Kirsty Child is an Australian character actress most notable for her roles in the television series Prisoner and Neighbours.

Kirsty Child
Years active1965-2013
Known forRoles on Prisoner
Neighbours as Carmel Taylor
SpousePeter Adams (1968–1999, his death)



Child first appeared on television in several character roles in Crawford Productions' series such as Homicide. Her film roles include Country Town (1971) and the Australian film adaptation of Joan Lindsay's Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975).

In 1979, Child starred in Prisoner as Anne Yates, a prison officer turned drug dealer, for 10 episodes. She returned in 1983 as Glynis Johnson, and then again in 1985 as Willie Beecham, a prominent, 51-episode role.

In 1989, she had a leading role in the drama series Inside Running, along with various guest roles on television series Cop Shop and Blue Heelers.

She played Carmel Tyler in the soap opera Neighbors in 2002 and reprised the role between 2012 and 2013.[1]

Personal life


Child is the widow of New Zealand-born Australian actor Peter Adams, who died in December 1999.

Filmography (selected)



Year Title Role Type
1971 Country Town Julie Feature film
1975 Picnic at Hanging Rock Miss. Lumley Feature film
1985 Handle with Care Shirley TV movie
1998 Crackers Charge Nurse Feature film


Year Title Role Type
1965 My Brother Jack TV miniseries, episode 1.2
1966-72 Homicide 5 character roles TV series
1970 Catalyst TV play
1971-73 Matlock Police 3 character roles TV series
1969-75 Division 4 4 character roles TV series
1980 Young Ramsay Jocelyn Scott TV series
1981 The Mike Walsh Show Guest - Herself with Peter Adams TV series, 1 episode
1981 The Patchwork Hero Aunt Ivy TV series
1977-84 Cop Shop Various roles TV series
1985 The Fast Lane Eunice TV series
1986 A Fortunate Life Mrs. Bibby TV miniseries
1979, 1985-86 Prisoner Officer Anne Yates (season 1, 1979, 10 episodes), Glynis Johnson, Willie Beecham. (1984-86, 51 episodes) TV series
1989 In Melbourne Today Guest - Herself & Peter Adams TV series, 1 episode
1989 Inside Running Beverly Lamb ABC TV series
1992 Mother and Son Meredith TV series
1991-92 Boys from the Bush Corrie TV series
1992 Bligh Nurse TV series
2001 Halifax f.p. Female Doctor TV series
1993-2001 Blue Heelers 2 character roles TV series
2009 City Homicide Elaine Shepparton TV series
2011 Winners and Losers Judy Mitchell TV series
2002-13 Neighbours Carmel Taylor TV series


  1. ^ "Family reunion on Ramsay Street". Channel 5. Northern & Shell. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012.