On the Couch with Marg Downey

Marg Downey oncWho is Marg Downey?
A 54 year old actress from Melbourne.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I would have learned to play a musical instrument.

Who inspires you and why?
My mother because she is wise, calm and empathetic.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would ban all gambling venues.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I really love resorts and I’m a sucker for an all you can eat buffet. Hayman Island is my favourite and any special offers would be welcomed!!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
I’d take them to Melbourne’s Royal Botanical Gardens.

What are you currently reading?
We are All Completely Besides Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.

What are you currently listening to?
Lots of podcasts! 

Happiness is?
A good work life balance.

What does the future hold for you?
I never know. I have difficulty planning ahead. But whatever it is… bring it on!

As one of Australia’s leading comedy actors, Marg Downey is best known for the numerous characters she brilliantly portrayed on comedy series Fast Forward, and has also been applauded for the dramatic roles she has undertaken for television and theatre.

Marg first appeared on television as part of The D-Generation in the late 1980s and subsequently appeared regularly in Fast Forward, Full Frontal, Something Stupid, and Kath and Kim, alongside several of her D-Gen alumni. Marg has also appeared in the popular dramas The Doctor Blake Mysteries (Series 2 & 3), House Husbands and City Homicide.

Theatre credits include Moonlight and Magnolias for director Bruce Beresford at the Melbourne Theatre Company, Mum’s the Word and Mum’s the Word 2Glimpse and the world premier season of Joanna Murray-Smith’s Rapture for Playbox.

Marg is also a highly sought-after voice over artist, both for commercial/corporate work and for key roles in numerous animation projects, including L’il Elvis Jones & the Truckstoppers, Ocean Girl, Dogstar, Wakkaville and The Flamin’ Thongs.

In 2013 she performed in Melbourne Theatre Company’s premiere production of David Williamson’s Rupert, which also toured to Washington in March 2014 as part of the Kennedy Center’s World Stages: International Theatre Festival. Marg most recently played the role of Mary John Rafferty in Skull in Connemara at 45 Downstairs and Marie Dindon in La Cage Aux Folles for The Production Company at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Marg can currently be seen in Timeshare by Lally Katz at the Malthouse Theatre until 17 May 2015. For more information, visit: www.malthousetheatre.com.au for details.

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