|Born||Michala Elizabeth Laurinda Banas
(1978-11-14) 14 November 1978
Wellington, New Zealand
Michala Elizabeth Laurinda Banas (/mɪˌkeɪlə ˈbænəs/; born 14 November 1978) is a New Zealand television actress and singer.
Life and career
Her debut film performance was when she was five years old, in the New Zealand film Dangerous Orphans. Her Australian debut television performance was as Louisa in the miniseries Mirror, Mirror in 1995.
In 2004, Banas joined the cast of McLeod’s Daughters as the character Kate Manfredi, the best friend of Jodi Fountain McLeod. She played Kate from episodes 88 to 170, when she took a short break to later return in episode 177. It was announced in 2007 that she would leave McLeod’s Daughters in its final season. Banas’ last episode was aired in early December 2008.
From 11 November 2008, Banas appeared in the role of Libby Kennedy on the Australian soap opera Neighbours for a five-week period after Kym Valentine was forced to take a temporary break due to illness.
In 2009, Banas filled in for Fox FM‘s Jo Stanley on The Matt and Jo Show while Stanley was on maternity leave. That same year saw her star in the Australian national tour of the Broadway musical, Avenue Q, playing the roles of “Kate Monster” and “Lucy the Slut”. Banas was one of three celebrity faces for Proactiv Solution in Australia and New Zealand.
Banas had a guest role as Tiffany Turner on the drama series Winners & Losers, and a supporting role on ABC3 teen drama Nowhere Boys as Phoebe. In 2013, Banas starred in the ABC comedy series Upper Middle Bogan as Amber Wheeler. The series has run for three seasons.
|2010||Colours of Home, TheThe Colours of Home||Karen||Short film|
|2016||Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows||Phoebe Hartley|
|1995||Mirror, Mirror||Louisa Iredale||20 episodes|
|1998||State Coroner||Zoe Martin||Episode: “Days of Reckoning”
Episode: “Days of Reckoning II”
|1999||Murder Call||Kylie McDonald||Episode: “Cut & Dried”|
|1999||Flipper||Karen||Episode: “Spring Break”|
|1999||Blue Heelers||Tara Bruckner||Episode: “Winning at All Costs”|
|2000||Blue Heelers||Michaela Brady||Episode: “Leg Work”|
|2000||Lost World, TheThe Lost World||Renata||Episode: “Unnatural Selection”|
|2000–01||Round the Twist||Ariel||11 episodes|
|2000–01||Something in the Air||Angela O’Connor||11 episodes|
|2001||Saddle Club, TheThe Saddle Club||Shoshonna Green||Episode: “Star Quality”|
|2001–03||Always Greener||Marissa Taylor||50 episodes|
|2004–08||McLeod’s Daughters||Kate Manfredi||119 episodes|
|2008||Mansion, TheThe Mansion||Megan McKean||Episode: “1.12”|
|2008||Neighbours||Libby Kennedy||23 episodes|
|2011–2016||Winners & Losers||Tiffany Turner||16 episodes|
|2012||Beaconsfield||Caroline Russell||Episode: “1.1”
|2013–present||Upper Middle Bogan||Amber Wheeler||Main role|
|2014||Have You Been Paying Attention?||Herself/Panelist||Season: “3”, Episode: “13”, “15” & “17”|
|2013–16||Nowhere Boys||Phoebe Hartley||Supporting role|
|2015||Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries||Enid||Season: “3”, Episode: “6”|
|2018||Hughesy, We Have a Problem||Guest Celebrity||1 episode|