Kerry Michelle Armstrong (born 1958) is an Australian film, television
and stage actress. She is one of only two actresses to win two
Australian Film Institute Awards in the same year, winning Best
Actress in a Leading Role for Lantana and Best Actress in a Leading
Role in a
Television Drama for
SeaChange in 2001.
After early television roles in Australia including Prisoner (1979)
and Skyways (1980), Armstrong moved to the United States in 1981,
where she played
Hamlet and Isabella in Measure for Measure
Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and had a role in the soap
opera Dynasty (1985–86). She returned to Australia in 1987.
Her other television roles include MDA (2002–03) and Bed of Roses
1.1 Early years
1.2 United States and Dynasty
1.3 Australian return
1.5 Public profile
2 Personal life
6 External links
Armstrong appeared in both acting and presenting roles on Australian
television in the 1970s and early 1980. One of her first acting roles
was on television series Marion, released in March 1974. She
appeared as a GTV-9 weather girl, and then in a dramatic acting
role, appearing as Lynne Warner, an original character in Network Ten
women's prison drama Prisoner. Initially planned to last 16 episodes,
the series was continued and Armstrong appeared in the first 44
episodes. She then switched to another ongoing role in drama series
Skyways for 49 episodes. In 1981 she co-hosted the
Network Ten series
Together Tonight with Greg Evans.
In 1981 Armstrong married rock band Australian Crawl's rhythm
guitarist Brad Robinson. Armstrong and Robinson co-wrote "Easy on
Your Own", a track on Australian Crawl's second album Sirocco and
B-side to the single "Errol".
United States and Dynasty
Armstrong moved to the United States in 1981, where she studied under
Herbert Berghof and
Uta Hagen at the
HB Studio in New York City on an
acting scholarship. With the studio's Playwrights
Foundation, she played
Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet,
Ophelia in Hamlet, and Isabella in
Measure for Measure
Measure for Measure at the Arena
Stage in Washington, DC. In order to obtain residency, Armstrong
and Robinson agreed she would have to marry a US citizen, so they
separated and she married her friend Alexander Bernstein. Armstrong
only had a professional arrangement with Bernstein, but her long
distance from Robinson dissolved their relationship. In the US, she
starred as Christine in Tom Stoppard's
Dalliance at the Long Wharf
Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, had an ongoing role in daytime
serial One Life to Live, and became part of
The Actors' Gang
The Actors' Gang along
John Cusack and Tim Robbins. After working in the group's
plays, Armstrong appeared in seven episodes of Dynasty as Elena,
Duchess of Branagh. Robbins and Armstrong became romantically
involved. Cusack, Robbins and Armstrong auditioned for Saturday Night
Live but only Armstrong was offered a part, which she declined. She
also guest starred in the 1984
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote episode "Death Takes
a Curtain Call".
In 1987, Armstrong returned to Australia upon the death of her
grandmother. In the early 1990s, she resumed acting in
Australian television series, including Police Rescue, Ocean Girl,
Come In Spinner, All Together Now and Halfway Across the Galaxy and
Turn Left. In 1991 Armstrong was nominated for an AFI award for Best
Actress for her role in the film Hunting which was released by
Paramount in the U.S.
In 1998, Armstrong was offered the role of Heather Jelly in the
television series SeaChange, the ever-devoted but long-suffering wife
of corrupt local mayor Bob (John Howard). The role won her critical
acclaim and garnered several awards. When
SeaChange ended in 2000,
Armstrong continued on with her theatre work and also appeared in
Lantana, the award-winning Ray Lawrence film also starring Anthony
LaPaglia, Barbara Hershey, Geoffrey Rush,
Glenn Robbins and Vince
Armstrong won the Inside Film (IF) Award, Film Critics Circle of
Australia Award and the AFI Award for her Lantana performance. In the
same year she won another AFI award, for the final season of
SeaChange, making her the second actress to win two AFI awards in one
year. The first had been
Sacha Horler for her 1998 Lead Role in
Praise and 1999 Supporting Role in
Soft Fruit awarded in 1999.
In 2002, Armstrong joined the cast of medico-legal drama MDA on ABC
Jason Donovan and Shane Bourne. However, she 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. After MDA,
Armstrong appeared in films One Perfect Day, The Oyster Farmer,
Virus, Car Pool and Razzle Dazzle. On 10 May 2008 ABC-TV started
screening a six-part series Bed of Roses with Armstrong in the lead
role as Louisa Atherton. In 2008 she appeared in the film
Reservations. In 2010, Bed Of Roses returned for a second season on
the ABC followed by a third and final season in 2011. In the same year
she starred in the short film, The Forgotten Men, alongside Jack
Thompson and Gyton Grantley. 2016 sees Armstrong return to Australian
screens in the series The Wrong Girl for Network Ten.
Armstrong wrote a self-help book, The Circles, released on 1 November
2003. She described the book as a practical exercise in empowering
people. In May 2008, Armstrong told the
Herald Sun the book's US
publisher, Beyond Words, had received a call from a large book club in
the US which wanted 21,000 copies of the book.
Her second book, Fool on the Hill, released in March 2006, is
about the nature of personality. A travel guide, Newcomer's
Handbook for New York City was co-edited with Belden Merims in
Armstrong has worked with several charitable organisations including
Childwise, Big hART, and Cure for Life Foundation which
sponsors research into brain tumour treatments. In 2006, she
represented Cure for Life in season five of Dancing with the Stars.
