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Olivia Wenholz

Olivia Wenholz (nee Harkin) made her start in theatre and television as a child actor in Melbourne, then made another start in her late twenties in Canberra, and hopes to come back to the stage again now in her late forties. Acting highlights include playing the lead role in a 12-part ABC TV children’s miniseries ‘C/- The Bartons’ at the age of 11; and being nominated for Best Actor in a Lead Role at the Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) Awards in 2004 for ‘Eddie’ in Absolutely Fabulous.


  • A Bunch of Fives – One of the five 5-minute monologues, The Street Theatre, ACT, 2004.
  • AbFab – Absolutely Fabulous, lead role as ‘Eddie’, 2004, UC Players, nominated for a CAT
    Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role.
  • Cosi, ensemble role as ‘Julie’ the drug addict, 2003, directed by Anne Somes, Free-Rain
    Theatre Company at the Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre, ACT.
  • Gross Indecency – The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, principal role as ‘Constance Wilde’,
    directed by Angela Punch McGregor, 2002, Canberra REP, ACT.
  • The Year It Fell Apart, lead role, original play written and directed by Helen Cahill 1991,
  • and multiple youth theatre workshops, improvisations, classes and productions. 1980 – 1998,
    Warrandyte Theatre Group, VIC.

Musical Theatre

  • BUDDY – The Buddy Holly Story, ‘Maria Elena’s aunt’, 2007, directed by Stephen Pike. SUPA Productions Inc, staged at the ANU Arts Centre, ACT
  • Fiddler On The Roof, ‘The Fiddler’ silhouette, 2004, directed by Anne Somes, Canberra Philharmonic Society, staged at Erindale Theatre, ACT.
  • CHICAGO, ensemble role as ‘Go-To-Hell-Kitty’, 2003, Canberra Philharmonic Society, staged at Erindale Theatre, ACT.
  • GREASE – The Musical, principal role as ‘Marty’, one of the Pink Ladies, 2003, G-String Productions, staged at The Street Theatre, ACT.
  • FAME – The Musical, principal role as ‘Grace “Lambchops” Lamb’ the tomboy drummer chick, 2002, G-String Productions, staged at The Street Theatre, ACT.
  • Open Season, lead role as ‘Polly’ in this original comedy musical, 1998, Warrandyte Theatre Group, VIC.

Television & Film

  • Lucy’s Heart, ‘Mrs Brown’, short comedy film, 2006, EOR Media Productions, NSW.
  • Phoenix, teenage rape victim, police drama series, 2 episodes, 1991, ABC Television, VIC.
  • C/- The Bartons, lead role as ‘Elly Barton’, 12-part children’s miniseries, 1987, ABC Television and syndicated throughout Europe until 1994.
  • SnowWhite and the Dreadful Dwarves, lead role as ‘SnowWhite’, children’s twisted fairytale, written by Jan Sardi, 1985, produced at Open Channel and screened as part of the Kaboodle series, ABC Television, VIC.