Thornton, Sigrid 1959-

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Thornton, Sigrid 1959-


Born February 12, 1959, in Canberra, Australia; daughter of Neil (an academic) and Merle (a writer and teacher of women's studies) Thornton; married Tom Burstall (a director and risk manager); children: Ben, Jaz. Education: Studied drama in Brisbane, Australia, and at Twelfth Night Theatre Company.


Agent—William Morris Agency, Inc., 151 South El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2775; United Agents, 130 Shaftesbury Ave., London, W1D 5EU, United Kingdom.


Actress. Film Victoria, member of board of directors, 1986-89; Australian Film Institute, member of board of directors, 1993-99; Commercial Television Production Fund, member, 1995-98. Representative of official Australian film delegation to China, 1988; Australian representative for a cultural exchange delegation to Vietnam. Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation, patron, 1987; also performs charitable work on behalf of World Vision and Royal Children's Hospital. Worked at a pineapple cannery and a photographic studio; also worked as a waitress in pubs.


Women in Film (patron).

Awards, Honors:

Logie Award, best episode in a television series, TV Week TV Awards, 1974, for "Little Raver," Division 4; Sammy Award, best television juvenile performance, 1975, for Homicide; AFI Award nomination, best actress in a lead role, Australian Film Institute, 1979, for Snapshot; Logie Award nomination, best actress in a miniseries, 1979, for 1915; Logie Award, best leading actress in a miniseries, 1984, for All the Rivers Run; Television Award, best foreign television personality, Aftonbladet Television Prize, 1985; Bronze Wrangler Award (with others), fictional television drama, Western Heritage Awards, 1989, for Paradise; inducted into Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center, Oklahoma; award for outstanding contribution to Australian film entertainment, Cinema Owners Association of Australia, 1999; People's Choice awards, favorite actress and favorite television star, 1999; AFI Award nomination, best actress in a leading role in a television drama series, Australian Film Institute, 2001, Silver Logie Award nominations, most outstanding actress, 1999, 2001, and most popular actress, 2000, 2001, Silver Logie Award, most outstanding actress in a series, 2000, all for SeaChange; voted "most loved star on Australian television" by Talent Q-Scores survey; AFI Award nomination, best lead actress in television, Australian Film Institute, 2005, for Little Oberon.


Film Appearances:

The F. J. Holden, FJ Films, 1977.

Maria, The Getting of Wisdom, 1977, Atlantic, 1980.

Angela, Snapshot (also known as Day after Halloween, The Day before Halloween, and The Night after Halloween), Group 1 Film Distributors, 1979.

Chrissy, The King of the Two Day Wonder, 1979.

Carolina Martin, Partners, 1981.

Jessica Harrison, The Man from Snowy River, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982.

Caroline Martin, Duet for Four (also known as Partners), Burstall Nominees, 1982.

Gloria, Street Hero, 1984.

Fennimore, Niel Lynne (also known as Best Enemies), 1985.

Anne, The Lighthorsemen, RKO Radio Pictures, 1987, Cinecom, 1988.

Blanche McBride, Slate, Wyn & Me, Hemdale, 1987.

Brdiget, Great Expectations-The Untold Story, 1987.

Jessica Harrison, Return to Snowy River (also known as The Man from Snowy River II and Return to Snowy River Part II: The Legend Continues), Buena Vista, 1988.

Elizabeth, Over the Hill (also known as Round the Bend), Village Roadshow Productions, 1992.

Issacs, Trapped in Space, 1994.

Cass Meredith, Whipping Boy, 1996.

Shelley Kincaird, Love in Ambush (also known as L'amour en embuscade, Angkor, and Mirabeau), Hamdon Entertainment, 1997.

Lucy, Arctic Adventure, 2000.

Mother, Living with Happiness, 2001.

Susan Tuttle, The Pact, Astro, 2002.

Mother, Mittens, Tinderbox, 2003.

Not Quite Hollywood, Madman, 2008.

Television Appearances; Series:

Sue, Patrick's niece, Father Dear Father in Australia, 1977-78.

Roslyn Coulson, Prisoner (also known as Caged Women and Prisoner: Cell Block H), syndicated, 1979-80.

