A LIFE ON STAGE & SCREEN
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An icon of Australian screen, television and stage Sigrid Thornton has been a key player in an unusually diverse range of formats and genres, with the national press coining the phrase ‘The Sigrid Factor’.
In 2015/2016 she joined Anthony Warlow on stage in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF after her 2014 stage appearance as Blanche Du Bois in Black Swan’s production of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE broke all records for the company with an extended sell out season accompanied by rave reviews. Simon Philips production of THE BLUE ROOM also broke records for the MTC touring nationally to sell out dates across Australia and Sigrid has toured nationally co-starring with Oscar winner Brenda Blethyn in Alan Bennett’s
TALKING HEADS. Her stage performance as ‘Desiree’ in Sondheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, again with Anthony Warlow garnered rave reviews for Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne. Sigrid has been the recipient of many awards, award nominations, honours and medals for her work, including Best Actress for ICA’s Australian tour of THE BLUE ROOM.
Her stellar television career highlights include the Australian landmark series SEACHANGE (ABC TV), WENTWORTH (Foxtel), THE CODE (ABC) THE BOY IN THE BUSH (Channel 4 UK) opposite Kenneth Brannagh, and the BBC/ABC co-production THE FAR COUNTRY opposite Michael York. '1915' for BBC/ABC proved a hugely popular mini-series throughout China, Eastern and Western Europe (Sigrid was awarded top foreign personality in Sweden). She also became the first Australian actress to star in a US network series PARADISE and was awarded the highly prestigious Cowboy Hall of Fame award for Best Television Contribution to Western Heritage. Ratings winner LITTLE OBERON (Channel 9) and smash hit UNDERBELLY – THE GOLDEN MILE and her guest starring role in the cult hit interactive comedy, SEVEN DAYS LATER have continued to consolidate Sigrid’s unique position in the Australian film and television landscape. In 2015 she won rave reviews in her "mesmerising," "master class," "revelatory" portrayal of the world's first bona fide superstar, Judy Garland in the Joel Jackson-starring telemovie PETER ALLEN: NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR (Channel 7). In 2016 she will appear in ABC's THE CODE alongside Anthony LaPaglia and on the notorious Foxtel Soho series WENTWORTH.
In film, Sigrid’s credits include, George Miller's classic box office hit THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER (Fox Classics), THE LIGHTHORSEMEN (RKO) directed by Simon Wincer, SLATE WYN AND ME (Hemdale) and THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER 11 (Disney – Touchstone) and more recently Michael Rymer’s highly acclaimed FACE TO FACE and Tara Karsian & Andrea Grano's BFF's THE MOVIE.
Sigrid has presented as MC for luminaries including Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, and for the Centenary of Federation joint sittings of the Australian Parliament. In 2003, Sigrid was included in the top 100 Australian Entertainers of the Century by the Variety Club. She has worked extensively behind the camera, and on behalf of the Australian film and television industry, the arts and various charities. She was a founding Board Director of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, served several terms as a Director of the Australian Film Institute (AFI) and Film Victoria, was patron of Women in Film and Television, and currently serves as a Board Director of Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre and in 2016, NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts).
In 1995, she was appointed to the Federal Government’s Commercial Television Production Fund and in 1999 was Chair of the Victorian Film & Television Taskforce, whose recommendations revitalised the Victorian film and television industry. Sigrid also continues extensive work with charities including World Vision, Reach Foundation and Vision Australia.
13 JULY 2018
ANH DO'S BRUSH WITH FAME : SIGRID IN THE CHAIR THIS SEPTEMBER 12
Fans will be thrilled to hear Sigrid has taken the famous yellow seat on the art series Anh Do's Brush With Fame on ABC.
Series 3 premieres on ABC and ABC iview next Wednesday night at 8pm.
This series features a stellar line up of guests: Terri Irwin, Gill Hicks, Adam Goodes, Carrie Bickmore, Dr Munjed Al Muderis, John Williamson, Lauren Jackson, Dr Karl and Sigrid Thornton.
For those not familiar with the show, painter, humorist and media personality Anh Do combines his passion for painting with his love of conversation, hearing all about his guest's history while capturing them on canvas as the camera rolls. Viewers get to watch as the portrait sitting unravels, witnessing Anh's casual interrogation of his chosen subjects. Each episode features "the big reveal" in which he spins the canvas toward the camera, presenting the finished art work. A must see show, Anh Do's Brush With Fame is like no other television series Australia has seen.
Sigrid’s episode goes to air on September 12.
#AnhsBrushWithFame ABC TV ABC iview
1 JULY 2018
WENTWORTH SWEEPS THE LOGIES
GRITTY prison drama Wentworth was the real MVP at the 2018 Logie awards, as the cult pay TV hit took home some major gongs.
Aside from streaming service Stan, Foxtel was the only non free to air station up for awards, with its cult-favourite Wentworth taking out Most Popular Drama Series, Most Outstanding Drama Series and Most Oustanding Actress and the co-produced Gogglebox winning Most Popular Entertainment Program.
“I think Foxtel is creating some of the finest drama we have in this country and they’re setting a gold standard for Australian drama. We are the proud recipients of the gold dust of their work and their development and belief in Australian stories.
This [award] is a surprise to us all but perhaps there’s been this trickledown effect. A ripple effect that takes some years to take hold and that’s what happened with Wentworth here tonight.”
