Holly Brisley

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Holly Brisley
Holly Brisley.jpg
Holly on a break from filming Home and Away.
Born(1978-01-11) 11 January 1978 (age 37)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Spouse(s)Paul Ford (2006–present)
ChildrenWillow Jade Ford (2012)
Levi Harper Ford (2009)
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Holly Brisley
Holly Brisley.jpg
Holly on a break from filming Home and Away.
Born(1978-01-11) 11 January 1978 (age 37)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Spouse(s)Paul Ford (2006–present)
ChildrenWillow Jade Ford (2012)
Levi Harper Ford (2009)

Holly Brisley (born 11 January 1978) is an Australian actress and television presenter. She began her career at the age of 15 on Agro's Cartoon Connection (1995–97) and more recently portrayed Amanda Vale-Baker on Home And Away (2005–09). Her most successful film roles include Garage Days (2001) and The Crop (2002).

Early life[edit]

Brisley was born in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. As Holly grew up, she excelled at speech and drama and joined the Paradise Performer's Dance Academy, where she participated in various classes such as jazz, ballet and tap dancing, and also took part in eisteddfods, winning many awards.[citation needed]


By the age of 13 she was on the books of the Studio Search Agency on the Gold Coast, with her first roles being the Australian telemovies The Flood: Who Will Save Our Children? in 1993 and Official Denial in 1994.

It was not until Holly began her regular television career in 1995 on the Logie Award winning children’s program Agro's Cartoon Connection that she began to receive recognition. She would later host The Looney Tunes Show in a more adult style, along with World's Craziest Videos and various shows for Foxtel. Holly was ranked 5th (2000) and 29th (2001) in FHM's Australia's 100 Sexiest Women.

Brisley maintained her acting career throughout this period with some of her notable roles being in Garage Days, The Crop and Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure.

After various guest appearances and hosting gigs, Holly was featured in Dancing with the Stars in 2005, and then landed the permanent role of town vixen Amanda Vale on soap opera Home and Away, where she remained for two years. In February 2008, Holly briefly returned to Home and Away, reprising her role again in July 2009 and leaving in mid August 2009. Holly has said she would love to return to Home and Away.

Over the years, Holly has worked (at one stage or another) for most networks, including Channel 10 and Foxtel, but mostly she has worked for Channel 7 and 9.

In 2008, Holly voiced the title character in the ABC children's series CJ the DJ which has screened in Australia from late 2009 to early 2010. Holly played the female lead Tara in the feature film Sinbad and the Minotaur (2011).

Personal life[edit]

Brisley's family moved from Adelaide to the Gold Coast while she was still very young.

Holly became engaged to marketing executive Paul Ford in Venice in 2005 and they married on 11 February 2006 in Manly, Sydney. They exchanged vows in the Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel, in the grounds of St Patrick's and overlooking the ocean.

Holly gave birth to their son, Levi Harper Ford, at the Royal North Shore Private Hospital on 16 July 2009. On 20 July 2012 Holly gave birth to the couple second child, a daughter Willow Jade Ford.[1]

Holly has Coeliac Disease, and appeared on the cover of "The Australian Coeliac" September 2005 edition.[2]

In July 2010, Holly climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa for a charity trek, whereby she raised $50,000 for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, a worthy cause that helps sick children. She had a near death experience having contracted pulmonary edema caused by the high altitude but is in good health now.

Awards and nominations[edit]

On 1 June 2005, She received a Film Award for 'Best Actress – Feature Film' at the New York Film & Video Festival for her portrayal of "Geraldine" in the Australian film The Crop. The movie also won 'Best International Feature'.


1993The Flood: Who Will Save Our Children?Tonya Smith
1994Official DenialDos
1999Nowhere To LandJenny
2001Garage DaysScarlet
2002The CropGeraldineNew York Independent Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Scooby-DooTraining Video Woman
2003The Matrix ReloadedWoman in restaurant
MermaidsYoung Betty
2004Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty PleasureHeather Locklear
2006Me or YouPsychiatristShort film
2007Devil's GatewaySamantha Davies
2008The FuryScarlet
2011Sinbad and The MinotaurTara
1995–1997Agro's Cartoon ConnectionHost / Reporter
1999–2001BeastmasterHaisa / Kodd2 episodes
2000Olympic Games Opening CeremonyReporter
All SaintsJanelle1 episode
Introducing Hang ZhouPresenterBBC World
The Wright StuffGuest PanellistFive Documentary
2001It's Your Go!Host
2002The Looney Tunes ShowHost
2003White Collar BlueAmber
Big Brother: The InsiderPanelist
2004Escape With ETReporter
2005Dancing with the StarsContestantFinished 3rd place
2005–2006World's Craziest VideosHost
2005–2009Home and AwayAmanda Vale-Baker05-07 on contract, 08-09 guest star
2006Get NickedHost
Good as Gold: Our Brightest StarsHost
2009The Spearman ExperimentContributor
CJ the DJCJVoice role


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Preceded by
Justin Melvey & Kym Johnson
Dancing with the Stars (Australia) third place contestant
Season 2 (Early 2005 with Mark Hodge)
Succeeded by
Ian "Dicko" Dickson & Leanne Bampton