Colette Mann’s enduring career has spanned nearly four decades.
In May 2012, Colette debuted on Neighbours as Sheila, the matriarch of the wayward Canning clan which includes her grandson, Ramsay Street’s lovable handyman Kyle played by Christopher Milligan.
“Like my own two sons, Chris is still wondering what has hit him,” joked Colette.
The Melbourne born actress is no stranger to the studio where the nightly soap is filmed. In 1995 she was an emergency fill-in for the show’s regular and good friend Caroline Gillmer when she became suddenly ill.
“I was hired on the Friday and started on the Monday, I had 42 scenes in the first week,” explains Colette. “They would word me up while the other cast were wheeled in and say, ‘this is your son and you don’t get along’, and roll tape.”
Colette spent three years from 1979 to 1982 filming the iconic Prisoner series in the same studios. Thirty years later, Prisoner has a cult following and her character, Doreen Anderson is still revered by fans worldwide.
She has featured in many other television dramas including The Flying Doctors, MDA, The Man From Snowy River, Stark and Sleuth 101.
Colette has a long history with light entertainment and Lifestyle programs such as The Don Lane Show, Good Morning Australia, What’s Cooking and more recently as a regular guest host on TEN’s The Circle.
Theatre is also a passion and her credits include HMS Pinafore, Mum’s The Word II Teenagers, The Vagina Monologues, Priscilla – Queen of the Desert and the lead role in I Do I Do.
The author of two books and a weekly columnist, Colette lives in Melbourne’s inner city with her two sons.