- Sigrid Thornton
3 MAY 2017
NFSA RELEASE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER ARCHIVAL PAGE IN CURATED COLLECTION ONLINE
The National Film and Sound Archive is Australia's 'living' archive – the custodian of over 2.8 million items that we not only collect, but preserve for future generations and share in many diverse ways.
The Man From Snowy River has been added to the archive for viewer's enjoyment. Keep an eye out for delightful archival interviews with cast members including Sigrid Thornton and Jack Thompson.
31 MARCH 2018
SIGRID JOINS INDUSTRY LEADERS IN OPEN LETTER TO ADDRESS AUSTRALIAN CONTENT QUOTA
"Australian screen content quotas are vital to protect and project our uniqueness through our stories. They are currently under threat"
- Sigrid Thornton
7 MARCH 2018
SIGRID STANDS IN SOLIDARITY & SALUTES MOTHER FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY (MARCH 8 2018)
‘In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018 I salute my mother Merle, an early second wave feminist activist. A great deal has changed since then, but still a long way to go towards equality of opportunity for all.’ - Sigrid Thornton
#IWD2018 #PressforProgress #equality #activism #australia #feminism
Share the short video on Merle Thornton's achievements:
16 DECEMBER 2017
NEWS: CAMPAIGNERS PROTEST TO SAVE THE QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET
Celebrity power joined with stallholders to voice their outrage over the planned $250 million redevelopment of the heritage-listed Queen Victoria Market. Actors, singers and comedians swapped the stage for the back of a truck to speak out against the looming revamp of the 7ha site. Australian acting veterans Sigrid Thornton and Michael Caton spoke out at the rally. Thornton said shoppers wanted authentic open-air markets to buy fresh food.
10 NOVEMBER 2017
BFF'S RELEASED ON FLIX PREMIERE
Two friends, one lie, five couples and the three days that could change everything.
BFF’s is a “simmering comedy” made by filmmakers Andrea Grano and Tara Karsian. Sigrid Thornton features in the flick as the earnest hostess of an American couple's retreat. BFFs has done great things on the festival circuit. It's now enjoying a release on Flix Premiere. Depending on what region you're in, you may catch it free for a month.
Enjoy this video message from Sigrid (above.)
#BFFstheMovie Flix Premiere
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* JOIN THE FACEBOOK PAGE: www.facebook.com/HeadsWeDo
* ADD THEM ON TWITTER: https://twitter.com/bffsthemovie
* FLIX PREMIERE ON TWITTER: https://twitter.com/FlixPremiere
12 SEPTEMBER 2017
SIGRID SPEAKS AT ASTRA WOMEN IN TELEVISION BREAKFAST
ASTRA manages a number of annual programs to advance the participation of women in the subscription television sector. They operate these programs to address the under-representation of women in senior industry roles. Sigrid took part in this year's Astra's Women In Television Breakfast along with Ticky Fullerton (Sky News Business) and Siobhan McKenna (News Corp), offering insight into the challenges she's faced over decades in the industry.
Pictured: The host of the breakfast Ticky Fullerton, Anchor Sky News Business and fellow-panelist Siobhan McKenna, Broadcasting Executive News Corp Australia with Sigrid Thornton. @skynewsaustralia @tickyfullerton #siobhanmckenna @WiMAus
15 JUNE 2017
SIGRID LIVE ON FACEBOOK FOR WENTWORTH'S "INTERROGATION ROOM"
Sigrid at her candid best here in "LIVE from The Interrogation Room' for Foxtel's cult series 'Wentworth'. Sigrid undertakes live questioning about her experience on the show as Sonia Stevens. If you missed the Facebook Live cast in May, the full interview has been published here via Youtube.
For those on Instagram, Sigrid now has an insta account: @sigrid_thornton_official
Her management wishes to thank fans for submitting their favourite pics. You'II know when Sigrid makes the occasional direct post to say hi to the page's followers, which she'II make clear with a caption.
After the resounding success of her first Facebook live video in May for Wentworth, we welcome her gradual entrance into the heady world of social media!
19 MAY 2017
KERRIE O'BRIEN INTERVIEW FOR SYDNEY MORNING HERALD "SIGRID THORNTON ON THE ART OF REINVENTION"
Things have come full circle for Sigrid Thornton. Appearing in Wentworth, a contemporary take on life for women behind bars, takes her back some 35 years to her work on Prisoner. It was her longest stint on a television series and she learnt much from older actors such as Sheila Florance and Maggie Kirkpatrick.
"It's very unusual to see an all-women ensemble, in the same way that it was groundbreaking back in the day under the Prisoner mantle."
Wentworth has gained a cult following worldwide. As wonderful as it is, Thornton points out "it's a little bit unfortunate that we're still saying it's ground-breaking. Nevertheless we have it and aren't we lucky to be able to explore such a thing."
25 APRIL 2017
SIGRID URGES PUBLIC TO JOIN THE RALLY TO SAVE MELBOURNE'S QUEEN VIC MARKET
FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE QVM FACEBOOK PAGE:
"To all Vic Market supporters,
I want to encourage you to attend the crucial rally at Queen Victoria Market at 11.30am on Friday. Shopping at the market a couple of times a week for the past 35 years has become a very meaningful part of my life. My market produce is shared at my kitchen table everyday with family and friends.
This marvellous public asset appears to have become a bargaining chip in a large property development deal brokered by the MCC and the Victorian State Government. Your fresh food market is in extreme danger. Under the guise of “renewal” is it about to be stolen with diversity diminished, stallholders sidelined and prices set to skyrocket?
How did improved facilities, extra parking and open space for the market become a skyscraper property deal?
