Denise Roberts

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Denise Roberts was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She is an Australian actress and director who has worked in theatre, film and television since 1980. She gained initial fame when she played Julie Winters in the ABC-TV medical drama G.P. from 1989 to 1996. Roberts's mentor was Hayes Gordon, with whom she studied solidly for three years. During her seven-year stint on G.P., she taught film and television for Hayes at his Ensemble Studios.

In 2009 Roberts played the recurring role of Bonnie Bright in Channel 7's Packed To The Rafters and Faye on the feature film Subdivision[1] which premiered in August 2009.

Roberts played Helen Jones in Joanne Lees: Murder in the Outback, and starred as Aunty Barbara in the feature film Razzle Dazzle.[2] She is best known for her starring roles as the University Registrar Jessica Andrews in Roberts 7's HeadLand and the town matriarch Isabelle Turnbull in Always Greener, and for her seven years as Julie Winters in G.P. on ABC-TV. In 2010, she played Inspector Diane Pappas in the Nine Network police drama Cops L.A.C.[3]


Author of the popular Actor's Advisory Manual, Get Your Act Together, published by the Federation Press in 1995,[4] Roberts has also directed numerous theatre plays, including Lovers At Versailles at the Playhouse - Sydney Opera House. The 10-minute 16 mm short thriller Stairwell, which Roberts directed, was screened at the LA International Short Film Festival. She is the creator and Associate Producer of the ABC's 10-part drama series, Correlli,[5] which gave Hugh Jackman his big Australian break.


Roberts has received accolades at every stage of her career. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role by the Sydney Theatre Critics for her role in the highly successful David Williamson play A Charitable Intent. Other nominations and awards include a Chief Glugs Award for Excellence Behind the Scenes, an AFI Award, a Variety Club of Australia Award for Best Actress in a Television Drama, numerous Silver Logie and People's Choice Nominations for Most Outstanding Actress on Australian Television, and a Film Critics Circle Nomination for Best Supporting Actress alongside Cate Blanchett and Frances O'Connor. In 2015 Roberts was nominated for an AACTA AFI Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama together with a Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actress in a Television Drama, both for her portrayal as Rosleigh Rose Corby in Schapelle.


Roberts is the founder and Principal Director of Screenwise, a Sydney-based film and television school for actors.



Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Boy Who Had Everything Rita
1986 For Love Alone Mrs. Ashley
1987 Going Sane Mrs. Chubb
1997 Road to Nhill Gwen
2000 The Dish Bronwyn
2003 Kangaroo Jack Tansy
2006 Opal Dream Vera Dunkley
2006 One Last Shot Waitress Short film
2007 Razzle Dazzle Barbara
2007 Boys Own Story Aunt Eileen Short film
2009 Subdivision Faye
2009 Benefit Mother Short film
2010 Dying Ice Elder Short film
2010 Anyone You Want Jenny
2012 Leech Betty Short film
2013 Nerve Sally Livingston
2013 Concealed Irene Complete
2014 The Half Dead The See-er Post-production
2015 The Spirit Of The Game Sister Bingham


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Bellamy Bev Episode: "Bet Your Life"
1984 A Halo for Athuan Maizy TV film
1985 A Country Practice Patient / Kristine Cox Episodes: "Walk Tall: Parts 1 & 2", "Work Experience: Part 2"
1986 Hector's Bunyip Gladys Glum TV film
1986 Sons and Daughters Kidnapper Episode: "1.799"
1987 Sons and Daughters Monica Episode: "1.972"
1987 Rafferty's Rules Mrs. Bridges Episode: "Kids"
1987 Two Friends Jessie TV film
1988 Home and Away Woman Customer Season 1 (Episode 51)
1989 Home and Away Nola Dibble Season 2 (Episode 258)
1989 Fields of Fire III Mrs. Anderson TV miniseries
1989-1996 G.P. Julie Winters Main role (317 episodes)
1990 E Street Myra Episode: "The Reverend & the Doctor?"
1995 Correlli Helen Buckley Episodes: "Solitary", "Lock-Down"
1996 The Man from Snowy River Mary Kelly Episode: "The Grand Opening"
1998 All Saints Janice McGregor Episode: "A Little Magic"
1999 Wildside Sheryl Cunningham Episode: "2.19"
2000 Grass Roots Evelyn Savage Episode: "The Whole Year"
2001 Water Rats Meredith Dillon Episode: "The Thin Edge"
2001 Pizza Jackie / Mum Stanko Episodes: "Politically Incorrect Pizza", "Girlfriend Pizza"
2001 BackBerner Beryl Todd Episode: "3.4"
2001-2003 Always Greener Isabelle Turnbull Regular role (50 episodes)
2002 BackBerner Various Episode: "1.134"
2003 Grass Roots Christina Episode: "Investigation"
2004 Home and Away Valerie Squires Recurring role (8 episodes), Season 17
2005 All Saints Margaret Episode: "Funny Games"
2005-2006 Headland Jessica Andrews Regular role (26 episodes)
2007 Joanne Lees: Murder in the Outback Helen Jones TV film
2009 East West 101 Janet Miller Episode: "Men of Conscience"
2009 Packed to the Rafters Bonnie Bright Episodes: "Having It All", "Look Into My Eyes", "Putting the House in Order"
2010 Cops L.A.C. Diane Pappas Main role (13 episodes)
2011 Blood Brothers Sue O'Farrell TV film
2011 Underbelly Alice Twiss Episode: "Jerusalem Revisited"
2012 Packed to the Rafters Bonnie Bright Episode: "Sign of the Times"
2012 Mrs Biggs Annie Pitcher Episodes: "1.3", "1.4"
2013 Cliffy Molly TV film
2013 Wonderland Episode: "The Exes"
2014 Schapelle Rosleigh Rose Telemovie


  1. ^ "At The Movies". abc.net.au. 3 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Film details". imdb.com. 15 March 2007.
  3. ^ "COPS L.A.C. cast complete". TV Tonight.com.au. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Federation Press". federationpress.com.au. 21 July 1995.
  5. ^ "IMDB-Correlli". imdb.com. 26 July 1997.

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