Feb. 5th, 1956
Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK
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Woodburne was born in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Her father was a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. She has two older siblings: John and Stephen. At age three she emigrated with her family to Australia. The family assumed that her father would be able to join the Australian police on arrival, but, owing to various rules and regulations, he was unable to do so. Woodburne grew up in Frankston, Victoria and attended Forest Hill Primary School, Monterey Secondary College, and Karingal High School.
Alongside future Neighbours castmate Janet Andrewartha, Woodburne attended the National Theatre Drama School and graduated in 1980. Following her graduation, Woodburne played Josie in the mini-series Outbreak of Love.
Woodburne is best known for two long-running soap opera roles. The first was Julie "Chook" Egbert in Prisoner, a role she played from 1985 to 1986. (The poem read by Julie in episode 582 of Prisoner was penned by Woodburne herself.) This was followed by the role of Susan Kennedy in Neighbours, a role she has played since 1994.
Woodburne previously played the sister of Alan Fletcher in Cop Shop in 1982-1983, before they were cast as husband and wife Karl and Susan in Neighbours.
Other soap opera roles include a brief appearance in Sons and Daughters playing Patricia Dunne in a flashback, A Country Practice, and The Young Doctors where she played Maggie Gordon from 1980 to 1981.
In 2005, she was nominated for the Best Female Performance in a Soap Opera award at the international Rose d'Or television festival, but was beaten by English actress Lesley-Anne Down.
- Played the sister of 'Alan Fletcher' (qv) in _"Cop Shop" (1977)_ (qv) and now plays his wife in _"Neighbours" (1985)_ (qv).
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