We have been here before and unfortunately, we must fight again to save the people’s market. To Melburnians, Victorians and visitors the market is a diverse melting pot, full of activity, offering high quality goods at competitive prices. Many marketgoers have rejected what appears to be an ongoing council campaign to run down the market facility followed by a cynical plan to “save it”.
For property developers, is the market site a once only opportunity in partnership with the City of Melbourne to leverage a publically owned asset into a windfall property transaction benefiting the private sector at taxpayers’ expense? This proposal appears to ignore a process of due diligence underpinned by a transparent business case.
Do we accept the spin claiming this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will never return? Are we fast tracking a land grab, without process, that must be accepted because it creates jobs?
Is the City of Melbourne’s plan to incrementally change Melbourne’s fresh produce market into a curated outdoor dining and entertainment zone, spelling the end of high quality and low prices for fresh produce shoppers? Will the plan undermine the fabric and value of a key community asset? As a rate payer, I want my council to improve our existing public assets with proper process, transparency and in a financially responsible manner. Is an East West style poison pill arrangement, providing developers substantial compensation should the project not proceed, prudent from a ratepayers perspective?
The people of Melbourne and Victoria own the market. Are we seriously going to mortgage it for a plan that is apparently wholly dependent on a property deal? The state government and the MCC both need to put the people first and promote a process that is transparent with public assets – particularly where building developers are concerned.
Write, Call and contact state and local representatives and tell them like Peter Finch’s Network anchor, “We’re mad as hell and we aren’t going to take it anymore!”
23 APRIL 2017
SIGRID & KATRINA MILOSEVIC INTERVIEWED ON RED CARPET AT LOGIES FOR WENTWORTH
"For me [The Logies] is about catching up with old friends whom I don't see from one year to the next. That's always a big treat. It's a celebration of the industry that we can actually can actually share and relax together in."
- Sigrid Thornton
7 APRIL 2017
WENTWORTH & THE CODE RECEIVE LOGIE NOMINATIONS
Two television programs, in which Sigrid is a cast member have been nominated for the 59th Annual TV Week Logie Awards.
Both The Code (ABC) & Wentworth (Foxtel) received nominations for Most Outstanding Drama Series alongside Rake, Cleverman and A Place To Call Home. Wentworth also picked up a nom for Best Drama Program.
Congratulating the team behind Wentworth, Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said, “These nominations from across the platform have been earned by the talented creative team we have at Foxtel, as well as the quality actors, actresses and presenters we’ve been fortunate enough to work with in producing these television programs.... It makes me very proud of our local content, and cements the resonance our shows have amongst our viewers and their ever-growing fan bases.”
THE 59TH ANNUAL TV WEEK LOGIE AWARDS ARE ANNOUNCED 23 APRIL, 2017 in MELBOURNE.
For a full list of all nominees for the 59th TV WEEK Logie Awards visit www.tvweeklogieawards.com.au
29 MARCH 2017
SIGRID INTERVIEWED IN 'DAVID STRATTON : A CINEMATIC LIFE' DOCUMENTARY
Sigrid joins Hugo Weaving, Nicole Kidman, George Miller, Gillian Armstrong and Geoffrey Rush who pay tribute to the Australian cinephile and critic in a new documentary out in March, David Stratton: A Cinematic Life.
“In some sort of weird way, David is representative of what film can do for a population because he’s come to understand his adopted culture through film. It’s a beautiful thing.’’ - SIGRID THORNTON
Directed by Sally Aitken, the documentary tracks Stratton’s love of films from his first cinema experience as a boy living in Melksham, England, to his time running the Sydney film festival and cohosting The Movie Show and At the Movies with Margaret Pomeranz.
11 NOVEMBER 2016
SIGRID JOINS NIDA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Actress Sigrid Thornton and the newly appointed artistic director of Sydney Theatre Company, Kip Williams, have joined the NIDA board of directors.
Incoming CEO Kate Cherry said "Sigrid’s experience, not just as an actor and director, but as a passionate advocate and tireless campaigner for the Australian arts, will be invaluable. It’s perfect timing to welcome Kip and Sigrid in a period of dynamic change at NIDA. It is exceptional people, collaborating, that will cement NIDA as a genuine world leader in creative innovation and education in the dramatic arts.”
“NIDA is one of Australia's most valuable incubators for the dramatic arts – a catalyst for the enrichment of our creative culture. I look forward to contributing to the positive framework that helps NIDA students to reach their highest potential.” - Sigrid Thornton
8 SEPTEMBER 2016
OFFICIAL @SIGRIDTHORNTON SOCIAL PAGES LAUNCHED
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5 SEPTEMBER 2016
SIGRID WORKING WITH AWG BOARD ON SHANE BRENNAN'S SCRIPTED INK INITIATIVE
Shane Brennan, the NCIS showrunner has made one of the largest philanthropic contributions to Australian screenwriting. Scripted Ink is a non-profit organisation with board members including writers Jan Sardi, Tim Pye, Katherine Thomson, actress Sigrid Thornton, Australian Writers Guild exec director Jacqueline Elaine and former Foxtel / News Corp CEO Kim Williams.
Scripted Ink. is an innovative, not for profit organisation that aims to shape, build and invest in the Australian screen industry by creating new ways for script development.
Incubating and accelerating quality Australian writers and their screenplays through direct development funding; showcasing them to production companies, broadcasters and investors and assisting in brokering commercially and creatively successful partnerships.
