After studying drama and journalism at university, Mary began her career in the Entertainment Industry. As a writer/performer she worked with the Handspan Theatre Company. She then appeared in the record breaking theatrical shows Wogs Out of Work, Acropolis Now - Live on Stage, Wog-A-Rama and her own one woman show Waiting for Effie which toured nationally throughout Australia. Mary also starred in the critically acclaimed Effie X-Posed, which played an extended season in Melbourne.

Mary later took on the role of a dog in the New York comedy Sylvia for the Melbourne Theatre Company. It received rave reviews and played to a sold out season at The Wharf Theatre Sydney.

She has appeared as the unstoppable Effie in five seasons of the TV sitcom series Acropolis Now, as well as writing eight episodes. She also appeared as Constable Julie Makris in the police drama series Skirts, Good Guys Bad Guys and as lawyer Louise Arden in the award winning drama Wildside.

Mary has also hosted the televised Australian Film Institute Awards.

Her film credits includes Mull, for which she received an AFI nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Nirvana Street Murder, and Hercules Returns. As Effie she worked on Melbourne's FOX FM breakfast team and recorded the hit single "Amigos Para Siempre" (Friends for Life) with Norman Gunston and appeared as guest host for The Norman Gunston Show.

Mary has a Logie Award and Variety Heart Club Award for Best Comedy Performer.


Mary was outstanding! The audience loved her and the material was extremely funny and well prepared. She is a hard act to follow for next year!
- Mirvac Hotels

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