Jane Turner

Jane Turner OAM (born 1 December 1960) is an Australian actress, comedian and Logie Award-winning comedy writer.

Jane Turner

Jane Turner (Kath Day Knight) at Kath & Kimderella movie premiere.jpg
Jane Turner in character as Kath Day-Knight at the Kath & Kimderella movie premiere, in August 2012
Born (1960-12-01) 1 December 1960 (age 60)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Alma materMonash University
Known forKath and Kim


Turner has appeared in many popular Australian TV programs, namely Prisoner in a straight dramatic role, with comedy roles in sketch comedy programs The D-Generation, Fast Forward, Full Frontal, Big Girl's Blouse and Something Stupid.[1]

On Fast Forward Turner (Svetta) recorded a song with Peter Moon (Victor), called "Don't Do Your Soviet Bloc".

Kath and KimEdit

In the 2000s Turner has received accolades for her performance in Kath & Kim, an ABC (later Seven Network) comedy series which she created, wrote, produced and starred in with her longtime friend and collaborator, Gina Riley. Kath & Kim became the most successful ABC syndicated show in Australian television history. Turner plays Kath, one of the leading roles in the show and an occasional character, Prue, a shop keeper at the Fountain Gate Shopping Centre.[2]

Turner made her West End theatrical debut in the Australian hit play Holding the Man at London's Trafalgar Studios in April 2010.

Personal lifeEdit

Turner attended Sacré Cœur School in Glen Iris, Melbourne, and later studied Law at Monash University.[3] Turner graduated Monash with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988.[4] She is married to lawyer John Denton[5] and they have 3 children including model Anna Denton.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1983–84 Prisoner Belinda Johns Seasons 5−6 (recurring; 15 episodes)
1987 The D-Generation Various characters Season 2 & Seven Network specials (8 episodes)
+ Writer (7 episodes)
1989–92 Fast Forward Various characters Seasons 1–4 (lead; 90 episodes)
+ Writer (90 episodes)
1992 Bligh Mad Lottie Season 1 (guest; 1 episode)
1993 Full Frontal Various characters Season 1 (guest; 13 episodes)
1993 The Making of Nothing Pasha Television special
1993 A Royal Commission Into the Australian Economy Court Official / Travel Agent Television special
1994 Big Girl's Blouse Various characters Season 1 (main; 9 episodes)
+ Writer & producer (9 episodes)
1998 Something Stupid Various characters Season 1 (main; 6 episodes)
+ Writer & producer (6 episodes)
2002–07 Kath & Kim Kath Day-Knight / Prue Seasons 1−4 & special (33 episodes)
+ Writer & executive producer (32 episodes); producer (25 episodes)
2007 Little Britain Down Under Kath Day-Knight Television documentary
2015 Open Slather Various characters Season 1 (main; 11 episodes)
2018 Rake Senator Penny Evans Season 5 (recurring; 5 episodes)
2020 Parlement (French TV series)[7] MEP Sharon Redlion Season 1 (recurring; 10 episodes)
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Bachelor Girl Vicki Television film
1987 The Bit Part Actress in Play Feature film
1997 Thank God He Met Lizzie Anne Feature film
2002 Guru Wayne Sarg Feature film
2005 Da Kath & Kim Code Kath Day-Knight Television film (+ writer & producer)
2012 Kath & Kimderella Kath Day-Knight / Prue Feature film


  1. ^ Jane Turner at IMDb
  2. ^ Official Kath & Kim Site, http://www.kathandkim.com/
  3. ^ August Pty Ltd. "Sacré Cœur - Latest News". sacrecoeur.vic.edu.au. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Monash Graduate Database".
  5. ^ Guy, Roslyn (27 November 2004). "Turner sacrifices luxury for refugee camps". The Age.
  6. ^ Byrne, Anna (13 December 2011). "Kath's little girl is all grown up". Sunday Herald Sun.
  7. ^ "" Parlement " : la série politiquement (pas) correcte". France tv & vous (in French). Retrieved 13 April 2020.

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