Kaarin Fairfax biography

Kaarin Fairfax

Actor, Film actor

1959 –


Who is Kaarin Fairfax?

Kaarin Fairfax is an Australian actress and musician who played the role of 'Dolour Darcy' in two TV miniseries The Harp in the South and Poor Man's Orange based on books of the same names by Ruth Park. She has also acted in other Australian television series throughout the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, and recorded music under the name of Mary-Jo Starr. Fairfax had the role of 'Deb Mathieson' on Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV series, Bed of Roses.

Fairfax played the mother in the Rachel Perkins 2001 short film One Night the Moon, a story of racial prejudice in the outback. Fairfax is the former partner of Australian musician Paul Kelly—they met in 1988— their two children are Madeleine and Memphis. Memphis appeared with her parents in One Night the Moon, the couple separated not long after the film's release.

By 2008, Fairfax had established The Little Theatre Company in Frankston, in honour of her father George Fairfax. Fairfax directed Frankston Lights in January 2009, it was a musical which included songs co-written by Madeleine and Memphis and Robert McHugh. Kaarin has been working extensively since that time, joining forces with Sally Baillieu and directing The Wetlands Project, One Last Chance- performed in the Wetlands at Tootgarook. She runs with Sally The Lineup at Frankston Arts Centre Cube37. A musical mentorship program for young emerging Artists. In January 2012 she directed Good People for Red Stitch Actors Theatre. Her children Madeleine and Memphis have recorded their first EP with additional band member Sam Humphrey. The bands name is Wishful, the EP is called Fifty Days and it was produced by their father Paul Kelly. Kaarin and Sally have an Arts program on 3RPP Radio Port Phillip on the Mornington Peninsula, called Arts About.


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Sep 30, 1959
Also known as
  • Kaarin Louise Fairfax
  • Mary-Jo Starr
  • Australia

on July 23, 2013

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