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 joins 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 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), 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.
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.
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:
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LATEST ROLES & REVIEWS
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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