Bridie Carter

Bridie Carter (born 18 December 1970) is an Australian actress best known for her role as the main character of Tess Silverman McLeod on the television drama series McLeod's Daughters.

Bridie Carter
Born (1970-12-18) 18 December 1970 (age 49)
Years active1976–present
Michael Wilson
(m. 2004)

Early lifeEdit

Bridie was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, the eldest of three children. She has two younger brothers. Her mother, Kiffy Rubbo, was a gallery director.[1]


Carter has been acting since the age of six and started her first classes at the Bouverie Street Theatre in Carlton, Melbourne. She graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1994.[2] She is perhaps best known for her starring role as Tess Silverman McLeod in the hit Nine Network television series McLeod's Daughters;[3] she appeared on the show for its first six seasons. She was nominated for many Silver and Gold Logies for her performance as Tess McLeod,[4][5][6][7] including the industry-voted Most Outstanding Actress in 2004.

Carter's recent television credits include Wild Boys for the Seven Network and Rescue: Special Ops for the Nine Network, both in 2011. Other television credits include G.P., Water Rats, All Saints, Home and Away, Murder Call, and Above the Law, where she had the starring role of Senior Constable Debbie Curtis.

In 2009, she reunited with her McLeod's Daughters costar Aaron Jeffery in A.R. Gurney's Love Letters. She appeared in No Names No Packdrill at Sydney's Parade Theatre in 2006.

Personal lifeEdit

In early May 2004, she married clothing designer Michael Wilson; they have two children.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Fresh Air E
1999 The New Girlfriend Kirsty
2010 I Love You Too Marie
2011 There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake Mother Short
2011 Ragtime Kate Short
2012 The Things My Father Never Taught Me Mary Short
2015 Skin Carol Short
2015 Nostalgia Carolyn Short
2016 Emo the Musical Mrs. Doyle


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Home and Away Toni Jarvis Recurring role
1996 G.P. Dr. Amanda Selwyn "Sing Me a Lullaby"
1997 Simone de Beauvoir's Babies Dating Agent TV miniseries
1997 Kangaroo Palace Dianne TV film
1997 Water Rats Joanne Calvert "Blood Trail", "Dead or Alive"
1998 All Saints Karen McCarthur "Cards on the Table"
1999 Home and Away Brooke Taylor Recurring role
2000 Above the Law Debbie Curtis Main role
2000 Murder Call Jessica Millay "Done to Death"
2001 My Husband My Killer Janey TV film
2001–06 McLeod's Daughters Tess Silverman McLeod Main role
2011 Rescue: Special Ops Stephanie Rouse "The Dunes"
2011 Wild Boys Victoria "1.3"
2014 It's a Date Sharna "Should You Re-Connect with an Old Flame?"
2015–2018 800 Words Jan Recurring role
2021 Home and Away Susie McCalister Regular role

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • 2003 Nominated: Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress (McLeod's Daughters)
  • 2004 Nominated: Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress (McLeod's Daughters)
  • 2004 Nominated: Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (McLeod's Daughters)
  • 2005 Nominated: Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress (McLeod's Daughters)
  • 2005 Nominated: Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television (McLeod's Daughters)
  • 2006 Nominated: Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television (McLeod's Daughters)


  1. ^ "Biography for Bridie Carter". Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Archived Document". Archived from the original on 12 April 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-28.
  3. ^ "Bridie Carter as Tess Silverman McLeod". Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Australian Television: 2003 Logie Awards".
  5. ^ "Australian Television: 2004 Logie Awards".
  6. ^ "Australian Television: 2005 Logie Awards".
  7. ^ "Australian Television: 2006 Logie Awards".

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Kate Ceberano & John-Paul Collins
Dancing with the Stars (Australia) winner
Season 7 (Late 2007 with Craig Monley)
Succeeded by
Luke Jacobz & Luda Kroitor