Catherine McClements

Catherine McClements (born 1965, Melbourne) is an Australian actress.

Catherine McClements
Catherine McClements at the 2011 Logie Awards
Born1965 (age 5354)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Years active1986–present
Known forRachel Goldstein in Water Rats
Kerry Vincent in Rush
Christine Williams in Tangle
Spouse(s)Jacek Koman (c. 1990–present)

Early life

McClements attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), graduating in 1985, alongside Baz Luhrmann, Sonia Todd and Justin Monjo.[1][2][3] In 1988, McClements, along with a number of other people including Baz Luhrmann, set up an experimental theatre ensemble called 'Six Years Old', and they worked on expanding the play Strictly Ballroom, which was first produced in their second year of NIDA in 1984.[4]


In 1993 she had a role in The Girl from Tomorrow Part II: Tomorrow's End. McClements is best known for her starring role as Rachel Goldstein on the Australian police drama Water Rats from 1996 to 1999. She had a recurring guest role on The Secret Life of Us in 2001, for which she won the AFI Award for Best Actress in a Guest Role in a Television Drama. She later starred as Rosie in the 2003 drama series CrashBurn and appeared in the Network Ten telemovie Mary Bryant in 2005.

From 2008 she played Inspector/Superintendent Kerry Vincent, in the Australian police drama, Rush, and psychologist Christine Williams in the Showcase drama, Tangle. A second and third season of Tangle and Rush respectively were announced in 2009, and both aired in 2010.[5][6] Tangle and Rush have been commissioned for new seasons, both to start filming in mid-2011.[7][8] In 2010, McClements won an AFI award for her role in Tangle. She has also won ASTRA awards for her role in Tangle in 2011 and 2013.[9]

McClements is also an accomplished stage actress, who has appeared in stage productions for many theatre companies, including Belvoir St Theatre, the Melbourne Theatre Company, the Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare and the Malthouse Theatre. In 1987, McClements worked in Adelaide with the South Australia Theatre Company.

In 2011, McClements guest starred in a YouTube and Facebook only show called Queer as F**k, playing Mel – a friend of main character Aaron (Gary Abrahams).

In 2012, McClements was cast as Meg Jackson in Wentworth, a contemporary reimaginint of the Australian classic Prisoner. She was cast in a leading role for Season One of Wentworth, and her character did not appear beyond episode one. Also in 2013, McClements will return to the stage, in Sharr White's play The Other Place, for the Melbourne Theatre Company, and Phèdre for Bell Shakespeare.

Earlier in 2013, McClements was cast in new ABC telemovie The Broken Shore, alongside Don Hany, Dan Wyllie and Claudia Karvan. It will premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival in October 2013, and air on the ABC in early 2014.[10]

In September 2013, McClements was cast in the film The Menkoff Method, which will be directed by David Parker.[11]

In 2019 she starred in Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries as Birdie Birnside. [12]

Personal life

McClements' partner[13] is actor Jacek Koman who also guest starred in The Secret Life of Us as Dominic, though they were not on the show at the same time.[14] They met at the Anthill Theatre in Melbourne in the late 1980s, and have a daughter named Coco (born July 2001) and a son named Quincy (born May 2007). Her sister is Georgina McClements, a producer, who has credits in shows such as Summer Heights High and Real Stories. Her brother is Brendan McClements, who is the current CEO of Victorian Major Events Company.[15] McClements is good friends with fellow actress Claudia Karvan, whom she met at the AFI awards in 1990 and starred with in the film Redheads in 1992.[16]


