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Kerry Armstrong

Birth Date: January 3, 1958 / Age: 56
Birth Place: Sydney, Australia

Biography: Armstrong was born in Sydney on 3 January 1958 and had various stints on television in the 1970s including a role in the first episodes of Prisoner.

As was common among Australian actors of the time, Armstrong emigrated to the United States in 1981 to study at the Herbert Berghof acting school in New York City. Whilst there, she starred in Tom Stoppard's "Dalliance" and became part of the 'Actor's Gang' along with John Cusack and her boyfriend at the time, Tim Robbins. After working in the groups' plays - which she has stated were her favorite part of her time in America - Armstrong starred on Dynasty as Duchess Elena. She began recieving job offers - including a part on Saturday Night Live, and a three-picture deal, which she turned down.

In 1987, Armstrong's grandmother died and she returned to Australia, where she assumed that she would continue her rising career path. However, instead, she found less work in her native country than abroad. Around this time she met her third husband, Marc Gudgeon, with whom she had a son. They divorced a few years later.

In the early 1990s, Armstrong began acting in television series in Australia, including Ocean Girl, All Together Now and Halfway Across The Galaxy And Turn Left. However, after meeting builder Mark Croft and having twin boys with him, the lack of work - a problem that had been growing relatively common in the Australian industry - almost led her to quit acting.

This likely would have happened, had she not been offered a role in the cast of SeaChange in 1998, as Heather Jelly, the ever-devoted but long-suffering wife of corrupt local mayor Bob (John Howard). The role won her critical acclaim, mainstream attention and several awards.

When the series ended in 2000, Armstrong continued on with her theatre work and also led the cast of Lantana, the award winning Ray Lawrence film also starring Anthony LaPaglia, Barbara Hershey, Geoffrey Rush, Glenn Robbins and Vince Colosimo.

Not only did Armstrong win both the IF Award and the Australian Film Institute Award for this performance, but - the same year - she won another AFI, for final season of SeaChange, making her the first actress to win two AFI awards in one year.

In 2002 she joined the cast of medico-legal drama MDA on ABC alongside Jason Donovan and Shane Bourne. However, the low wages of the Australian television industry meant that working on one television show was not viable enough and so Armstrong left the series at the end of its second season. In the series her character, Dr. Ella Davis, left the firm that was the focus of the show.

Armstrong's most recent role was a small part in the low-budget film The Oyster Farmer.

Biography Credit: Wikipedia
 

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