28 AUGUST 2016
SIGRID FEATURES IN STELLAR FASHION EDITORIAL
Styled in urban nautical pieces from Scanlan Theodore, Calvin Klein, Gianvito Rossi and Sandro Paris, Sigrid was photographed by Cameron Grayson for publication in the nationally distributed Stellar Magazine last Sunday.
Giving a rare interview, she spoke of the changing winds in Australian film and television and her access to roles previously perceived as masculine in an increasingly diverse cultural landscape.
“The wheels for more representation of women across the board are turning slowly, but they are turning in the right direction and that’s very encouraging,” she says. “It opens up the world of film, TV and theatre in all sorts of ways,which is going to be very exciting.”
Feature Editorial as seen in The Daily Telegraph / Herald Sun (C)
Photography by Cameron Grayson
21 AUGUST 2016
QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET : ACTOR SIGRID THORNTON JOINS CHORUS OPPOSING REDEVELOPMENT
Compelled to speak out, defending the organic qualities of the market, Sigrid Thornton is among a growing chorus of shoppers and traders concerned that the revamp will see the market sanitised into something closer to a supermarket.
"The Queen Victoria Market is the jewel, I think, in the crown because it is very original market, in the way that it still operates like it has since its inception," Thornton said.
"We don't want to outprice the diverse range of shoppers that shop there at the moment. We don't need refrigeration underground so we can cool store the produce and make it more like supermarket produce."
Thornton said the market was in need of subsidised parking, some weather protection for traders and better publicity, but not "another David Jones food hall"
- THE MELBOURNE AGE
Sigrid has written an Op.Ed on the topic.
7 JUNE 2016
MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A MINI-SERIES/TELEMOVIE GOES TO PETER ALLEN: NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR AT 6TH ANNUAL EQUITY ENSEMBLE AWARDS.
Three Australian television casts have been selected from an impressive group of nominees to win the 6th Annual Equity Ensemble Awards. It was the performances in the second series of ABC comedy Utopia, SBS drama The Principal and Seven miniseries Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door that most impressed Australian actors.
Established by the Equity Foundation in 2011, these peer-voted awards honour outstanding performances by television ensembles in Australian comedy, drama and miniseries programs that aired in the last 12 months.
There were 27 Australian ensemble television casts eligible across the three categories.
Equity President Chloe Dallimore says: “When surrounded by a team of passionate, talented hard working fellow performers we create our best work. This is certainly the case for our winning ensemble casts. The voting was extremely close and the casts of Utopia, Peter Allen and The Principal should feel very honoured that their work was chosen as the best of the best by those who know exactly what it takes to create an outstanding performance. ”
The Equity Ensemble Awards are the only performer-voted awards in Australia. Last year’s recipients were Rake, The Moody’s and ANZAC Girls.
Winners will be honoured with Dinosaur Design trophies at an awards ceremony in Melbourne in June.
15 APRIL 2016
ANTHONY WARLOW & SIGRID JOINED ITA BUTTROSE, JOE HILDEBRAND & SARAH HARRIS ON STUDIO TEN
Anthony and Sigrid have a casual chat with the team from Channel 10's "Studio Ten" in which Anthony reflects on his time in America and names Fiddler on the Roof as his favourite role to date. Its Buttrose and Sarah Harris sing the theatre show's praises while Joe Hildebrand reveals a crush he had on Sigrid many years ago when she starred in Man From Snowy River and All The Rivers Run.
5 APRIL 2016
SIGRID TALKS FIDDLER ON THE ROOF'S RUN IN SYDNEY ON 7'S MORNING SHOW WITH LARRY EMDUR & KYLIE GILLIES
A lovely interview this morning, in which Sigrid reflects on her illustrious career and her maiden experiences in live musical theatre alongside Anthony Warlow.
Larry, Kylie and Sigrid also discuss her experience playing Judy Garland in the Peter Allen telemovie, in which her performance was critically acclaimed, earning her an ACCTA award earlier this year. The scope of ever-changing roles she is continually offered is also discussed in a career she modestly describes as a "fortunate" one.
19 MARCH 2016
SIGRID THORNTON, ACTOR, ANSWERS 10 QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN 'LIFE' SUPPLEMENT
Merle, your mum, chained herself to the public bar in Brisbane’s Regatta Hotel in 1965 to protest that women weren’t allowed there. What attitudes did you inherit?
My views on equality for women were clearly shaped early by my mother. Fortunately for me I was able to choose a career – it might not have been so a few generations before me when women weren’t allowed to work.
23 FEBRUARY 2016
SIGRID INTERVIEWED BY MICHAEL POPE ON PODCAST, "AN AUDIENCE WITH THE POPE"
After 30 years in the entertainment industry, Michael Pope has had the privilege of working with many of Australia's most familiar faces. He now revisits those relationships, and spends 15 minutes in continuous conversation as a free audio podcast with many of them. In an interview with Sigrid, they discuss:
12 FEBRUARY 2016
SIGRID INTERVIEWED ON ABC'S ONE PLUS ONE WITH JANE HUTCHEON
One Plus One is ABC TV's weekly long-form interview show. Host Jane Hutcheon sits down with personalities and storytellers from Australia and around the world, to talk about their work, life and what makes them tick. This week, it's Sigrid Thornton.
"I love my work. I really would like to do it until I drop off the perch actually," she said. And her love and excitement for her latest project, playing Golde in the stage production of Fiddler on the Roof, certainly shows. "Musical theatre really makes my heart sing — I don't want to be too corny, but I have never had a more joyful experience than working with an orchestra," Thornton said.
