Roxane Wilson | Actress


Roxane Wilson

Roxane Wilson was born in Durban, South Africa, to an Italian mother and an English father who themselves were actors. Destined for a life in the entertainment industry, Roxane knew from a very early age that she wanted to be an actor. In early 1970 her family moved via London to Australia, where they spent several years based in Sydney, touring with The Delltones, her stepfather Ian ‘Peewee’ Wilson’s vocal harmony band. After a couple of years in Sydney, her parents decided to put show business on hold to devote themselves to raising their family. This decision saw them move to Eungai Creek, on the New South Wales mid-north coast, where they had a 50-acre organic vegetable farm. For Roxane this was an idyllic lifestyle: when she wasn't at school, she was exploring the bush, camping, swimming in creeks, and horse riding.

In the early 1980s Roxane and her family moved back to Sydney, where she was able to pursue her passion for acting. She joined the Rocks Players drama school, paying for her tuition with money she was earning from a highly lucrative modeling career. After four years of prolific modeling work in Australia, Roxane was invited by both Parisian model agency Elite and Wilhelmina's in New York to join their stables. With her commitment for acting foremost in her mind, Roxane chose to go to New York with Wilhelmina's, where she spent the next three years travelling the world modeling, as well as continuing her acting training at the famous HB studio in New York, and in the Meisner technique, as well as taking further drama training with Robert Modica.

Roxane returned to Australia in 1990 and devoted herself to acting. It wasn't long before she was cast in the lead female role in the Nine Network's Family and Friends. When the show finished, Roxane moved to Perth to study theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Past students of the academy include Hugh Jackman, Frances O'Connor, Lisa McCune and William McInnes. After graduating, she returned to Sydney where she has worked extensively in theatre, film and television.

In the theatre, she had feature roles in plays including Noel Coward's Private Lives, Practical Mamet, Edward Albee's Finding The Sun and Freak Winds by Marshall Napier. Audiences in Australia also know Roxane through her television work in Water Rats, Stingers and The Alice.

In 2001 Roxane married fellow actor Grant Bowler and they left Australia for Los Angeles, USA, to further their careers. During this time she took a sabbatical from acting to become a mother to their daughter Edie and to assist Grant in establishing them in the Los Angeles. This meant moving between Los Angeles, New Zealand and Sydney. During one return to Sydney Roxane and Grant’s son Ezekiel was born. A month later Roxane returned to work as one of the leads in the television series The Alice, and shortly after that the lead in the film Punishment.

Whilst in Australia, Roxane was a regular tutor at the well-respected Australian film and television school, Screenwise, as well as taking on guest roles in many television series, including the popular and long-running series Home and Away with fellow actor Georgie Parker.

During the same period, Roxane was “Angie 4 “ one of 8 Angie leads in the confronting independent film Black and White and Sex, the directorial debut of John Winter, best known for producing Rabbit-Proof Fence, Doing Time for Patsy Cline and Paperback Hero. The film has been unanimously critically acclaimed.

In addition Roxane played the lead role in the short film Emily written and directed by the celebrated student Benjamin Mathews from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. The film Emily has won awards in Australia and Belgium, as well as being officially selected for the St Kilda Festival in Melbourne, the Cannes Festival in France and the Etudes Panorama in Poland. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts in Los Angeles has also nominated it for the best student foreign film.

In 2012 Roxane returned to Los Angeles where she now resides.