Chantal Contouri

Chantal Contouri
Born1950 (age 73–74)
  • Actress
  • dancer
  • former restaurateur
Years active1963–present

Chantal Contouri (born 1950; sometimes credited as Chantal Cantouri, Greek: Σαντάλ Κοντούρη) is a Greek Australian television and film actress and former dancer, best known for her role in the 1970s soap opera Number 96, as nurse Tracy Wilson, later revealed to be the serial killer known as the infamous "pantyhose strangler".


Contouri was born in Agios Georgios, Greece in 1950, the first of five children to Fotini and Konstantinos, the family emigrated to Australia aboard an Italian ship Castel Felice in 1954; and settled in Adelaide, where Contouri attended Adelaide High School, where she learned English, after leaving home she started her career as a dancer, and appeared on music show Kommotion, before venturing into acting. She was the first Greek actress to win a Logie Award. She has had guest and recurring roles in series and soap opera and Australian films.

She featured in The Sullivans as Melina Tsangarakis, who married Norm Baker before her death by firing squad. Contouri appeared in US daytime soap opera General Hospital in 1988 and played a guest role in the Australian soap E Street in 1993.

She played leading roles in Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974) and the sex comedy film Alvin Purple Rides Again (1974), and later had a guest role in the Alvin Purple television series produced in 1976. Contouri had starring roles in horror-suspense films Thirst (1979) and Snapshot (aka The Day After Halloween) (1979). She featured in Timothy Spanos' series Celebrity House Cleaner playing an alcoholic acting agent and her most recent role was in a remake of Stormboy in 2019.

Contouri remains best known however as Nurse Tracey Wilson in serial Number 96 and in 2007 discussed her time on the series in an episode of Where Are They Now?, and revealed that she runs the family's restaurant in Adelaide. The restaurant closed in 2014, she currently resides in Torrensville, South Australia. Contouri recorded an audio commentary for a 2008 DVD boxed set release of 32 Number 96 episodes, entitled The Pantyhose Strangler.



Year Title Role Type
1969 All You Have to Do is Dig Herself - Jewellery model Film short
1974 Alvin Rides Again Boobs la Touche Feature film
1974 Barry McKenzie Holds His Own Zizi Feature film
1977 High Rolling Bus Hostess Feature film
1979 Snapshot (aka The Day After Halloween) Madeline Feature film
1979 Thirst Kate Davis Feature film
1980 Touch and Go Fiona Feature film
1994 Metal Skin Savina's Mother Feature film
1996 Offspring Rosa Feature film
1998 Vincent's Regret Older Rosalba Film short
2000 Nameday Film short
2001 And She Said... Feature film
2003 The Wannabes Sally Feature film
2009 Birthday Scarlet Film short
2010 The Otherside Vinchenzena Film short
2010 Lonesdale Film short
2011 Unfinished Thoughts Lucia Film short
2013 The House Cleaner Zara Kozwalski Feature film
2016 Allie Mother Film short
2018 Hotel Mumbai Mrs Karvelas Feature film
2019 Storm Boy Julie Sims Feature film