"All of those elements coming together, the singing the choreography, the performance work, plus the orchestra and the conductor, and actually having to kind of keep your head around that music and music cues is a skill that I was just so grateful to start to learn, and I'll continue to learn."
- ABC One Plus One
The Melbourne run of Fiddler on the Roof closes soon. Tickets selling now for the Sydney shows.
WATCH FULL INTERVIEW ON ABC :
SIGRID THORNTON ON ACTING AND HER FAMILY'S BRUSH WITH THE LAW
From the One Plus One interview. Story by Johanna McDiarmid
19 JANUARY 2016
SIGRID AND ANTHONY ON ABC 774'S CONVERSATION HOUR WITH JON FAINE
On The Conversation Hour, Jon Faine's co-host today was actor, author, singer, and civil celebrant, Jane Clifton. Their guests - Anthony Warlow and Sigrid Thornton, who star in Fiddler On The Roof.
Fiddler On The Roof.
Princess Theatre Melbourne until 27th February, 2016
In Sydney -from March 24 2016
Interview starts at 11 minutes: 15 seconds :
9 DECEMBER 2015
AACTA CONGRATULATES SIGRID THORNTON ON HER FIRST AFI / AACTA AWARD AFTER FIVE NOMINATIONS.
Honoured for her critically acclaimed role of Judy Garland in Peter Allen, Not The Boy Next Door, Sigrid Thornton cradles her first AACTA/AFI award at the 2015 ceremony in which cast mates, Joel Jackson and Ky Baldwin also accepted nods. Sigrid accepted the award in honour of her late father who was a life long Garland fan.
From @Channel7 : "What a class act #SigridThornton #AACTAs #PeterAllen."
6 DECEMBER 2015
SIGRID INTERVIEWED AT HOME BY KARL QUINN FOR 'DAILY LIFE'
'THERE IS NO ENDGAME.' : SIGRID THORNTON ON A LIFE EMBRACING CHANGE.
"I've had tremendous breakthroughs in my life and my work through these acting classes," she says. "Sometimes they can be [like] crash courses in psychotherapy." What she might need to break through on she doesn't say – Thornton is open, but only to a point – but she says she's at her happiest "when you're in the zone as an actor, completely and utterly in the moment, where there is no past, no future, only a present".
5 NOVEMBER 2015
SIGRID TO BE WATCHED IN 87 COUNTRIES ON FOXTEL'S WENTWORTH (SPECIAL APPEARANCE)
In news just announced, Sigrid Thornton is currently filming a role in Foxtel Soho's "reimagining of classic Aussie series Prisoner," Wentworth.
Making a special appearance, she will guest star as inmate, cosmetics business owner and socialite Sonia Stevens.. While keeping tight-lipped about her character’s storyline, she admitted she was “confronted with the intensity of the show and it’s also quite violent at times.”
Embracing her return to TV, she said it was vibrant time for women in the industry:
“We are following a global trend that does seem to be introducing a lot more strong female characters into the mix with television... It's a bit of a no-brainer for an actress to come into a show like this full of a cast whom I admire so much and who are doing some of the boldest work on television," Sigrid Thornton
“Sigrid was always on the top of our casting wish list – adored and admired by audiences for the strong women she has chosen to portray. From the second Sonia Stevens steps from the brawler, there is an unsettling sense all is not as it may seem. I am sure audiences will relish watching Sonia’s long game play out across season four.” Fremantle Media Australia Director of Drama Jo Porter
“Wentworth’s fourth season continues the series’ finely-honed evolution as a world class contemporary drama which proudly forges its own path, while fearlessly daring to reimagine characters and elements of the iconic Prisoner series. Having Sigrid Thornton sign on to return behind the walls of Wentworth is a casting dream and a wonderful acknowledgement of the work the writing team has put into the creation of Sonia Stevens and our plans for her and all our characters.”
Foxtel Head of Drama Penny Win
29 OCTOBER 2015
AACTA AWARD NOMINATION FOR GARLAND ROLE
"Sigrid Thornton’s portrayal of Judy Garland in PETER ALLEN – NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR Episode 1 (Seven Network) captivated fans and jurors alike, earning Thornton her fourth AFI or AACTA Award nomination in a career spanning more than three decades, competing for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama." - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Catch the Ceremony primetime on Channel 7, Wednesday 9 December, with an encore on Foxtel Movies Masterpiece channel on Friday 11 December at 10.15pm.
For a full list of all nominees, see the official website.
13 SEPTEMBER 2015
A STAR IS REBORN: SIGRID AS GARLAND ON 7'S PETER ALLEN TELEMOVIE (NOW CONCLUDED)
MORE INTERVIEWS : Sigrid on Garland
6 SEPTEMBER 2015
AN UNRESTRAINED INTERPRETATION : SIGRID THORNTON INTERVIEWED ON GARLAND ROLE
"She was utterly unrestrained. She wore her heart on her sleeve, Judy. On the other hand she was an inveterate liar. She was a raconteur. She would tell fantastic stories in order to make people happy."
An indepth interview with Sigrid Thornton is available in her press gallery and on Sydney Morning Herald online.
SMH's Nick Galvin introduces the Peter Allen series before the premiere this Sunday. Read online.
PETER ALLEN : NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR screens on Channel 7 from September 13. 8:40pm in a two part series.
25 AUGUST 2015
SHOOTING WRAPS ON THE CODE
Sigrid Thornton joins Anthony LaPaglia in ABC's The Code. Shooting Wraps :
AUGUST 13 2015
CHANNEL SEVEN RUSHES PETER ALLEN TELEMOVIE TO SCREEN - AIRS SEPT 13 8:40.
