Jodi Lee Anasta (née Gordon; born 1 February 1985) is an Australian actress and model. From 2005 to 2010 she portrayed Martha MacKenzie in Home and Away. Gordon won the Logie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent in 2006. Gordon competed in the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars and made her debut feature film appearance in The Cup (2011). She has also appeared in Underbelly: Badness and Camp. From July 2016, Gordon began appearing as English teacher Elly Conway in Neighbours.
Gordon at the Sydney Black Tie For Breast Cancer Gala Ball
Jodi Lee Gordon
1 February 1985
(m. 2012; separated 2015)
Gordon was born in Mackay to Bronwyn and Ray. She has an older brother, Ben. Her father was born in New Zealand and is a New Zealander of Māori descent and her mother is Australian. From the age of 8, Gordon's family moved to various locations along the coast from Mackay, eventually settling in Sydney when she was 11. She played netball from the age of 12 to 16.
At the age of 13, Gordon won a modeling competition and gained a contract with Vivien's Modelling Agency. Her modelling led her to Japan, London and Milan, where she lived for five months. While modelling in London for two months she took the opportunity to travel through Europe recreationally.
Gordon has been the official celebrity ambassador and model for Australian lingerie brand Crystelle, Shoe label Tony Bianco, and swimwear label 2Chillies In 2013, she was announced as a new Myer ambassador. Gordon stepped down from ambassador duties with Myer in December 2017.
In 2004, while preparing to move to New York, Gordon successfully auditioned for the role of Martha MacKenzie in the long-running Australian soap opera Home and Away. For her portrayal of Martha, Gordon won a Logie award for "Most Popular New Female Talent" in 2006. The 2009 Logie awards saw Gordon nominated for "Most Popular Actress".
Gordon was a contestant on the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars. She and her partner, Stefano Oliveri, were eliminated in the fifth week, on 12 October 2008. In January 2010, it was announced that Gordon would be leaving Home and Away after almost five years. She filmed her final scenes at the end of February and they aired in June of that year. Upon leaving Home and Away, Gordon took acting lessons and attended auditions for many television shows including Cops L.A.C..
In May 2010, Gordon won her first film role in The Cup. The film, which was released in 2011, is based on Media Puzzle's win in the 2002 Melbourne Cup. Gordon plays the role of Damien Oliver's partner, Trish. In November 2010, Gordon returned to Melbourne to film her next project, Any Questions for Ben?, a Working Dog production. A writer for the Herald Sun reported that Gordon turned down an offer to appear in a ten episode reality show series documenting the lives of the wives and girlfriends of Australian sportsmen.
In February 2011, the actress returned to television in Network Nine's telemovie Blood Brothers, based on the Gilham family murders. Elle Halliwell of The Sunday Telegraph reported Gordon had been cast in the upcoming series of Underbelly titled Underbelly: Badness in April 2012. Gordon portrayed Kylie Keogh. In April 2016, it was announced that Gordon had been cast in the role of school teacher Elly Conway in Neighbours. She initially signed a three-year contract and made her first appearance in July.
On 4 March 2007, Gordon's boyfriend of two years, Chris Burkhardt, died from acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 23. In mid 2008, a storyline was introduced into Home and Away, in which Gordon's character was diagnosed with breast cancer. Gordon drew on her experience of Burkhardt's battle with leukaemia to take on the storyline.
In June 2009, Gordon was discovered by police cowering in a bedroom of a flat with Mark James Judge, an alleged biker gang member, during an armed response to an alleged attempted break in. No action was taken against Gordon or Judge for making a false report. It was further alleged by some media outlets that Gordon had disclosed to police that cocaine had been consumed on the day of the incident. Gordon later apologised for the distress the incident caused. In September 2009, Gordon made her first major public appearance since the incident at a parade for Crystelle lingerie. Following the incident, Gordon broke up with her partner, media heir Ryan Stokes.
