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Marta Dusseldorp (born 1 February 1973) is an Australian stage, film and theatre actress. Her television credits include BlackJack, Crownies (and its spin-off Janet King), Jack Irish and A Place to Call Home.

Marta Dusseldorp
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Marta Dusseldorp in 2015
Born (1973-02-01) February 1, 1973 (age 46)[1]
Spouse(s)Ben Winspear[2]

Early life and educationEdit

Dusseldorp is the granddaughter of Dutch-born engineer Dick Dusseldorp AC, the founder of Lend Lease Corporation.[3] Her paternal grandfather was Dr Sandy Robertson AM a pre-eminent Sydney paediatrician.[4] She attended Geelong Grammar School, graduating in 1990, and the University of New South Wales, where she majored in theatre and film for two years. She then went on to study at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne.[5]


Dusseldorp played the character of Janet King in the 2011 ABC1 drama series Crownies,[6] a role she reprised in the 2014 spin-off Janet King. She is also known for the telemovie series BlackJack (2003–2007) as Sam Lawson and the 2012 Jack Irish telemovie series as Linda Hillier. She has appeared in guest roles on television series such as All Saints. She has a starring role in the ongoing series A Place to Call Home, which commenced in 2013.[7]

She won the award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play in the 2009 Helpmann Awards for her performance as Queen Margaret in Benedict Andrews' The War of the Roses with the Sydney Theatre Company.[8] Dusseldorp returned to the stage in 2016 in the premiere of Benedict Andrews' play Gloria with the Griffin Theatre Company.[9] In November 2017, Dusseldorp and her husband, Ben Winspear, will play the couple in Joanna Murray-Smith's stage adaptation of Scenes from a Marriage for the Queensland Theatre Company.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Dusseldorp is married to fellow actor Ben Winspear, and they have two children.[11]

She is an ambassador for Save the Children Australia and Australia for UNHCR .[12]

Dusseldorp was the subject of an episode of the television genealogical documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? that first screened on SBS on 14 May 2019.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Paradise Road Helen van Praagh
1998 Praise Rachel
2000 Innocence Monique
2001 Elly Elly Short film
2002 Baggage Claim Lisa Short film
2011 Burning Man Lisa
2013 The Railway Man[citation needed] Memsahib (uncredited)


Year Television show Role Notes
1992 G.P. Sophie "Dial the Universe" (#4.25)
1996 Mercury Lily-Ann Venables "Bad News Is Good News" (#1.13)
1997 Fable Sarah TV movie
1999 Halifax f.p. Glenys Lund "A Murder of Crows" (#1.14)
2000 All Saints Inspector Debbie Bloom 4 episodes
2000 Murder Call Marion Dreyfuss "Last Act" (#3.16)
2002 Kangaroo Creek Gang Actress
2002 Farscape Officer Yal Henta 2 episodes
2002 Young Lions Catherine McGregor "Boy School Bullies" (#1.5)
2003 After the Deluge Eva TV movie
2003 MDA Joanna Gilchrist 2 episodes
2004 BlackJack: Sweet Science Sam Lawson TV movie
2005 BlackJack: In the Money
2005 BlackJack: Ace Point Game
2005 Hell Has Harbour Views Helen
2006 BlackJack: Dead Memory Sam Lawson
2006 BlackJack: At the Gates
2007 BlackJack: Ghosts
2010 Rescue: Special Ops Lisa Hartigan "Locked In" (#2.3)
2011 Crownies Janet King 22 episodes
2012 Jack Irish: Black Tide Linda Hillier TV movie
2012 Jack Irish: Bad Debts
2012 Devil's Dust Meredith Hellicar 2 episodes
2013 Precinct 13 Anne Chalmers
2013–2018 A Place to Call Home Sarah Adams Main Role
2014 Jack Irish: Dead Point Linda Hillier TV movie
2014–present Janet King Janet King Lead role
2014 Life on Us Narrator
2016 Hatch, Match & Dispatch Narrator
2016-2018 Jack Irish Linda Hillier Two 6-part series


  1. ^ Screenshot, Instagram, undated, metadata: "Feb 1, 2016 at 8:06am UTC"
  2. ^ "Actor Ben Winspear plays opposite his wife Marta Dusseldorp in A Place To Call Home" by Paul Kalina, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 June 2014
  3. ^ "Rise and shine" by Catherine Keenan, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 October 2004
  4. ^ RACP Roll: Robertson, Sandy Edwin John Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  5. ^ Marta Dusseldorp: Before Janet King, I always felt I was there to serve a man's story Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Marta Dusseldorp, TV's leading lady, finds a place to call home". The Australian. 29 November 2014.
  7. ^ Byrnes, Holly (9 July 2012). "New TV lead Marta Dusseldorp has Rebecca Gibney on speed dial". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  8. ^ Melanie Kembrey (19 March 2015). "Marta Dusseldorp reveals breastfeeding cost job on Sydney Theatre Company show". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  9. ^ "Crownies' Marta Dusseldorp on stage and screen" by Steve Dow, The Saturday Paper, 27 August 2016
  10. ^ Scenes from a Marriage, production details, Queensland Theatre Company
  11. ^ Kylie Northover, "The Good Life: Lunch with Marta Dusseldorp", The Age, 8 June 2013, Life & Style, p. 3
  12. ^ "Save the Children Ambassadors". Save the Children Australia.

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