“Now, in 2015, I think we're perhaps better placed than ever to be able to tell Peter Allen's story with the honesty it deserves. And for me personally, as a lifelong Garland fan, I feel privileged to be bringing her to life with this marvellous team, to a whole new audience.”
- Sigrid Thornton- February 2015
AUGUST 10 2015
"LIKE A FINE WINE..." (NEW IMAGES ADDED TO GALLERY)
A newly released set of beautifully shot portraits of Sigrid have been added to the image gallery. Preview above.
(Photography by Jennifer Stenglein. All Rights Reserved. (c) 2015)
JUNE 21 2015
"LIVING LEGENDS OF TELEVISION" RELEASED IN SUNDAY PAPERS.
Sigrid is featured in "Living Legends of Television" - a 24 page lift out syndicated across Australian newspapers. Available in print 21st June only. Also catch a play back of her interview on Channel 9's 'Weekend Today' alongside Kat Stewart & Peter Phelps.
SIGRID SPEAKS AT SOLD OUT NGV GIRL POWER SEMINAR
On May 20, Sigrid spoke to a sold at audience as part of The NGV Women’s Association seminar series: GIRL POWER: A Celebration of Outstanding Women in the Arts. The Association runs many events throughout the year including a film night, arts seminar and studio visits and art-related events. NGV Women’s Association Annual Seminar Speakers include Jeanne Pratt ( AC Philanthropist and Founder and Chairman of the Production Company) Louise Hearman (Artist), Kerstin Thompson (Architect), Mae Anna Pang (Senior Curator of Asian Art, National Gallery of Victoria), Sophie Gannon (Director, Sophie Gannon Gallery), Mary Featherston (Designer.). Funds raised will support NGV acquisitions.
SHORT SCREENED AT ANZAC COMMEMORATION
A short film starring Jack Thompson, Sigrid Thornton and Gary Sweet, THE TELEGRAM MAN has been screened in more than 100 different film festivals and special events around the world. The film was part of the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) Commemoration Concerts across Australia during 2015, and once again very privileged to receive an invitation to screen at the 2015 Centenary ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day Commemoration in Gallipoli, Turkey, following its successful screening to a crowd of over 16,000 people just prior to the Dawn Service at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Commemorations.
Sigrid was honoured to be part of this prestigious project and the telling of such an important story.
THE TELEGRAM MAN is available on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video, For more see the official website:
Welcome to Sigrid Thornton's official website where you'II be the first to hear special announcements of Siggy's public appearances, coveted new roles and additions to her video and press gallery.
LATEST ROLES & REVIEWS
3 OCTOBER 2017
HIGHLIGHTS : SIGRID THORNTON AS SONIA STEVENS ON FOXTEL'S WENTWORTH
As we await news on the next season of Wentworth, here's a fan made edit of some of the chilling performances Sigrid has given thus far.
8 SEPTEMBER 2016
ABC BREAKFAST INTERVIEW - THE CODE
"A woman in a man's world who's fought her way up the male-dominated ladder."
Sigrid Thornton talks about her character - cyber-security expert Lara Dixon - in the new season of The Code.
See the interview on
30 AUGUST 2016
THORNTON JOINS LAPAGLIA ON ABC'S THE CODE
Sigrid Thornton's much anticipated role opposite Anthony LaPaglia in ABC's The Code kickstarts this Thursday September 1.
"Enter Sigrid Thornton as a sassy tech guru working with the government..."
"Compelling..." "A wonderful moral ambiguity and political complexity that confounds the easy pigeonholes of hero and villain, right and wrong."
"Thornton is terrifically sinister, looming over the shoulder of poor Jesse Banks (Ashley Zukerman) as she manipulates him into serving her dubious agenda; and again the cinematography helps us see her in a whole new light (just as it does with the landscape), turning the fine bones and wide mouth that are generally so appealing into something quietly dangerous.
What’s more, that sense of menace is by no means dissipated by the fact that someone who appears to be a genuine good guy, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, is one of her best mates. Indeed, with several of the key guest roles this year – including Anthony LaPaglia as Jan Roth – we’re constantly kept guessing, and Thornton’s Lara Dixon is a compelling blend of charm and cunning."
- The Herald Sun
The Code is back from Thursday 1 September 2016 on ABC TV
9 JUNE 2016
SIGRID GOES BACK TO PRISON ON SOHO'S WENTWORTH TELEVISION SERIES
“(Sonia) is an amalgam from my imagination. The combination of my imagination and the writing. In terms of the backdrop, I really just tried to make her very different from the other characters.”
- Sigrid Thornton
From the Wentworth Website: "Ms Thornton is the first actress from the original Prisoner series to join the cast of Wentworth. Rather than reprising her original character Ros Coulson, she enters the prison as Sonia Stevens – a new character partially inspired by one originally played by Tina Bursill. Wentworth’s Sonia Stevens character is the wealthy but self-made dynamo behind a cosmetics empire. She comes into the prison on remand, suspected of the murder of a missing woman.
“Having Sigrid Thornton sign on to return behind the walls of Wentworth is a casting dream and a wonderful acknowledgement of the work the writing team has put into the creation of Sonia Stevens and our plans for her and all our characters.”
-Foxtel Head of Drama Penny Win.
