Jane Clifton

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Jane Clifton
Born (1949-04-10) 10 April 1949 (age 70)
  • Actress
  • singer
  • writer
  • voice-artist
  • public speaker
Years active 1970-present
Known for Margo Gaffney (Prisoner)
Singer with Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons
Website www.janeclifton.com.au

Jane Clifton (born 10 April 1949)[1] is an Australian actress, singer, writer and voice artist. Clifton was born in Gibraltar to British Army parents. In 1961 she emigrated to Perth, Australia, before later settling in Melbourne. She became a naturalised citizen of Australia in 1992.[1]

Radio and voice-over career

Clifton started out her career on Melbourne community radio stations 3CR and 3RMT-FM in the 1970s. She then worked for commercial stations 3AK, Radio National and 774 ABC. Clifton has also done voice-over work for commercials and audio books.[2]

Film, television and stage

Clifton has acted extensively in film and the stage and in various television programs. Beginning in cult favorites Stork (1971) and Pure S (1975), her films include The Clinic and A Slice of Life. Her stage roles include The Pack of Women and Mum's the Word. She has also made a number of television appearances, starting in the mid 70s with the Crawford's series Division 4, Homicide and Bluey, Against the Wind, Skyways, Holiday Island Sweet and Sour, Carson's Law and Shock Jock, but her best-known acting role is probably that of tough prison bookie Margo Gaffney in Prisoner. Clifton played the role for 107 episodes from 1980 until 1984 on an intermittent basis as the script allowed, having previously appeared in the minor role of Yvonne, from episode 9, and even appeared in the Prisoner in Concert special.

Clifton also performed with Betty Bobbitt and Colette Mann as part of a three-woman troupe, The Mini Busettes, in the 1980s in RSLs across Australia.[3]

In September 2010, it was announced that Clifton would be joining the cast of Neighbours as Judge Willow.[4] Her scenes aired in November of that year.[4]

In 2015 she appeared in the television series Doctor Blake Mysteries as Sister Josephine.


Clifton is also an accomplished singer. In the late 1970s she was a member of new wave band Stiletto which had a number of releases on the Oz label. In the early 1980s, she had several Australian hit singles, including "Taxi Mary" recorded with Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons which peaked at number 11 on the Kent Music Report, and the song "The Girl on the Wall" taken from the show The Pack of Women. She has more recently (2010) released a CD titled The Marriage Of Style.


Clifton is the author of the novels Half Past Dead and A Hand in the Bush.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Stork Student Uncredited
Division 4 Hippy Girl, Ann Mason 2 episodes
1973 Ryan Jenny Episode: "A Little Something Special"
1975 Pure S Party Girl
1975–76 Homicide Janice Thelgood, Jenny, Cheryl 3 episodes
1977 Bluey Seaboots Episode: "Father and Son"
1977 Against the Wind Convict Woman 2 episodes
1979 Skyways Shelley Episode: "The Flying Sleuths"
1981 Holiday Island Fran Episode: "Mother's Revenge"
1982 The Clinic Sharon
1983 Home Kearns 2 episodes
1983 A Slice of Life Fay
1984 Special Squad Episode: "Brothers"
1979–1984 Prisoner AKA Prisoner: Cell Block H Yvonne, Margo Gaffney 107 episodes
1981 Prisoner in Concert Margo Gaffney Television special
1986 Dancing Daze Lee Harper
1986 Five Times Dizzy Mrs. Wilson 12 episodes
1986 A Single Life Lee Television film
1988 As Time Goes By Mechanic
1989 The Power, The Passion Carla Grant
1990 The Flying Doctors Greta Episode: "The Last Carnival"
1990 A Kink in the Picasso Bella
1992 Garbo Mayor
1995 Janus Phillipa Strong Episode: "A Lawful Apprehension"
2001 Round the Twist Producer Episode: "TV or Not TV"
2002 Shock Jock Joy Gold Episode: "Cops and Dobbers"
2010 Matching Jack Fin's Doctor
Neighbours Judge Nerida Willow, Meg Fletcher 5 episodes
2014 Winners & Losers Lynette Vanderthorpe Episode: "The New Me"
2015 The Doctor Blake Mysteries Josephine Episode: "This Time and This Place"
2016 Bringing Our Stories Home Miss Mullholland Episode: "Doing Our Bit"
2017 Beast Bea Short film
2017 Lost Gully Road Mother


  1. ^ a b http://www.janeclifton.com.au/bio.html
  2. ^ http://www.janeclifton.com.au/radio.html
  3. ^ http://www.janeclifton.com.au/actress.html
  4. ^ a b "Pranita moves into Neighbourhood". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. 7 September 2010. p. 21.
  5. ^ Writers on the Road Archived 25 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine – State Library of Victoria

External links

  • Official website
  • Jane Clifton on IMDb
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