Annie Jones (actress)

Annie Jones (born Annika Jancso 13 January 1967 in Adelaide) is an Australian actress, known for her roles as Jess Campbell in Sons and Daughters and as Jane Harris in the soap opera Neighbours. She has won two Logie Awards.

Annie Jones
Annika Jancso

(1967-01-13) 13 January 1967
Adelaide, South Australia
Years active1984–present
AwardsSilver Logie Award for Most Popular Actress on Australian Television


Jones' parents were Hungarian immigrants who met when in Adelaide, and married after her father found employment as an opal miner. She has three older sisters. The family spent many years in Coober Pedy.[1]


Working under the name Annie Jones, she undertook some modelling, and began acting aged 17 in the role of Chrissie in the film drama Run Chrissie Run!. She then appeared in television roles The Henderson Kids (1985), and Sons and Daughters (1986) as Jesse Campbell.[2]

Having auditioned for the role of Charlene Mitchell (which she lost to Kylie Minogue), at age 19,[3] she landed the role of Jane Harris in Neighbours (1986–89), for which she received a Logie Award for Most Popular Actress in 1989.[4] In 1990 she played an opal miner's daughter in an episode of The Flying Doctors. Jones played the title role in the drama Jackaroo (1990), which won her a second Logie Award for Most Popular Actress in a Telemovie or Mini-series in 1991.[5] She also starred as Eva Kovac in the historical mini-series Snowy (1993).

In comedy, she co-starred in the Australian sitcom Newlyweds (1993–94) and guest starred in The Adventures of Lano & Woodley (1997). In children's TV, she played the mother in Pig's Breakfast (1999) and appeared in the Mortified episode "Mother in the Nude" (2006).[6] Jones has also guest starred in many Australian series including Wentworth (2013), City Homicide (2007), Stingers (2003), Blue Heelers (1994, 2002), Marshall Law (2002), Good Guys, Bad Guys (1997) and Halifax f.p. (2006).[3]

In 2010, she was cast in the television movie Tell Them Lucifer Was Here, which tells of the biggest criminal investigation in the history of the state of Victoria.[7] She appeared in the 2014 Australian show Worst Year of My Life Again. In March 2015 she appeared in a documentary special, Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, celebrating the show's 30th anniversary.[8][9] In April 2018 she reprised the role of Jane Harris in Neighbours.


  1. "Annie Jones glad she put her mum before acting". Aged Care Crisis. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013.
  2. "Where Are They Now: Plain Jane Superbrain from Neighbours". Comedy Central. 11 August 2010. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  3. "Neighbours stars – where are they now?". Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  4. 1989 Logie Awards Archived 20 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine TV Week
  5. 1991 Logie Awards Archived 21 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine TV Week
  6. Annie Jones on IMDb
  7. "Nine begins production on Underbelly Files | The Spy Report". 21 June 2010. Archived from the original on 10 March 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  8. Knox, David (28 February 2015). "Airdate: Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  9. Kilkelly, Daniel (4 March 2015). "Neighbours 30th anniversary schedule confirmed by Channel 5". Digital Spy. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
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