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Colette Mann (born Melbourne, Australia, 16 February 1950) is an Australian actress, singer, TV presenter, choreographer and author/writer. She has played bartender Sheila Canning in Neighbours from 2012. Mann has appeared in Neighbours twice, she took over the role of Cheryl Stark in the show from actress Caroline Gillmer during the period Gillmer was off sick. Mann is also known for playing the role of Doreen Burns (née Anderson) in the Australian series Prisoner. Mann appeared in The Flying Doctors and Blue Heelers television series and the 2000 film The Dish. She has written two books and had a column in New Idea magazine.

Colette Mann
Born (1950-02-16) 16 February 1950 (age 69)
Melbourne, Australia
  • Actress
  • singer
  • television presenter
  • choreographer
  • writer
Years active1979 – present


Television acting careerEdit

In her first high-profile, and perhaps best known role, Mann appeared as Doreen Anderson (later Burns) in the Network Ten soap opera, Prisoner, for which she was an original cast member during the first four seasons (1979–1982). Mann resigned from the role in March 1982[1] to pursue other projects and her final episode (episode 304) was broadcast in August 1982. She did however make guest appearances in 1983 and 1984. She has appeared in The Flying Doctors, MDA and Blue Heelers. In 1988, Mann portrayed the role of "Edith Fraser" in the American television movie Outback Bound, which also starred American actors Donna Mills and John Schneider. From late 1995, Mann briefly took over the role of Cheryl Stark in the soap opera Neighbours for eight weeks when Caroline Gillmer was taken ill.[2] From February 2012, Mann joined the cast of Neighbours again as regular character Sheila Canning.[2]


Mann has also appeared as a presenter on many TV shows including The Don Lane Show, Hey Hey It's Saturday, What's Cooking, Good Morning Australia and The Circle. She has been a fill-in presenter for Glenn Ridge on talk back radio MTR 1377. She has also appeared on Jeremy Vine Channel 5 in July 2019.

Mann was part of a three-woman troupe in the 1980s called The Mini Busettes with fellow Prisoner actresses Jane Clifton and Betty Bobbitt. They performed for three seasons at Melbourne's Le Joke comedy venue and at many Sydney league clubs.[3]


Mann played the role of Buttercup in Opera Australia's production of HMS Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan in 2005 her portrayal of the "bumboat woman" was contrary to most performances of this role – her singing voice was more coarse than most contraltos or mezzo-sopranos who tackle this role. Mann also appeared on stage as Shirley, the battleaxe owner of Broken Hill pub, in Priscilla Queen of the Desert - the Musical in 2010.[4]


Mann has been a regular feature writer in New Idea magazine. She wrote about her life and that of her sons. She has also written two books, It's A Mann's World (1990) and Give Me A Break (2002).[5]


Year Title Role
1974 The Champion (TV movie)
1974 Between Wars Student in revue
1978 Cop Shop (TV series) Chris
1983 Kitty and the Bagman Doris de Salle
1988 Outback Bound (TV movie (Sally)
1991 The Flying Doctors Grace/Trisha
1993 Stark ( TV mini-series) Dixie
1994 The Snowy Mountain: The McGregor Saga (TV movie) Mrs . Carney
1995 The Client (TV series) Lorraine
1995-1996 Neighbours (TV series) Cheryl Stark
(23 episodes)
1997 JAG (TV serial) E.R. nurse
1999 Part of Five (TV series) Nurse
2000 The Dish film Betty the Bush Poet
2003 MDA (TV series) Daphne Lowe
2003 Blue Heelers (TV series) Denise Pertucci
2005 H.M.S Pinafore Little Buttercup
2009 Just Desserts (short) Frances
2011 Sleuth 101 Ann
2013 By a Loved One (short) Mother
2014 Grace Under Water
2016/2017 Neighbours: Summer Stories and Neighbours VS Time Travel Sheila Canning
Major Role (1979-1984) Prisoner also known as Prisoner: Cell Block H (UK and USA) and Caged Woman (Canadian working title) Dorreen Anderson Burns
2012-present Neighbours Sheila Canning

Selected appearancesEdit

Year Title Role
1972 The Matt Flinders Show (TV series)
1986 Punchlines (special)
1994 Kilroy' (TV series)
1995 Sale of the Century (game show) contestant
1997 Breaking News
2002 History's Mysteries (documentary)
2005 Good Morning Australia (GMA) with Bert Newton
2006 Crown Australian Celebrity Poker Challenge
2006 Temptation (game show)
2009 Guide to the Good Life Presenter
2010 Spicks and Specks panel
2011 A Current Affair Prisoner cast reunion
2012 The Circle
Various 20 to 1 (now known as 20 to One)
2015 The Living Room Guest
2016 All Star Family Feud celebrity guest
2019 Loose Women


  1. ^ "Soap Stars Quit" – TV Week, published 20 March 1982, p.03.
  2. ^ a b "Chris Milligan set to Mann up". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  3. ^ Clifton, Jane. "Biography". Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical – The Show". Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  5. ^ Atomic Software Solutions – Australia. "Colette Mann". Great Expectation. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2011.

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