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Briony Behets (born in 1952, United Kingdom) is a British-born actress who found fame acting in Australian soap operas of the 1970s.


Early life

Behets' father worked as a civil engineer, it took him around the world and as a result much of Behets' childhood was spent in Germany, Africa and Sierra Leone before returning to England. At age 17 she was accepted into the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, studying there for two years. After completing the course she travelled to the United States as part of a student exchange project, working there as a nightclub dancer.


At age 19, she travelled to Australia to take a regular role in comedy series Birds in the Bush (1972), and decided to stay in the country when production ceased on the series after 13 episodes.

Behets subsequently enjoyed several high-profile television roles in Australia. She was an original cast member of adult soap opera Number 96 in 1972 but her character was written out of the serial after only a few months. She was subsequently a member of the original cast of another adult soap The Box starting 1974, and her role in that series lasted 14 months. After leaving The Box she appeared for a short stint in Bellbird before taking an on-going role in school-based teen soap Class of '75.

Behets was also a longtime weather presenter on ATV-10 Melbourne's news bulletins during the mid 1970s. She also acted in television guest starring roles in Australian and US drama series, including Homicide, Matlock Police, Bluey, and Chopper Squad in the 1970s. In women's prison soap opera Prisoner in 1979 she portrayed Susan Rice, the unbalanced wife of a popular celebrity.

Film roles included the co-lead with Judy Morris in The Trespassers (1976)[1] for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Award, Raw Deal (1977), Inside Looking Out (1977),[2] Long Weekend (1978).[3]

Later TV guest roles include A Country Practice, The Flying Doctors and Murder, She Wrote in the 1980s. Later soap roles included appearances in Possession as the mother of a spoiled child actor, in Neighbours as the mother of regular character Jane Harris, and in E Street as the mother of Lisa Bennett. She acted in feature film Cassandra in 1986.

Starting 1990, she was a regular lead in the Granada Television soap Families. Into the 2000s, she continued acting in Australian television series and miniseries. In the 2000s she also guest starred in some US drama series such as JAG. She returned to Neighbours in July 2008, in another role as a romantic interest for Harold Bishop. She also played the part of Mrs. Reg #2 in The Saddle Club series 3.


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