Armstrong and dance partner, Christopher Ryan, were the third couple
eliminated from the show.
Armstrong has publicly opposed the War in Iraq, and in protest, sat on
the steps of the Victorian Parliament in a purple bra to draw
attention to her cause.
In October 2008 Armstrong appeared as the face of a "myth-busting"
advertising campaign for Coca-Cola, created by the agency Singleton
Ogilvy & Mather. Titled "
Kerry Armstrong on Motherhood and
Myth Busting", the print advertisement purported to correct "myths and
Coca-Cola drink products. Claiming her three boys
called her "Mum, the myth buster", Armstrong rejected suggestions that
Coca-Cola "rots your teeth", "makes you fat" and is "packed with
In April 2009, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commissioner
ruled that the
Coca-Cola advertisements in which Armstrong appeared
were misleading. The ACCC's chairman, Graeme Samuel, said, "Coke's
messages were totally unacceptable, creating an impression which is
likely to mislead that
Coca-Cola cannot contribute to weight gain,
obesity and tooth decay,".
Armstrong was born in
Melbourne in 1958. In 1981, Armstrong was
briefly married to Australian Crawl's rhythm guitarist Brad
Robinson. Under the advice of her US agent and with Robinson's
consent, she married friend, Alexander Bernstein, in order to resolve
visa issues and allow her to work in the United States. In 1990,
when their son was three months old, she married writer-producer Mac
Gudgeon. The marriage to Gudgeon ended and in 1996 she married
builder Mark Croft and they have twin sons. Armstrong and Croft
separated in 2001. As of 2008, she lived with her three sons in the
1991 – Nominated –
Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award – Best
Actress – Hunting
2000 – Nominated –
Logie Award – Outstanding Actress in TV
Series – SeaChange
2001 – Winner –
Logie Award – Outstanding Actress in TV Series
2001 – Winner – AFI Award – Best Actress (Television) –
2001 – Winner – IF Award – Best Actress – Lantana (shared with
co-stars Barbara Hershey, Leah Purcell,
Rachael Blake and Daniela
2001 – Winner – AFI Award – Best Actress – Lantana
2001 – Winner –
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award – Best
Actress – Lantana
2002 – Nominated – AFI Award – Best Actress (Television) – MDA
Getting of Wisdom, TheThe Getting of Wisdom
Grievous Bodily Harm
One Perfect Day
Hard Place, AA Hard Place
Mind the Gap
Paula / Mum
Forgotten Men, TheThe Forgotten Men
Sullivans, TheThe Sullivans
Water Under the Bridge
Cornflakes for Tea
Tales from the Darkside
Elaine Anderson Hall
Murder, She Wrote
"Death Takes a Curtain Call"
Elena, Duchess of Branagh
Dadah Is Death
Come In Spinner
All Together Now
Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left
"Beauty's Only Skin Deep"
Dr. Dianne Bates
Main role (seasons 1-2)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Heart of Fire
Eugénie Sandler P.I.
Dr. Louella Davis
Bed of Roses
Wrong Girl, TheThe Wrong Girl
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here
Show Me the Movie!
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^ "Theater; Stoppard's
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^ "Bed of Roses". Australian television information archive. Retrieved
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ISBN 978-1-74066-125-6. Archived from the original on 8 July
2011. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
Kerry Armstrong interview" on George Negus Tonight, ABC Radio, 5
November 2003. Accessed 3 May 2008.
^ Armstrong, Kerry (March 2006). Fool on the Hill. Hardie Grant Books.
ISBN 978-1-74066-337-3. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
^ Belden Merims (ed.) and
Kerry Armstrong (ed.), ed. (February 1996).
Newcomer's Handbook for New York City (16th ed.). First Books Inc.
ISBN 0-912301-32-5. Retrieved 3 May 2008. CS1 maint: Extra
text: editors list (link)
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^ "Armstrong dances off". The Age. 18 October 2006. Retrieved 8 May
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Coca-Cola ads featuring
Kerry Armstrong as misleading". The Australian. Retrieved 2 April
Kerry Armstrong on IMDb
AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Monica Maughan (1971)
Jacki Weaver (1972)
Judy Morris (1973)
Julie Dawson (1974/1995)
Helen Morse (1976)
Pat Bishop (1977)
Angela Punch McGregor (1978)
Michele Fawdon (1979)
Tracy Mann (1980)
Judy Davis (1981)
Noni Hazlehurst (1982)
Wendy Hughes (1983)
Angela Punch McGregor (1984)
Noni Hazlehurst (1985)
Judy Davis (1986)
Judy Davis (1987)
Nadine Garner (1988)
Meryl Streep (1989)
Catherine McClements (1990)
Sheila Florance (1991)
Lisa Harrow (1992)
Holly Hunter (1993)
Toni Collette (1994)
Jacqueline McKenzie (1995)
Judy Davis (1996)
Pamela Rabe (1997)
Deborah Mailman (1998)
Sacha Horler (1999)
Pia Miranda (2000)
Kerry Armstrong (2001)
Maria Theodorakis (2002)
Toni Collette (2003)
Abbie Cornish (2004)
Cate Blanchett (2005)
Emily Barclay (2006)
Joan Chen (2007)
Monic Hendrickx (2008)
Frances O'Connor (2009)
Jacki Weaver (2010)
Judy Davis (2011)
Deborah Mailman (2012)
Rose Byrne (2013)
Sarah Snook (2014)
Kate Winslet (2015)
Odessa Young (2016)
Emma Booth (2017)
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