“I thought it was an interesting situation, dramatically, because she’s from a very different socioeconomic grouping to most of the women and she’s not making a special effort, really,” she says. “The way she goes about her business is to further her own ends more than anything else. That’s not to say she doesn’t develop genuine affection towards some of the women but I think there are ways in which she surprises herself.”
- Sigrid Thornton
Wentworth airs on Tuesdays at 6.30pm on pay-TV channel SoHo.
3 APRIL 2016
PLAUDITS CONTINUE TO ROLL IN FOR SIGRID'S ROLE IN FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - NOW AT THE CAPITOL THEATRE SYDNEY (UPDATE: 7 JUNE 2016: SEASON NOW FINISHED)
"Sigrid Thornton proves her versatility across all theatrical mediums shining beside Anthony as Teyve’s wife Golde. Sigrid’s strong-willed portrayal of the communal feeling of societal progression in Anatevka from clinging to one way of life to finding a peace with the choices of her family and being accepting of change was pivotal in the denouement of the production. "
THEATRE REVIEW DOT COM
"Warlow is dramatically well-matched by Sigrid Thornton as his wife Golde. Every conflict in Fiddler concerns Tevye, but rather than just observing from the sidelines, Thornton’s Golde is deeply affected by all that goes on in Anatevka."
BEN NUEZE DAILY REVIEW
"This production is quite arguably flawless.
Despite their familiarity on television screens, Sigrid Thornton and Mark Mitchell held their own as Tevye’s long-suffering wife and the town’s wealthy old butcher (with an eye on Tevye’s eldest daughter) respectively. The music is what lingers with you thoughout. Hearing iconic songs, which have been ongoingly reinterpreted in new ways - in their intended setting with a live orchestra and impeccable live singers is mesmerising."
6 JANUARY 2016
FIDDLER OPENS IN MELBOURNE - WARLOW & THORNTON'S TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO STAGE
The fiddler is ready to raise the roof in Melbourne. Australia's entertainment elite have rubbed shoulders on the red carpet at the Princess Theatre on Tuesday for the latest revival of the 50-year-old musical, Fiddler on the Roof. An impressive line-up of Australian talent has been assembled for the new production, with stage royalty Anthony Warlow and Sigrid Thornton in the leading roles. And looking at the red carpet, it's clear the pair have some serious pulling power.
- Seven Y. News
"Sigrid Thornton is Australian entertainment royalty. As Golde, she is both the supporting wife but knows how far to allow her old-fashioned husband to go before she needs to give him a reality check."
- Noise 11
"Warlow rises to this challenge brilliantly and delivers a strong, grounded performance. The supporting cast and ensemble meet this high standard and manage to bring a wonderful array of characters to life, maintaining a mostly uniform and authentic accent throughout. Sigrid Thornton, well known for film, television and theatre, is a confident and strong Golde (Tevye's wife)."
- Australian Stage
"Warlow’s colleagues hold their own, with each of the principal characters drawn with great attention to detail. Sigrid Thornton’s Golde is a mirror image of her husband - strong-willed, pragmatic, yet thoughtfully sentimental."
- Limelight Magazine
"Fiddler is remarkably affecting, more domestically than politically, though the refugee angle is especially pertinent today... Warlow's twinkling eyes, gestures and careworn charisma stay in the mind... Sigrid Thornton skilfully avoids cliche as Golde, the tough matriarch. For once, tradition really does rule."
- The Australian
"The village of Anatevka might be remote to ours, but not so the tension between tradition and radical change, the unruliness of human desire, or the power to endure great suffering: the very things that make Fiddler – staring out at us from the other side of all the horrors of the 20th century – so poignant and immediate."
- The Age
"Long-term star Sigrid Thornton, at home in all mediums of entertainment, is a canny choice to play opposite Warlow, in that the veteran actress brings mighty skills in standing her ground and establishing a solid character... Thornton finds a characterful, delicate tone for Golde’s vocals."
- Man In Chair
"Anthony Warlow always brings his own touch of class to a show and finds a new gravelly timbre in his voice as Tevye...He is well matched by Sigrid Thornton as his wife Golde who has a strong stage presence and brings colour to the spirited character. It is not a big singing role but Thornton shows the importance of conveying character through song, particularly in her duet Do You Love Me... A tale of dignity and honour, it holds a timeless poignancy and humanity while bubbling with Yiddish inspired tunes that are as melodic and moving as ever...When Fiddler premiered on Broadway in 1964 it quickly became acclaimed as a masterpiece. It still is."
- The Herald Sun
Fiddler on the Roof plays in Melbourne until February 27 before moving to Sydney's Capitol Theatre from March 24. TICKETS
26 NOVEMBER 2015
SIGRID TO STAR OPPOSITE ANTHONY WARLOW IN MELB & SYDNEY STAGE SHOWS OF 'FIDDLER ON THE ROOF'
Fans will be thrilled to learn that Sigrid has been cast as the "sharp-tongued Golde" in Fiddler on the Roof. She will join Anthony Warlow, Lior and Mark Mitchell in the timeless stage musical opening December 29 at Melbourne's Princess Theatre and during a season at The Capitol Theatre in Sydney (opening March 24 2016). Fiddler on the Roof follows the heart-warming journey of a family that has its traditional life turned upside down as the modern world starts to impact on life in their idyllic village. The story's humour, passion and warmth has touched audiences all over the world with it’s celebration of life, love and family.
"I have to say to the only other time I've performed in a musical was really one of the most joyous experiences of my working life... Anthony is without doubt one of the most experienced musical theatre performers in the country, but also one of the most gifted performers in the world."
Sigrid Thornton, Herald Sun.