Year Title Role Type
1966 Kommotion Herself - Go-go dancer TV series
1974 The Champion Teleplay
1974 Certain Women TV series
1974 Behind the Scenes of Barry McKenzie Holds His Own Herself / Zizi TV special
1974-75 Number 96 Tracey Wilson TV series, 37 episodes
1975 Casino 10 Game hostess (with Garry Meadows) TV series
1975 Shannon's Mob Tara TV series, 1 episode
1975 Silent Number Marie TV series, 1 episode
1975 McManus MPB Lara Boltolavic TV movie
1975 Celebrity Squares Panelist TV series, 1 episode
1976 Alvin Purple Christine TV series, episode 7: 'The Hustled'
1976 Is There Anybody There? Rosa TV movie
1977 Graham Kennedy's Blankety Blanks Panelist TV series, 2 episodes
1977 Telethon: First Hour Guest - Herself TV special
1977 Greek Affair Herself TV series
1978; 1979 Chopper Squad Diana Baker / Janie Smart TV series, 2 episodes
1978, 1979 The Mike Walsh Show Guest - Herself TV series, 1 episode
1978 The Sullivans Melina Baker TV series, 15 episodes
1979 The 21st Annual TV Week Logie Awards Herself TV special
1979 Doctor Down Under Dr. Wainwright TV series, 1 episode
1979; 1983 The Mike Walsh Show Guest - Herself TV series, 1 episode
1979 Sammy Awards 1979 Compere TV special
1980 Skyways Lorraine Cruickshank TV series, 1 episode
1980 The Three Sea-Wolves Laura Fiore TV movie
1980 Parkinson in Australia Guest TV series, 1 episode
1980 The Variety Club Race Day Herself TV special
1980 The 1980 Australian Film Awards Presenter TV special
1980 Olivia Newton-John: Hollywood Nights Audience member TV special
1980 Who Are We? Herself TV documentary
1981 Play Bouzouki Host TV special
1981 Channel Nine Celebrates: 25 Years Of Television Herself in audience TV special
1981 Holiday Island TV series, 1 episode
1982; 1983 The Daryl Somers Show Guest TV series, 2 episodes
1982 The Black Boomerang aka 'Der schwarze Bumerang' Minou TV miniseries, 4 episodes
1983; 1984 The Mike Walsh Show Guest - Herself TV series, 1 episode
1983 All The Rivers Run Julia TV miniseries, 2 episodes
1984 Medea Medea TV movie
1984 The Mike Walsh Show Guest - Herself TV series, 1 episode
1988 General Hospital Prunella TV series, 12 episodes
1988 Goodbye Miss Fourth of July Olympia Janus TV movie
1989 The Home Show Guest TV series, 1 episode
1989 International It's a Knockout Contestant TV special
1991 The Midday Show Guest TV series, 1 episode
1991; 1992 Tonight Live with Steve Vizard Guest TV series, 2 episodes
1991 Celebrity Wheel Of Fortune Contestant TV series, 1 episode
1991 Celebrity Family Feud Contestant TV series, 1 episode
1991 The World Tonight Guest TV series, 1 episode
1991 Team Family Feud Contestant TV series, 1 episode
1992 The Morning Show Presenter TV series
1992 Neighbours Alexandra Lomax TV series, 2 episodes
1992 E Street Julia Preston TV series, 9 episodes
1993-1999 Good Morning Australia Guest TV series, 7 episodes
1993 Insiders Herself TV series, 1 episode
1994 Chantal Contouri Inside Hollywood Herself TV special
1994 This Is Your Life Guest TV series, 1 episode: 'Olivia Newton-John'
1995 At Home Guest TV series, 1 episode
1998 Denise Guest TV series, 1 episode
1999 Beauty and the Beast Guest TV series, 3 episodes
2003 George Negus Tonight Guest TV series, 1 episode
2007 Where Are They Now? Guest (with Number 96 cast) Joe Hasham, Chard Hayward, Elaine Lee, Jeff Kevin, Sheila Kennelly & Frances Hargreaves TV series, 1 episode
2009 The Cook and the Chef Guest TV series, 1 episode
2012 Myf Warhurst's Nice Guest TV series, 1 episode
2014 When the Beatles Drove us Wild Herself TV special
2014 Wastelander Panda Varrick TV series, 5 episodes
2021 Aftertaste Mama TV series, 1 episode
2023 Celebrity House Cleaner Zara TV series, 4 episodes


Year Title Role
1976 Snap
1983 The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H.
1985 The Shifting Heart
1986 The Boom Boom Show (US)
1992 The Bacchae
1995 Medea
1995 To Traverse Water
1996 Emma Shelley
1996 Milk and Honey
1997 Life Goes On
1999 The Village of Miracles

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