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Rebecca Gibney

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Rebecca Gibney, February 2013
Born Rebecca Catherine Gibney
(1964-12-14) 14 December 1964 (age 52)
Levin, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980–present
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)

Rebecca Catherine Gibney (born 14 December 1964) is a New Zealand 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.


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[edit]

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.[according to whom?] 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 portrayed by Jordan Selwyn. 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[edit]

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, Zachary Edison Bell, born 7 April 2004.[1]



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 Map Reader, TheThe Map Reader Amelia
2009 In Her Skin Gail
2011 Seek Mummy Short film
2012 Mental Shirley
2015 Dressmaker, TheThe 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 Great Bookie Robbery, TheThe Great Bookie Robbery Bonnie TV miniseries
1986–1991 Flying Doctors, TheThe 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 Halifax f.p. Jane Halifax Lead character
1995 G.P. Larissa Schuller “Still Life”
1997 Kangaroo Palace Heather Randall TV film
1998 Silver Brumby, TheThe Silver Brumby Boon Boon (voice) “Getting Together”
1998 Day of the Roses, TheThe Day of the Roses Margaret Warby TV miniseries
1998 13 Gantry Row Julie TV film
1999 Sabrina Down Under Hilary Hexton Television film
1999 Lost World, TheThe 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 Killing Field, TheThe 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 Main role

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