- Is the youngest of six children.
- Has never had an acting lesson.
- Used a voice coach help her change her New Zealand accent to an Australian one when she migrated in 1985.
- Worked as a model before landing the role of Julie Davis in the children's TV series Zoo Family.
- Breakout role was as Guinea Malone in TV miniseries Come in Spinner in 1990.
- The character of Dr Jane Halifax in Halifax f.p, which she played from 1994 to 2002, was created especially for her.
- Moved from her farm in Tasmania to live in Sydney for her role in TV drama Packed to the Rafters.
- Long-time ambassador for World Vision.