Gordon became engaged to Sydney Roosters captain Braith Anasta in July 2011 and the couple married on 14 October 2012. On 25 August 2013, it was announced that Gordon and Anasta were expecting their first child together. Gordon gave birth to their daughter, Aleeia on 1 March 2014. Gordon and Anasta announced their separation on 11 December 2015. Gordon decided to keep her married surname, so it would be the same as her daughter's.
|2005–10||Home and Away||Martha MacKenzie|
|2008||Dancing with the Stars||Herself||Six episodes|
|2011||Blood Brothers||Sally Gilham|
|2012||Underbelly: Badness||Kylie Keogh|
|2011||The Cup||Trish Oliver|
|2012||Any Questions for Ben?||Kelly|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2006||Logie Award||"Most Popular New Female Talent"||Won|
|2009||Logie Award||"Most Popular Actress"||Nominated|
- "H&A Meet The Cast – Jodi Gordon". Channel Seven. 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- Longhetti, Chloe-Lee (28 August 2014). "Model mum Jodi Anasta delights her fans with playful pics of her and baby Aleeia". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
- "Bay Girls Interview". Baygirls. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- "Jodi Gordon sizzles for lingerie label Crystelle". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. 2 September 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- "Behind the Scenes of the winter 2010 Campaign shoot". Tony Bianco. Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- "Jodi Anasta has landed the role as a new face of Myer". The Daily Telegraph. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
- Vrajlal, Alicia (15 December 2017). "Jodi Anasta leaves Myer after five years". Yahoo7 Be. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
- "Home and Away – Jodi Gordon". RTÉ Television. RTÉ. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
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- Byrne, Fiona (28 January 2010). "Jodi Gordon quits Home and Away". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
- Kilkelly, Daniel (23 February 2010). "Jodi Gordon films final 'H&A' scenes". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
- "Big screen big break for Gordon". News.com. News Limited. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- Dennehy, Luke (21 November 2010). "Whispers: Hugh Returns to Oz for Oprah". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
- "Sporting Chance for WAGS on Reality TV". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
- "Blood Brothers: The Telemovie goes into production for Nine". Throng. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
- Halliwell, Elle (15 April 2012). "Bad is so good for Jodi Gordon as she signs up for the next Underbelly series". The Sunday Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
- "Who's who in Badness". TV Week (32): 21. 11–17 August 2012.
- Moran, Jonathon (28 April 2016). "Jodi Anasta signs on for Neighbours six years after quitting Home and Away". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- Clune, Richard and Moran, Jonathon (11 March 2007). "Jodi Gordon loses soulmate". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 6 July 2010.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
- "Jodi Gordon shares heartbreak in Home and Away". News.com. News Limited. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- Ramachandran, Arjun (5 June 2009). "False report: Home and Away star Jodi Gordon off hook". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- Lawrence, Kara and Barrett, David (5 June 2009). "Jodi Gordon's bizarre police raid". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 6 July 2010.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
- "Gordon sorry for wild night with 'bikie'". Ninemsn. 6 June 2009. Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- Field, Katherine (15 September 2009). "Jodi Gordon uses Crystelle lingerie parade to find her way, rebuild career after drugs, bikie scandal". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- Reines, Ros (20 December 2009). "Jodi Gordon and Braith Anasta ocean romance". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
- "Jodi Gordon has put Potts Point hideout on the market through McGrath real estate". news.com.au. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
- Davies, Rebecca (8 August 2011). "'Home and Away's Jodi Gordon confirms engagement". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- Christie, Joel; Harris, Amy (12 October 2012). "The wedding party starts for Braith Anasta and Jodi Gordon". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- Casamento, Jo (25 August 2013). "Mum's the word for Jodi and Braith Anasta". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Jodi and Braith Anasta welcome a baby daughter into the world". The Daily Telegraph. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- Halliwell, Elle (11 December 2015). "Jodi and Braith Anasta separate after three years of marriage". news.com.au. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
- Baker, Jordan (5 March 2016). "Jodi Anasta on her marriage breakdown and why she's keeping Braith's surname". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
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