Film Year Character Notes
Just Us (TV movie)1986Jessica TaylorBased on the book by Gabrielle Carey. Also stars Scott Burgess and Gina Riley.
My Brother Tom (TV mini series)1986Margaret 'Peggy' McGibbonBased on the book by James Aldridge. Also stars Gordon Jackson and Keith Michell. Filmed in 1985.
The Right Hand Man (film)1987Sarah RedbridgeBased on the book by K. M. Peyton. Also stars Rupert Everett and Hugo Weaving. Filmed in 1985.
Struck by Lightning (film)1990Jill McHughFilmed in Adelaide. Also stars Garry McDonald and Brian Vriends.
Weekend with Kate (film)1990Kate MuirFilmed in Palm Beach and Sydney. Also stars Colin Friels and Helen Mutkins.
Redheads (film)1992Diana FerraroAlso known as Desperate Prey, and stars Claudia Karvan.
The Girl from Tomorrow: Tomorrow's End (TV)1993LorienThe second in The Girl from Tomorrow series. Also stars Katharine Cullen and Marshall Napier.
G.P. (TV)1993Heather RyanGuest starred in one episode – Close Encounters.
Water Rats (TV)1996–1999Rachel Goldstein109 episodes; credited in two episodes in 2000. Also stars Colin Friels.
Waiting at the Royal (TV movie)2000Dinny WestonAlso stars Noni Hazlehurst and Josephine Byrnes.
Better Than Sex (film)2000SamAlso stars Susie Porter and David Wenham.
The Secret Life of Us (TV)2001–2002Carmen10 episodes as a special guest star. Won an AFI award for the episode Love Sucks.
After the Deluge (TV movie)2003Nikki KirbyAlso stars David Wenham and Hugo Weaving.
Floodhouse (film)2003Ava50 minute film. Also stars Robert Menzies and Victoria Thaine.
CrashBurn (TV)2003Rosie HarfieldFilmed in Melbourne in 2002. Also stars Aaron Blabey and Sacha Horler.
Mary Bryant (TV movie)2005MarleenOnly in the second part.
Call Me Mum (TV movie)2006KateMockumentary style film. Also stars Lynette Curran.
Sexy Thing (film)2006MumShort film – 15 minutes. Also stars Hanna Mangan-Lawrence.
Real Stories (TV)2006JillianGuest starred in one episode.
Fast Lane (film)2007LouiseShort film – 15 minutes.
Emerald Falls (TV movie)2008Rosalie BaileyFilmed in Sydney in 2007. Also stars Georgie Parker.
Rush (TV)2008–2011Kerry VincentAll 70 episodes. Also stars Rodger Corser and Callan Mulvey.
Tangle (TV)2009–2012Christine WilliamsFilmed in Melbourne and screens on Foxtel. Also stars Justine Clarke and Kat Stewart.
The Pacific (TV)2010Catherine LeckieGuest starred in one episode – "Home".
Wentworth (TV)2013Meg JacksonA new 10-part series for Foxtel. Appeared in Season 1, Episodes 1, 4, 7 and 10.
The Broken Shore (TV movie)2013–14Erica BurgouyneA new telemovie for the ABC, based on the book by Peter Temple.
The Menkoff Method (film)2014MajorieA quirky comedy directed by David Parker.
The Time of Our Lives (TV)2014DianaSecond series of the ABC drama.
The Beautiful Lie (TV)2015Tess du PontBased on the novel Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
Rake (TV)2016JulieFourth season of the ABC drama.
Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries (TV)2019Birdie Birnside


Name Year Notes
Doing Time (TV documentary)1999Narrated the 10-part series.
Good Morning Australia (TV)2000Guest, hosted by Bert Newton.
Good Morning Australia (TV)2002Guest, hosted by Bert Newton.
Rove Live (TV)2003Guest, hosted by Rove McManus.
The Fat (TV)2003Guest, hosted by Tony Squires.
Whale Patrol (TV documentary)2009Narrated.
The Circle2010Guest, hosted by Chrissie Swan and Gorgi Coghlan.
AFI Awards (TV)2010Presenter.
Things on Sunday: Sex. Malthouse Theatre2011Panel member.
Logie Awards (TV)2011Presenter.
IF Awards (TV)2011Presenter.
Astra Awards (TV)2013Presenter.
Sperm Donors Anonymous (TV documentary)2015Narrated.

