Stingers: profiles

Roxane Wilson


Roxane Wilson was destined for a life in the entertainment industry. Her father was an Old Vic trained actor and her stepfather is Pee Wee Wilson, leader of the legendary rock’n’roll group The Delltones.

"From the earliest age, whenever anyone asked me what I wanted to be, I said ’an actor’," she says. "It always seemed like the natural thing to do."

Roxane was born in Durban, South Africa and came via London to Australia at the age of two. After a couple of years in the Sydney suburbs, her family ’dropped out’ and moved to Eungai Creek, on the New South Wales mid-north coast, where they ran a 50 acre farm.

"It was an idyllic lifestyle for a young child," she says. "When I wasn’t at school, I was exploring the bush, camping, swimming in creeks, and horseriding with friends."

In 1982, Roxane and her family moved back to Sydney and got serious about pursuing her passion for acting. She joined The Rocks Players drama school, paying for her tuition with money she was earning from a highly lucrative modelling career.

At 18, Roxane used her success at modelling to go to New York for further drama training with Robert Modaka. She lived in New York for three years.

In 1991, after returning to Australia, Roxane moved to Perth to study full time at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. After graduating, she had feature roles in plays including Noel Coward’s PRIVATE LIVES, PRACTICAL MAMET, Edward Albee’s FINDING THE SUN and FREAK WINDS, a new Australian play by Marshall Napier.

Roxane made an immediate impact on television as well, with starring roles in ECHO POINT and BIG SKY and guest parts in POLICE RESCUE, COMMON LAW, MURDER CALL and WILDSIDE. Last year, she won acclaim playing Suzy, the girlfriend of Michael Reilly (Aaron Pederson), in WATER RATS.

Now she is set to win further accolades as Constable Danni Mayo in STINGERS