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Tara Morice

Tara Morice
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Born (1964-06-23) 23 June 1964 (age 55)[1]
OccupationActress, singer, dancer
Years active1991–present

Tara Morice (born 23 June 1964) is an Australian actress.


Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Morice also lived in Sydney, Alice Springs and Adelaide as a child. She appeared in a short film for the Tasmanian Film Corporation in 1980, The ABC of Unions.[2] She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Australian History and English from the Australian National University and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1987.


She has worked extensively on stage in Australia, including productions for the Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company, Griffin Theatre Company, Belvoir Theatre Company and the Ensemble. She played Fran in Strictly Ballroom when it premiered as a stage play in 1988, and she was a member of Baz Luhrmann's Six Years Old Company.[3] She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role in Fat Swan at the 2012 Helpmann Awards and a Victorian Green Room Award for The Venetian Twins in 1990.

Her first film appearance was as Fran in the 1992 film Strictly Ballroom (directed by Baz Luhrmann), for which she was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Actress in a Leading Role[4] and an Australian Film Institute award. Morice also appeared on the film's soundtrack, singing a duet of Time After Time with Mark Williams.

Morice has also appeared in the films Metal Skin, Hotel Sorrento, Hildegarde, Moulin Rouge!, Candy, Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance, Miracle Fish, Oranges and Sunshine and Dance Academy:The Movie.

Her television work includes roles in Answered by Fire, After the Deluge, Salem's Lot, Loot, Grass Roots and McLeod's Daughters. Morice had a starring role in the series of three Dogwoman telemovies with Magda Szubanski in 2000. She also plays Miss Raine in Series 1, 2 and 3 of Dance Academy for ABC/ZDF.

She wrote and directed the documentary My Biggest Fan, about her correspondence and friendship with an American great-grandmother, Mildred Levine, who wrote to her after seeing Strictly Ballroom. The film premiered at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, and was broadcast on the SBS network in Australia in 2008.[5]

Morice has a daughter, Ondine Morice Pearce, who was the stills photographer (at age 11) on My Biggest Fan.[6]

She re-recorded Time After Time for Baz Luhrmann's album Something For Everybody and sang on the Strictly Ballroom, Razzle Dazzle : A Journey Into Dance and My Biggest Fan soundtracks.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Strictly Ballroom Fran
1994 Metal Skin Savina
1995 Hotel Sorrento Pippa Moynihan
1997 Square One Margot
2001 Moulin Rouge! Prostitute
2001 Hildegarde Kim Powell
2006 Candy Aunt Katherine
2007 Razzle Dazzle Marianne
2007 September Jennifer Hamilton
2008 Close Distance Rivka Short film
2009 Miracle Fish Mum Short film
2010 Oranges and Sunshine Pauline
2013 101 Cupcakes Agnes Harvey Short film
2014 Smithston Mrs. Smithston Short film
2017 Dance Academy Movie Lucinda Raine


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Police Rescue Jenny "Mates"
1997 Big Sky Linda "Blind Spot"
1998 Water Rats Anne Milner "Diminished Responsibility"
1998 A Difficult Woman Susan Taylor TV miniseries
1999 Wildside Rachel Duncan "2.11"
2000 Dogwoman: Dead Dog Walking Pauline O'Halloran TV film
2000 Something in the Air Candy Rogers Recurring role
2000 Dogwoman: A Grrrl's Best Friend Pauline O'Halloran TV film
2000-2003 Grass Roots Julie Dunkley Recurring role
2001 Dogwoman: The Legend of Dogwoman Pauline O'Halloran TV film
2001 My Husband My Killer Margaret Inkster TV film
2003 After the Deluge Dianne TV film
2004 Salem's Lot Joyce Petrie TV miniseries
2004 Loot Karen Doakes TV film
2005 Blue Heelers Melanie Anderson Recurring role
2005 McLeod's Daughters Michelle Hall-Smith "Out of Time", "Betwixt and Between"
2005 Second Chance Edwinda TV film
2006 Answered by Fire Helen Waldman TV film
2010 Home and Away Joanna Scott Recurring role
2010-2013 Dance Academy Miss Raine Recurring role
2013 The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting Special Guest "1.4", "1.5"
2013 Whitlam: The Power and the Passion Margaret Whitlam (Voice) "Part 2"
2015 Winter Judith Johansson Recurring role


  1. ^ "Tara Morice". IMDb. Retrieved 30 October 2007.
  2. ^ "Spotlight: Tara Morice". Racism, No Way. Government of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 21 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Strictly Ballroom". AusStage.
  4. ^ "BAFTA Awards 1992". BAFTA Awards Database. British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
  5. ^ Enker, Debi (6 November 2008). "When Tara found her biggest fan". The Age.
  6. ^ Thompson, Erica (4 November 2008). "Strictly Ballroom's Tara Morice forges bond with fan, 75". The Courier-Mail.

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