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 48)
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Cameron Barnett

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, 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 is married to Cameron Barnett,[2] and they have two sons: Eden (born 2006)[2] and Jem. She grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Knoxfield.



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.[3] This was followed by a role in the Australian teen drama Blue Water High.[4]

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,[5] 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,[6] Heroes' Mountain telemovie, Young Lions, The Secret Life of Us, Stingers and Through My Eyes miniseries.

Garner played Detective Senior Constable Jennifer Mapplethorpe in the police drama series City Homicide, which debuted in 2007.[7][8][9] Starting in February 2013, she has appeared as Jean Beazley, the housekeeper, in The Doctor Blake Mysteries with Craig McLachlan.[10]

In September 2013, Garner appeared as Eve in episode four of the ABC1 television comedy series It's a Date.[11]


Garner made her film debut in The Still Point (1986)[12] and appeared in Bushfire Moon (1987), Mull (1988) (for which she won "Best Actress" in the 1988 Australian Film Institute Awards),[12] Metal Skin (1994),[13] Fresh Air (1999), The Book of Revelation (2006), and Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance (2007).[14]

In 2002–03, Garner played in a national tour of the musical Cabaret[15] 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.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations to date:


  1. ^ "Nadine Garner: Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Nadine Garner on her fairytale life". Australian Women's Weekly via 66–68. August 2007. Archived from the original on 2 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  3. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney: Fairfax Digital. 20 May 1985. p. 55. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Blue Water High". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. ABC Australia. 11 May 2005. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Shadows of the Heart-Full Cast & Crew". IMDB. Retrieved 2 June 2014. As Lanty Fargo
  6. ^ Episode Five, Eddie's Birthday
  7. ^ "City Homicide hits seven". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). News Ltd. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Nadine Garner". Yahoo! TV. Yahoo!. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  9. ^ Ellis, Scott (27 August 2007). "Mystery within mysteries". The Age. Sydney: Fairfax Digital. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  10. ^ "Craig MacLachlan & Nadine Garner Sign On For 1959 Crime Drama TV Series 'The Dr Blake Mysteries'". 9 April 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  11. ^ Zuk, T. (12 August 2013). "It's a Date". Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ McCarthy, Todd (19 September 1994). "Review: 'Metal Skin'". Variety. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  14. ^ Leonard, Richard (2007). "RAZZLE DAZZLE: A JOURNEY INTO DANCE". Film Reviews 2007. Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting ( Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  15. ^ 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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