Arianthe Galani (born 9 April 1940),[1] is an Australian actress born in New Zealand[2] of Greek descent.

Actress rolesEdit

Galani played a regular role in soap opera Number 96 as Aunt Maria Panucci from late 1976 until the end of the series in August 1977, and then took a regular role in Australian Broadcasting Corporation situation comedy series Home Sweet Home (1980). Both roles were as fiery Italian mothers.

Between these roles she made appearances in Prisoner as Mrs Bentley, a woman who had buried a baby alive, the crime was later blamed on Lynn Warner as the perpetrator (Kerry Armstrong). Though her appearances were brief, the character played a crucial role in one of the show's original storylines, and with the program's international success is probably Galani's most widely seen portrayal.

Other television credits include: Matlock Police, Homicide, The Young Doctors, A Country Practice, The Flying Doctors, Home and Away, Police Rescue, Murder Call, Something in the Air, All Saints and Blue Heelers.

Galani also features in a series of television adverts for Jalna Greek Yoghurt and Mortein.


  1. ^ "Natalie Hall Management - Arianthe Galani". Archived from the original on 27 June 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  2. ^ Giles, Nigel "NUMBER 96", published by Melbourne Books ISBN 978-1-925556-00-1

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