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REVIEWS: "SIGRID THORNTON IS A REVELATION AS GARLAND..." "MESMERISING..." "A MASTER CLASS." "POSITIVIELY KILLS IT"
"Sigrid Thornton pulls out all stops, succeeding wildly as Judy Garland. If Thornton grabs a scenery-rattling role with gusto, Rebecca Gibney takes an understated approach as Allen's stoic and supportive mother. There was a danger that Garland and Minnelli could be reduced to caricatures; instead, both become much more."
Debi Enker, The Age
"Judy Garland is played with much sturm and drang by Sigrid Thornton" Gordon Farrer, The Age TV Guide
"Just as Allen is afforded more than the two standard dimensions of tragedy, so is Judy Garland. After a long break, the 1980s empress of Australian miniseries, Sigrid Thornton has returned to positively kill it with all of the bird-on-barbiturate mannerisms of the late-career diva. Anyone who has seen Thornton on stage will know of her willingness to expose herself to peril in the name of art, but it’s a taller and more intimate order to do the same thing on the telly. This actor works all the lines on her face and all the wrinkles of the self to bring an immense audience a fairly Judy Judy and even if you are not, as I am, an old queen who just loves a fallen chanteuse, you will love Sigrid for making this meticulous effort."
Helen Razer: Daily Review
"Without beating us over the head with it we see the ground laid for several key developments in Allen's adult life, including the genesis of several of his biggest hits and his instinctive connection with both Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. Sigrid Thornton as Garland and relative newcomer Sara West as Minnelli are both also excellent in difficult roles, managing to steer away from impersonation while convincing us they are these famous ladies"
Melanie Houston, The Age
"Thornton is mesmerising as Garland, forever fighting off the rigours of diet, pills and overstrain, taking us over the rainbow into a world of indulgence and victimhood. And West’s Liza is so charismatic and charming, she brings tears to the eye with the fine tremulous suggestion of vulnerability. A round of applause too for Melanie Parry for the impeccable singing voice of Garland. "
"Thornton’s performance as Garland is a master class of the 56-year-old’s ability to surprise; to translate her own fascination for one of the most well-known women in the world into a character both familiar and intriguing."
"Taking on her first major TV role since starring in ABC drama series, SeaChange, Thornton delivers a dazzling performance as entertainment icon, Judy Garland.."
"Sigrid Thornton is a revelation as Garland. On paper, it just couldn’t work, but on screen Thornton is wonderful as the larger-than-life Hollywood child star turned movie icon who struggled to live up to her own legend all the while trying to live down her own demons. When her daughter, the relatively unknown singer Liza, announced her engagement to Allen, Garland was over the moon, or the rainbow."
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25 AUGUST 2015
SIGRID CAST IN ABC THRILLER 'THE CODE' ALONGSIDE ANTHONY LAPAGLIA
Sigrid Thornton and Anthony LaPaglia have been announced as part of the season two cast for ABC thriller, The Code.
They join with returning stars Ashley Zukerman, Dan Spielman and Adele Perovic. The Playmaker series will be filmed in Sydney, Canberra and Far North Queensland, again written by\ Shelley Birse and directed by Shawn Seet. Playmaker’s David Taylor and David Maher said: “We are delighted that The Code has been universally embraced by audiences and critics alike, and season two takes it to a new level – with a stellar cast, political intrigue and thrilling action.”
The series is tipped for 2016.
UPDATE: "Shooting Wraps on The Code" by Jill Hogan
SIGRID ON STAGE IN TASMANIA FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY IN STEPHEN BECKETT'S 'DIARY OF A NOBODY'
The date August 7 is circled in Sigrid Thornton’s busy diary. For one night only, the award-winning actress of stage and screen is coming to Launceston to star in the Australian premiere of the play Diary of a Nobody.
Diary of a Nobody is a one-woman dramatic comedy monologue about a year (1955) in the life of an Australian housewife. Through reliving extracts from her Diary, she takes us on an emotional nostalgic journey into pre-television Australia, into the day-to-day ordinary existence of a ‘nobody’ who wants to be a ‘somebody’.
SIGRID CAST IN CAIRNES BROTHERS HORROR FILM
In 2014, Sigrid trod the boards in the MTC"s production of "The Effect" after taking on the iconic role of Blanche Dubois in Perth's Black Swan State Theatre Company's production of Tennessee William's classic "Streetcar Named Desire."
THE EFFECT An Original Stage Play by Lucy Prebble
MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY
Sigrid Thornton and William McInnes make their highly anticipated return to the MTC stage in this love story for the neuroscience age. Sexy, funny and thought-provoking, this much-raved-about work won the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play.
Cast & Creatives :
* William McInnes
* Zahra Newman
* Sigrid Thornton
"A rich, challenging play that’s as moving as it is intelligent. See it. Now. 4 Stars."
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE by Tennessee Williams
BLACK SWAN STATE THEATRE COMPANY
FROM ABC RADIO NATION BOOKS & ARTS:
Ever since the play opened on Broadway in 1947, directors can't resist restaging the story of love, lust, passion and power set in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Much-loved Australian actress Sigrid Thornton plays the lead role of Blanche DuBois, an aging Southern Belle who has come to live with her sister Stella and Stella's husband Stanley after losing her family's fortune. Kate Cherry is the director of the play, as well as the Artistic Director of the Black Swan State Theatre Company. Her father also directed Australia's first staging of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Kate and Sigrid discuss Tennessee Williams' classic play and its representation of sexual politics and class in America in the 1940s.
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