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Kestie Morassi

Born

9 August 1978 (age 40)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Occupation

Actress

Years of active

1996-present

Role(s)

Maggie Astoni

Kestie Morassi is an Australian actress. She plays Maggie Astoni on Home and Away in 2017.

Early Life

Morassi was born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Sandy and Liv Morassi.[2]

 She lived in Adelaide until she was thirteen years old. She studied at the National Theatre, Melbourne Drama School, graduating in 1994, and another five years at Drama with a Difference.[3]

Career

Morassi first appeared on the television series Neighbours in 1996. She would later appear in BeastMasterStingers and The Secret Life of Us in the early 2000s before making the transition to films in 2002 alongside an all-star cast including Bryan Brown, Toni Collette, Sam Neill, Sam Worthington, and John Goodman in Dirty Deedswhich saw her nominated for a Best Supporting Actor award by the Film Critics Circle of Australia.[4]

Morassi has also appeared in Darkness FallsTravelling LightStrange BedfellowsThunderstruckThe Illustrated Family Doctor, and Josh Jarman before getting her international break in the Australian box-office success Wolf Creek, which screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.[5] She played backpacker Kristy Earl, for which she was nominated for an Australian Film Institute award for Best Supporting Actress 2005.[6] She also starred in the Patrick Hughes short film Signs for Schweppes opposite Nick Russell.[citation needed]

In recent work, Morassi played whip-cracking brothel manager Natalie in Foxtel's groundbreaking drama Satisfaction and portrays sultry and infatuated criminal defence lawyer Zarah Garde-Wilson in the Nine Network TV drama series Underbelly.[4] In 2010, she had a guest appearance on Wilfred, playing "Kat".[7][8]

Morassi joined the cast of Seven Network soap opera Home and Away in 2017 as Maggie Astoni.[9][10]

Filmography