Amelia Lawson, Paradise (also known as Guns of Paradise), CBS, 1988-92.

Laura Joy Gibson, SeaChange, ABC (Australia), 1998-2000.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

The Last Outlaw, 1980.

Players in the Gallery, ABC (Australia), 1980.

Anthea Langton, Outbreak of Love, ABC (Australia), 1981.

I Can Jump Puddles, 1981.

Frances, 1915, ABC (Australia), 1982.

Monica Ellis, Boy in the Bush, ABC-4 (Australia), 1983.

Philadelphia "Delie" Gordon Edwards, All the Rivers Run, HBO, 1984.

Bridget, Great Expectations, the Untold Story (also known as Great Expectations: The Australian Story), ABC (Australia), 1986.

Jennifer Morton, The Far Country (also known as Nevil Shute's The Far Country), ABC (Australia), 1986.

Mrs. Sternwood, "Umney's Last Case," Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, 2006.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Christine McQuillan, The Feds, Nine Network, 1993.

Shelley Kincaird, Love in Ambush (also known as L'Amour en embuscade, Angkor, and Mirabeau), 1997.

Lola Green, Little Oberon, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Erica Johnston, "The Other Man," Homicide, ABC-7 (Australia), 1973.

"Little Raver," Division 4, ABC-9 (Australia), 1975.

Simone Foley, "The Witch," Matlock Police, Ten Network, 1975.

"Come to Mother," Matlock Police, Ten Network, 1976.

Helen Laughton, "The Set Up," Bluey, ABC-7, 1976.

Hotel Story, 1976.

Certain Women, ABC (Australia), 1976.

Case for the Defence, 1976.

Buffy Turnbull, The Sullivans, Nine Network, 1976.

Bellbird, ABC (Australia), 1977.

Young Ramsay, 1977.

Waterloo Street, ABC (Australia), 1977.

Anastasia, "Life Begins at 45 R.P.M.," Bobby Dazzler, 1977.

Truckies, ABC (Australia), 1977.

Georgiana, "The Sect," Glenview High, Seven Network, 1978.

The Young Doctors, ABC-9, 1979.

Mandy Paramor, "No Strings," Chopper Squad, 1979.

Cop Shop, ABC-7, multiple episodes, between 1979 and 1981.

Olivia Baker, Skyways, Seven Network, 1980.

Fiona, "Lorelei," Bellamy, Ten Network, 1981.

Multiple roles, The Comedy Company, ABC-10 (Australia), 1987.

G.P., ABC (Australia), 1994.

Jane Martens, One of Us, 1995.

Hey Hey, It's Saturday (also known as Hey Hey, It's Saturday Night), Nine Network, 1999.

Narrator, The New Adventures of Ocean Girl, 2000.

The Panel, 2000.

The Big Schmooze, 2000.

Rove Live, 2000.

The Micallef Program, ABC (Australia), 2001.

Narrator, a recurring role, Island Life, 2002.

"Hypothetically Speaking," Welcher & Welcher, ABC (Australia), 2003.

Greeks on the Roof, 2003.

Enough Rope with Andrew Denton, ABC (Australia), 2003.

Dr. Robyn Masterton, "Second Chance: Part 1, 2, 3 & 4," MDA, ABC (Australia), 2005.

Host, What's Good for You, Nine Network, 2007.

Laura Joy Gibson, "Life-Changing Moments," 20 to 1, Nine Network, 2007.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The 32nd Annual TV Week Logie Awards, Ten Network, 1990.

Homicide30 Years On, 1994.

Co-host, The 1996 Australian Film Institute Awards, 1996.

Australia Unites: Reach Out to Asia, 2005.

Television Appearances; Other:

Christine McQuillan, The Feds (movie), 1993.

Presenter, Children at the Edge, 1993.

Issacs, Trapped in Space, 1993.

Homicide30 Years On, 1994.

Cass Meredith, Whipping Boy, 1996.

Television Work; Miniseries:

Associate producer, Great Expectations, the Untold Story (also known as Great Expectations: The Australian Story), ABC (Australia), 1986.



Mayor Wilson, Inspector Gadget 2 (also known as IG2), Buena Vista Home Video, 2003.



Sigrid Thornton Website,, June 26, 2008.