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Jane Clifton

Author, Entertainer

Jane Clifton is the genuine show-business all-rounder. Actress, singer and, more recently, published crime novelist, Jane is often asked if there is anything she can’t do, to which she simply replies ‘Ballet and making money.’

Haven’t I seen you before?

It’s not unlikely … I fronted the feminist band Stiletto on Countdown, and I was part of the stageshows Mum’s The Word and Menopause – The Musical. I had two top 10 pop singles “Girl on The Wall” and “Taxi Mary” (with Jo Jo Zep). I also had a string of roles in early Aussie TV shows such as Division 4, Homicide, Ryan, Bluey, and even Holiday Island. But I’m best known for my role as Margo in Prisoner.

What other jobs have you had?

Actress, singer, waitress, teacher, venue manager, actors’ agent, factory hand, barmaid, and abalone sheller – but that didn’t go so well.

Where were you born?

Gibraltar, and my life saw me move around a lot. I am currently finishing a memoir in which I revisit every house I ever lived in — all thirty-two of them.

What are you passionate about?

Football and words.

What themes are recurring in your work?

No one thing — my CV proves that I tend to jump around between things a bit! But that’s what makes my stories interesting. I suppose you could draw a line from my work in Prisoner to my having three crime novels published … but that’s about as far as my connection to crime goes!

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Jane Clifton’s visit was wonderful and we had a fantastic turn out. Jane had the entire audience engaged for the full hour and all enjoyed her humour and stories. Would highly recommend

—J. Wembridge, Senior Library Programs Officer, East Gippsland Shire Library, June 2016

Jane was very approachable and generous in sharing all aspects of her writing & acting career.

—K.Gilbert, Maribyrnong Library Service, November 2014

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