Theatre work

Name Year Character Notes
Holiday Makers1984UnknownPerformed at NIDA, Sydney. Directed by Nick Enright.
All's Well That Ends Well1984UnknownPerformed at NIDA. Directed by Kevin Jackson.
Strictly Ballroom1984; 1986Barbara PiercePerformed at NIDA in 1984, and in Bratislava in 1986. Directed by Baz Luhrmann.
The Unseen Hand1985UnknownPart of the Hallucinogenics? 3 plays from the 60s event. Performed at NIDA. Directed by Ian Watson.
The Greeks1985IphigeniaTrilogy: The War, The Murders, The Gods. Performed at NIDA, and St Martin's Youth Arts Centre, Melbourne.
Dreamplay1985UnknownPerformed at NIDA. Directed by Jim Sharman.
Once in a Lifetime1985UnknownPerformed at NIDA. Directed by Gale Edwards.
And a Nightingale Sang1986JoycePerformed at the Sydney Opera House. Directed by Peter Kingston.
Much Ado About Nothing1987HeroPerformed at The Playhouse in Adelaide. Directed by Gale Edwards and John Gaden.
Shepherd on the Rocks1987SeveralPlayed Rhonda Moffat, News team member and Female whale saver. Performed at The Playhouse in Adelaide. Directed by Neil Armfield.
The Winter's Tale1987Perdita; ServantPerformed at The Playhouse in Adelaide. Directed by Gale Edwards and John Gaden.
Les Liaisons dangereuses1987UnknownPerformed at The Playhouse in Adelaide. Directed by John Gaden.
Away1987MegPerformed at The Playhouse in Adelaide. Directed by Aubrey Mellor.
Molière1988UnknownAlso known as The Cabal of Hypocrites. Performed at Key Studios, Melbourne. Directed by Jean-Pierre Mignon.
The Imaginary Invalid1989; 1990AngeliquePerformed at different locations in Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. Directed by Jean-Pierre Mignon.
Crystal Clear1990ThomasinaPerformed at Universal Theatre, Melbourne. Directed by Terrence O'Connell.
The Crucible1991Abigail WilliamsPerformed at the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre. Directed by Richard Wherrett.
Angels in America1993; 1994HarperPerformed at different locations in Melbourne and Adelaide. Directed by Neil Armfield.
Seeing Violet1994IsabelPerformed at Napier Street Theatre, Melbourne. Directed by Melanie Beddie.
No Family1994UnknownPerformed at Napier Street Theatre, Melbourne. Directed by Chris Corbett.
At Dusk1994LilyPerformed at Napier Street Theatre, Melbourne. Directed by Tom Considine.
The Blind Giant Is Dancing1995LouisePerformed at Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney. Directed by Neil Armfield.
Suddenly Last Summer2000CatharinePerformed at Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney. Directed by Neil Armfield.
Emma Celebrazione!2000Directed. Performed at Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne.
Macbeth2003Lady MacbethPerformed at Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney. Directed by Michael Kantor.
Cruel and Tender2005AmeliaPerformed at Fairfax Studio, Melbourne. Directed by Julian Meyrick.
It Just Stopped2006BethPerformed at Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne and Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney. Directed by Neil Armfield.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?2007MarthaPerformed at Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney. Directed by Benedict Andrews.
Appetite2008LouisePerformed at different locations in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. Directed by Kate Denborough.
Happy Ending2011LouisePart of the Cybec Readings at the Lawler Studio, Melbourne. Directed by Aidan Fennessy.
82012Sandy StierPerformed at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne and the Sydney Town Hall for one night each. Directed by Bruce Myles.
Never Did Me Any Harm2012TBAPerforming at Southbank Theatre at the Melbourne Festival. Directed by Kate Champion.
The Other Place2013Juliana SmithtonArts Centre Playhouse, Melbourne. Directed by Nadia Tass. Also stars David Roberts and Heidi Arena.
Phèdre2013PhèdreMerlyn Theatre, Melbourne; Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre, Sydney. Directed by Peter Evans. Also stars Marco Chiappi and Abby Earl.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit2013Unnamed characterBeckett Theatre, Melbourne. One night only.
The Events2016ClaireFor Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne; Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney and State Theatre Company of South Australia, Adelaide.
Antony and Cleopatra2018CleopatraFor Sydney Opera House, Sydney. Apart of the Bell Shakespeare company. Directed by Peter Evans.


Year Award Category Film/TV/Theatre Result
1990 AFI Best Actress in a Lead Role Weekend With Kate Won
1993 Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Redheads Won
1994 Green Room Award Best Female Actor in a Play Angels in America Nominated
1998 Logie Award Most Popular Actress Water Rats Nominated
Most Outstanding Actress Water Rats Won
People's Choice Award Favourite Actress in a Drama or Serial Water Rats Nominated
1999 AFI Best Actress in a Lead Role Water Rats (episode 4.17 I'm Home) Nominated
2000 Logie Award Most Outstanding Actress Water Rats Nominated
2001 AFI Best Actress in a guest role in a Television Series The Secret Life of Us Won
2007 AFI Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama Call Me Mum Nominated
2008 Helpmann Award Best Female Actor in a Play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nominated
2010 Astra Award Most Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor Tangle Nominated
AFI Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama Tangle Won
2011 Astra Award Most Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor Tangle Won
Logie Award Most Outstanding Actress Rush Nominated
2013 Logie Award Most Outstanding Actress Tangle Nominated
ASTRA Award Most Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor Tangle Won


  1. Alumni Archived 14 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine National Institute of Dramatic Art
  2. Morgan, Joyce (14 June 2003). "Good cop, bad cop". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  3. Bone, Pamela (15 May 1986). "Chiltern lives again – just for television". The Age. Google News Archive. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  4. Albert, Jane (2010). House of Hits: The great untold story of Australia's first family of music. Prahran,VIC: Hardie Grant Books.
  5. Second season for Tangle TV Tonight
  6. Rush wins third season on Ten TV Tonight
  7. Renewed: Tangle TV Tonight
  8. Renewed: Rush TV Tonight
  9. 2011 Winners Archived 22 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine Astra awards
  10. ABC announces top cast for The Broken Shore TV Tonight, 2 April 2013
  11. Cast is set for The Menkoff Method Inside Film
  13. Rose, Colin (8 June 2003). "Double Trouble". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  14. Boland, Michaela (25 September 2009). "Roll out the red carpet". The Australian.
  15. Cool Cat The Age, 31 October 2008

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