telemovies with Magda Szubanski in 2000. She also plays Miss Raine in Series 1, 2 and 3 of Dance Academy for ABC/ZDF.
She wrote and directed the documentary My Biggest Fan, about her correspondence and friendship with an American great-grandmother, Mildred Levine, who wrote to her after seeing Strictly Ballroom. The film premiered at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, and was broadcast on the SBS network in Australia in 2008.
Morice has a daughter, Ondine Morice Pearce, who was the stills photographer (at age 11) on My Biggest Fan.
|1995||Hotel Sorrento||Pippa Moynihan|
|2008||Close Distance||Rivka||Short film|
|2009||Miracle Fish||Mum||Short film|
|2010||Oranges and Sunshine||Pauline|
|2013||At the Fork||Narrator (voice)||Video short|
|2013||101 Cupcakes||Agnes Harvey||Short film|
|2014||Smithston||Mrs. Smithston||Short film|
|1997||Big Sky||Linda||"Blind Spot"|
|1998||Water Rats||Anne Milner||"Diminished Responsibility"|
|1998||Difficult Woman, AA Difficult Woman||Susan Taylor||TV miniseries|
|2000||Dogwoman: Dead Dog Walking||Pauline O'Halloran||TV film|
|2000||Something in the Air||Candy Rogers||Recurring role|
|2000||Dogwoman: A Grrrl's Best Friend||Pauline O'Halloran||TV film|
|2000-2003||Grass Roots||Julie Dunkley||Recurring role|
|2001||Dogwoman: The Legend of Dogwoman||Pauline O'Halloran||TV film|
|2001||My Husband My Killer||Margaret Inkster||TV film|
|2003||After the Deluge||Dianne||TV film|
|2004||'Salem's Lot||Joyce Petrie||TV miniseries|
|2004||Loot||Karen Doakes||TV film|
|2005||Blue Heelers||Melanie Anderson||Recurring role|
|2005||McLeod's Daughters||Michelle Hall-Smith||"Out of Time", "Betwixt and Between"|
|2005||Second Chance||Edwinda||TV film|
|2006||Answered by Fire||Helen Waldman||TV film|
|2010||Home and Away||Joanna Scott||Recurring role|
|2010-2013||Dance Academy||Miss Raine||Recurring role|
|2013||Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting, TheThe Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting||Special Guest||"1.4", "1.5"|
|2013||Whitlam: The Power and the Passion||Margaret Whitlam||"Part 2"|
|2015||Winter||Judith Johansson||Recurring role|
- "Tara Morice". IMDb. Retrieved 2007-10-30.
- "Spotlight: Tara Morice". Racism, No Way. Government of New South Wales. Archived 21 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- "Strictly Ballroom". AusStage.
- "BAFTA Awards 1992". BAFTA Awards Database. British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
- Enker, Debi (6 November 2008). "When Tara found her biggest fan". The Age.
- Thompson, Erica (4 November 2008). "Strictly Ballroom's Tara Morice forges bond with fan, 75". The Courier-Mail.
- Hawker, Phillipa (10 October 2013). "New money could bring another Ned to our screens". The Age. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
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