Patti Newton

Patricia Anne Newton AM (née McGrath; born 4 February 1945) is an Australian singer, dancer, stage performer and radio and television presenter.

Patti Newton

Patti and Lauren Newton (2011)
Patricia Anne McGrath

(1945-02-04) 4 February 1945
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • singer
  • dancer
  • stage performer
  • radio and television personality
Bert Newton (m. 1974)
ChildrenMatthew Newton, Lauren Newton


Prior to her marriage, Newton worked under her birth name of "Patti McGrath", when she appeared on programs such as the Tarax Show and The Graham Kennedy Show. In 1967 she won the Logie Award for Most Popular Female in Victoria.[1] She has appeared in many stage shows, and has made television appearances on Good Morning Australia and the Logie Awards.

Patti Newton has been married to fellow Australian entertainer Bert Newton since 9 November 1974, and often appears with him. Bert Newton sometimes refers to her as "Patricia Anne Therese Bernadette McGrath Newton". She is the mother of Lauren and Matthew Newton.

Patti Newton is a regular on 3AW's Nightline program with Philip Brady and Simon Owens, Monday nights from 10.15 pm – 11.00 pm AEST.

In 2007 Newton was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars and Deal or No Deal.

Her first grandchild was born to daughter Lauren on 19 January 2008. her second grandchild was born in 2019

On 16 May 2008 Newton was robbed at Chadstone Shopping Centre, in suburban Melbourne while she was at a cafe. A bag containing a diary, cash and jewellery inherited from her mother was stolen.[2] Some of the items were recovered days later, and two people were later charged over the theft.[3]

In 2012 Patti Newton was one of the 12 celebrities to take part in Season 2 of The Celebrity Apprentice Australia. She was "fired" after Task 5 which involved the team she was part of (Team Fortune) taking part in a semi-nude publicity-stunt for the We Care charity. Patti effectively chose to leave when she requested to be the one who was fired.

Newton made a guest appearance in Neighbours as Valerie Grundy on 21 December 2018.[4]



Year Title Role
1957The Tarax Show (TV series)billed as Patti McGrath
1970Hans Christian Anderson (TV movie)The Shepherdess
1972The Graham Kennedy Show" (TV series)
1989Sugar and Spice (TV series)Freddo's Mother
2013The Wiggles: Go Santa Go! (video)Mrs. Claus
2018Neighbours (TV series)Valerie Grundy

Showbiz appearances

Year Title Role
1957Swallow's Juniors (TV series)herself as Patti McGrath
1966Bandstand (TV series)herself as singer (as Patti McGrath)
1969-1970In Melbourne Tonight (IMT)herself as Patti McGrath
1974Ted Hamilton's Musical World (TV series)herself
1974-5The Graham Kennedy Show (TV series)herself
1974-75The Ernie Sigley Show (TV series)herself
1975Celebrity Squares (TV series)herself as celebrity contestant
1981The James Pegler Show (TV series)herself as guest
1981Ford Superquiz (TV series)herself as host
2005Australia Unites: Reach Out to Asia (TV movie)herself
2004-2005Good Morning Australia (TV series)herself/performer
2006Postcards (TV series)herself as celebrity guest
2006Lou Dobbs Tonight (TV series)guest
200620 to 1 (TV series documentary)herself as commentary
2007The 2007 TV Week Logie Awards (TV special) herself
2006-2007Berts Family Feud (TV series)as celebrity model/audience membera
2007Deal or No Deal (TV series)herself
2007Dancing with the Stars (TV series)herself as celebrity contestant
2009Australia Unites: The Victorian Bushfire Appeal appears as herself
2010Spicks and Specks (TV series)celebrity contestant
2010Talkin' Bout Your Generation (TV series)guest
2012The Celebrity Apprentice Australia (TV series)herself team fortune


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