Actress and author who impresses Australians
Mary Coustas is a Greek-Australian actress. She became popular by her character roles in “Wogs Out of Work” and in the TV comic show “Acropolis Now” and as well as in the stage sequel “Wogorama”. She has appeared also in films such as “Nirvana St Murder”, “Hercules Returns” and “Mull” for which she received an AFI nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Mary Coustas was born on 16 September 1964 in Melbourne. Her family comes from Florina.
Coustas’s other numerous television appearances include “Wildside”, “Grass Roots”, “Secret Life of Us”, “Rake”, “Effie Just Quietly” and “Greeks on the Roof” and she is an icon in Australian comedy.
For her work in comedy she has won a Logie Award and a Variety Award.
In 2003, she published her first book titled “Effie’s Guide to Being Up Yourself”. In 2013 she published her second book “All I know: a memoire of love, loss and life” where she looked back over her career, and reflected on the lives and deaths of her father, grandmother and daughter. Coustas shed light in her situation after years of trying to fall pregnant. Over her 10-year quest to become a mother she endured IVF treatment, miscarriages, using donor eggs and devastatingly falling pregnant with triplets, facing selective reduction and then giving birth to a stillborn daughter. On 28 November 2013 she had her daughter Jamie.
«My dream of christening our daughter Jamie in Tinos, Greece where I prayed for her 15 months earlier finally came true.» she said in an interview.
She has a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University, Melbourne majoring in Performing Arts with a sub major of Journalism, Anthropology and Psychology.
Since 2005, she is married with George Betsis and she has a daughter, Jamie.