Rebecca Gibney

Rebecca Catherine Gibney (born 14 December 1964) is a New Zealand-born actress known for her roles on Australian television in The Flying Doctors, Halifax f.p., Packed to the Rafters, Winter and Wanted. She is a Gold Logie winner and has featured in a number of Australian films including Mental and The Dressmaker.

Rebecca Gibney
Rebecca Gibney, February 2013
Rebecca Catherine Gibney

(1964-12-14) 14 December 1964
Levin, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Years active1980present
Notable work
The Flying Doctors
All Together Now
Halifax f.p.
Packed to the Rafters
Spouse(s)Irwin Thomas (1992–1995)
Richard Bell (2001–present)


Gibney was born the youngest of six children, born in Levin, New Zealand and brought up in Wellington. She recounted that she was a "bit odd" as a child, stating "I was a bit like Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family. I walked around with this headless doll that I took everywhere."[1] Gibney moved to Australia at the age of 19 after graduating from high school.

Performance career

Gibney worked as a model, then appeared on television in the New Zealand kidult series Sea Urchins from 1980 to 1984. She broke into Australian television with the role of Julie Davis in the children's series Zoo Family in 1985. She went on to play mechanic Emma Plimpton in the popular drama series The Flying Doctors, and in 1990 starred in the mini-series Come In Spinner. In 1991 she starred in the Channel Nine sitcom All Together Now, leaving the series in 1993. After her departure, she starred in Snowy.

The title character of Dr. Jane Halifax in Halifax f.p. was created especially for her by the producers of her previous show Snowy. Halifax f.p. debuted in 1994 with the episode "Acts Of Betrayal", and continued with a further 20 telemovies leading up until 2002. The series was an immense success and cemented Gibney's status as a household name within Australia. She has also appeared in other mini-series, like Kangaroo Palace (1997), and in The Day of the Roses (in 1998).

In 2002 and 2003, Gibney had a role in Stingers, and from 2003 until 2006, she had a role in the telemovie trilogy Small Claims as Chrissy, co-starring with Claudia Karvan.

She appeared in the movie adaptation of Stephen King's novel Salem's Lot, released in 2004, and then followed up in 2006 with King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes TV mini-series.

In 2006, she played the role of Lydia, a hippie restaurant owner and operator in the Network Ten drama series Tripping Over. In 2007, she had a small role in the film Clubland, starring Brenda Blethyn, and directed by Cherie Nowlan. The film is known as Introducing the Dwights in the United States.

A series of Australian television adverts for Advil in 2006/07 have featured Gibney and her family. A new television advert with only Gibney appeared in October 2007.

Gibney was executive producer and also starred in New Zealand feature film The Map Reader as Amelia alongside Michael Hurst and played the mother of Michael, the map reader of the title. The film was released in 2008.[2]

She hosted a documentary series produced by Television New Zealand called Sensing Murder in which unsolved New Zealand murder or missing person cases are probed by psychic investigators from both New Zealand and Australia.

From August 2008 until its conclusion in 2013, Rebecca Gibney played the female lead of Julie Rafter on the Seven Network's Packed to the Rafters.[3][4] Her role in the show proved popular for Gibney, and she won the Gold Logie in 2009 for the show.[5]

In 2010, she played the lead role on Channel Ten's telemovie Wicked Love: The Maria Korp Story.

Rebecca starred in the 2012 movie Mental alongside Toni Collette.[6]

On 23 October 2013, the Seven Network announced that Gibney will star in and produce a new crime drama, The Killing Field, which was released in 2014. Gibney plays a detective tasked with solving the murder of a teenage girl in a small town.[7][8] Winter, a follow-up series to her 2014 tele-movie The Killing Field screened in 2015.[9]

Personal life

Gibney has been married twice, first to Irwin Thomas (former lead singer of Southern Sons, aka Jack Jones) in 1992, which ended in divorce. She married production designer Richard Bell in November 2001. They have a son born on 7 April 2004.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Among the Cinders Sally
1986 Mr. Wrong Clive's Secretary
1990 Jigsaw Virginia York
1994 Lucky Break Gloria Wrightman AKA, Paperback Romance
1997 Joey Penny McGregor
2006 Lost and Found Mac's Mum
2007 Clubland Lana AKA, Introducing the Dwights
2008 The Map Reader Amelia
2009 In Her Skin Gail
2011 Seek Mummy Short film
2012 Mental Shirley
2015 The Dressmaker Muriel Pratt


