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Jacinta Stapleton

Jacinta Stapleton

With her role as Constable Chris Dichiera in Stingers, Jacinta Stapleton, 25, cements her place as one of Australian television's most exciting young actresses.

Jacinta featured in her first TV commercial aged six and starred in the movie Boulevard of Broken Dreams when she was eight. After starring in the movie What the Moon Saw and the telemovie Becca in 1988 she went on to later guest roles in The Flying Doctors and Full Frontal. Jacinta shot to national prominence as blonde siren Amy Greenwood in Neighbours in 1997.

After three years with Neighbours, Jacinta left to further her acting range and ambitions. She took on the lead in the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the UK and then travelled to Los Angeles to study at the John Ruskin School of Acting.

Back in Australia, Jacinta took on guest roles in television series including Stingers, The Lost World and Beastmaster as well as the lead in the Australian Shakespeare Company's Romeo and Juliet and a supporting part in the feature film Dalkieth.

Jacinta took just one audition to land the role of Chris after the producers looked at almost 60 actors. She has clearly relished the chance to play this streetwise young undercover cop.

"This is a dream role for me," she says.