BARRY'S LITTLE GIRL BECOMES A DAUGHTER
Tessa Humphries is much prettier than her dad although she
isn't as famous yet as Dame Edna Everage. Not yet anyway.
Fans of Channel 7's soap Sons and Daughters have just
been introduced to Tessa. She made her television debut in the
serial last Sunday in the role of Mary Reynolds who claims to
be the long-lost daughter of Pat the Rat.
Meanwhile, her dad, satirist Barry Humphries, is preparing
for his new stage show Tears Before Bedtime which opens
at Her Majesty's next month.
Despite his busy rehearsing schedule Humphries managed to catch
Tessa's first appearance in the serial.
But says Tessa: "I did a lot of screaming in the first
episode but not a lot of acting."
She says he is supportive of her decision to go into acting
but how much influence on her he has been she is uncertain.
"He's not in Australia a lot. He's glad but he didn't
try to sway me either way really. I can't say whether he has
been an influence or not," she said.
"He's into the world of illusion really and whenever he
came back to Australia he would take my sister and me to Luna
Park and also supplied us with magic tricks. And I guess acting
is a bit like magic."
Tessa is Humphries' daughter by his first marriage to Rosalind
Hollindrake. They separated when Tessa was six and she stayed
with her mother.
"I saw him on and off through the years and he made a
big impact on me when I saw him," she said.
"But it's hard to say how close you are when you have
a parent who travels a lot. In some ways I think we really understand
She added laughing: "But it's a sort of silent communication.
We know we're there, somewhere in the world he's there and he
knows I'm here and it's like that really.
They have acted together - in the film The Getting of Wisdom
- but, says Tessa, she was only an extra. "It was just
standing up and sitting down for a couple of days," she
Originally she was interested in music and dancing. She started
dancing classes when she was six, studying classical, jazz,
tap-dancing - "and belly dancing" - but eventually
decided acting was what she wanted to do.
She attended Melbourne's St. Martin's Youth Theatre for three
years, appearing in two of its major productions. A year ago
she moved from Melbourne to Sydney.
Her first television work was in the pilot for a series called
Outback (which could yet go into a series) and soon
after began work on Sons and Daughters.
Originally she was to be in the serial for three months but
that has now been extended for another month.
In between acting, she has worked at a variety of jobs. "I
have worked in a factory, two French cake shops, and as a waitress
and a barmaid," she said.
"I've done a lot of different jobs but it has been good.
They have me an idea what it's like in different positions in
life - and also showed me which jobs I didn't want to do for
the rest of my life!"
Source: Sun Herald