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Sea Urchins Karen TV film
1985 I Live with Me Dad Jill Harkness TV film
1985 Zoo Family Julie Davis Main role
1986 The Great Bookie Robbery Bonnie TV miniseries
1986–1991 The Flying Doctors Emma Plimpton Patterson Main role
1990 Come In Spinner Guinea Malone TV miniseries
1990 Acropolis Now Mrs. Spiro Strangulator "Cappuccino Catastrophe"
1991 Ring of Scorpio Judith TV film
1991–93 All Together Now Tracy Lawson Main role
1993 Snowy Lilian Anderson Main role
1994 Time Trax Dr. Maria Mills "The Cure"
1994–2002 2020 Halifax f.p. Jane Halifax Lead character
1995 G.P. Larissa Schuller "Still Life"
1997 Kangaroo Palace Heather Randall TV film
1998 The Silver Brumby Boon Boon (voice) "Getting Together"
1998 The Day of the Roses Margaret Warby TV miniseries
1998 13 Gantry Row Julie TV film
1999 Sabrina Down Under Hilary Hexton Television film
1999 The Lost World Lady Cassandra Yorkton "Cave of Fear"
1999 Die Millennium-Katastrophe - Computer-Crash 2000 Nicole TV film
2001 Finding Hope Hope Fox TV film
2001 Farscape Rinic Sarova "Thanks for Sharing"
2001 Ihaka: Blunt Instrument Kirsty Finn TV film
2002–03 Stingers Ingrid Burton Recurring role
2003 Sensing Murder: Easy Street Host TV film
2004 Small Claims Chrissy Hindmarsh TV film
2004 Salem's Lot Marjorie Glick TV miniseries
2005 Small Claims: White Wedding Chrissy Hindmarsh TV film
2006 Small Claims: The Reunion Chrissy Hindmarsh TV film
2006 Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King India Fornoy "The End of the Whole Mess"
2006 Tripping Over Lydia TV miniseries
2008–13 Packed to the Rafters Julie Rafter Lead character
2010 Wicked Love: The Maria Korp Story Maria Korp TV film
2014 The Killing Field Det. Serg. Eve Winter TV film Lead character
2015 Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door Marion Woolnough TV miniseries
2015 Winter Eve Winter Lead character
2016–present Wanted Lola Buckley Main role


Gibney has won, and has been nominated, for several television awards at the AFIs and the Logies on numerous occasions in her acting career.[5]

She won her first award in 1990, winning the AFI (Australian Film Institute) Award for Best Actress for her role in Come In Spinner. She also won a peer-nominated Most Outstanding Actress Logie award in 1991[5] for her role in the show. She was also nominated in the Most Popular Actress in a Telemovie or Mini-Series award for her role.

In 1992, she was nominated at the Logies for her role in the sitcom All Together Now in two categories: Most Popular Actress and Most Popular Light Entertainment / Comedy Female Performer.

Her role as the lead in Halifax f.p. had Gibney nominated for three different awards – Most Popular Actress at the Logies (in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001); Most Outstanding Actress at the Logies (in 1998, 1999 and 2000) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama at the AFI's (in 1998 and 2000).

Gibney's role in the telemovie Small Claims led her to another nomination at the 2005 Logies in the Most Outstanding Actress category.

A popular role for Gibney has been on Packed to the Rafters. Her role in this has led her to win the 2009 Gold Logie and the 2009 Most Popular Actress award.[5] She also been nominated at the Logies for the Gold Logie in 2010 and 2011, Most Popular Actress in 2010,[11] 2011,[12] and 2012, and Most Outstanding Actress in 2009. At the AFI Awards she was nominated in 2009, in the Best Lead Actress in a Drama award.[5]


  1. "The mother lode". Steve Dow. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  2. The Map Reader on IMDb
  3. "Packed to the Rafters concludes with happy endings all round", News Ltd, 2 July 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  4. "Julie Rafter". Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  5. "Rebecca Gibney wins Gold Logie". 3 May 2009. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  6. Davies, Rebecca (8 July 2011). "Rebecca Gibney lands "dream" movie role in 'Mental'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  7. "Channel 7 set for rock'n roll 2014 as INXS drama tops must-watch list ", News Ltd, 23 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  8. "What Channel 7 promises to help win ratings in 2014", The Age, 23 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  9. "Seven Upfront about 2015 TV Plans " Yahoo, 29 October 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014
  10. "Rebecca Gibney's mother lode". Stuff.
  11. Davies, Rebecca (3 May 2010)"In full: Logies 2010 - The Winners". Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  12. Davies, Rebecca (2 May 2011)"In full: Logies 2011 – The Winners". Retrieved 8 July 2011.
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