Rebecca Rigg

Rebecca Rigg (born 31 December 1967) is an Australian actress, best known for her roles in Fatty Finn and Ellie Parker.

Rebecca Rigg
Rigg in February 2013
Born (1967-12-31) 31 December 1967
Years active1977–present
Simon Baker (m. 1998)

Early life and career

Rebecca Rigg was born in Sydney, New South Wales.

Her Australian television appearances include the television series Rafferty's Rules (in which she appeared as the daughter of the Magistrate, Michael Rafferty); and the ABC television movies Joh's Jury, Come In Spinner, and Naked. As well as a starring role in the Australian comedy television series Willing and Abel (in which she appeared as "Angela Reddy"). As a young girl she was also in the Australian film Fortress, which was about the kidnapping of a teacher (played by Rachel Ward) and a small class of students. She also appeared in the television miniseries Emma: Queen of the South Seas. She has made guest appearances in other Australian television series, including The Flying Doctors, G.P., Blue Heelers and Winners – Quest beyond Time and was known for her role as the rebellious teenager "Gabe" in A Country Practice during the early 1980s.

Rigg also had a role as Nurse Amy as part of the Mr Bad storyline on hugely popular Australian soap E Street, playing the girlfriend of her real-life boyfriend (and future husband) Simon Baker.

In the United States, Rigg appeared in the series Michael Hayes, in which she had an ongoing role as United States Attorney Lindsay Straus and in L.A. Doctors as Kelly Newman. She also did small roles in movies such as Jerry Maguire.

After the birth of her youngest son, Rigg retired from acting to be at home with her children. She has then returned to acting to appear in the films Ellie Parker and Fair Game with Naomi Watts. She also guest starred alongside her husband in The Mentalist episode "A Dozen Red Roses".

Personal life

Rigg married Simon Baker in 1998 after five years together, and the couple have three children, Stella (b. 1993), Claude (b. 1998), and Harry (b. 2001). They have lived in Los Angeles since 1996, moved back to Sydney in 2005 but returned soon after to reside in the US.

Rigg is close friends with actresses Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman, who are also the godmothers of Stella and Harry, respectively.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Fatty Finn Tilly
1989 Flynn Penelope Watts In original cut of film but later replaced by Claudia Karvan in reshoots
1991 Hunting Debbie McCormick
1992 Spotswood Cheryl Ball AKA, The Efficiency Expert
1995 Tunnel Vision Helena Martinelli
1996 Jerry Maguire Former Girlfriend
2001 Ellie Parker Sam Short film
2005 Ellie Parker Sam Longer version of previous short film
2010 Fair Game Lisa


Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Restless Years Sandra Harper TV series
1982-1984 A Country Practice Gabe 28 episodes
1985 Winners Katrin Episode: "Quest Beyond Time"
1985 Fortress Narelle TV movie
1986 The Great Bookie Robbery TV miniseries
1987 Willing and Abel Angela Reddy TV series
1987 The Flying Doctors Trisha Farley Episode: "Every Day a Gift"
1988 Emma: Queen of the South Seas Phebe Coe Parkinson TV miniseries
1990 Family and Friends Pasquelina TV series
1990 Come In Spinner Shirley Noonan TV movie
1992-1993 E Street Amy Preston TV series
1993 Joh's Jury Madonna TV movie
1993 Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771 Ellen TV movie
1996 Naked: Stories of Men Olivia Episode: "Fisherman's Wake"
1997 The Guardian Tess TV movie
1997 The Sentinel Margaret Episode: "Blind Man's Bluff"
1997-1998 Michael Hayes Lindsay Straus 20 episodes
1998-1999 L.A. Doctors Kelly Newman 9 episodes
2006 BlackJack Lisa Lindon Episode: "At the Gates"
2009 The Mentalist Felicia Scott
Woman (uncredited)
Episode: "A Dozen Red Roses"
Episode: "Red Sauce"

Awards and nominations

  • 1981: Aged 13, Rebecca Rigg was nominated for an AFI award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the film Fatty Finn.
  • 1983: Aged 15 Rebecca Rigg was nominated for Most Popular New Talent at the Logie Awards in Australia.


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