Three’s com­pany in ac­tor Christie Whe­lan Browne’s home


ON her bed­side ta­ble, the ac­tor keeps a copy of Zoe Foster Blake’s fourth novel, The Wrong Girl. She read it while on tour in Perth about four years ago as a rem­edy to feel­ing lonely. In one of life’s quirky twists, Whe­lan Browne is now play­ing the char­ac­ter of Nikkii Stead­man in Chan­nel 10’s hit adap­ta­tion of the book (Wed­nes­days at 8.30pm)

For Whe­lan Browne, the book is a re­minder of how life can de­liver won­der­ful things. She de­scribed be­ing part of The Wrong Girl as one of “the best work ex­pe­ri­ences I’ve ever had”.

Whe­lan Browne is mar­ried to ac­tor Ro­han Browne and the cou­ple, who find spend­ing time at home pre­cious, live in Heidelberg. She is in re­hearsal for the Mel­bourne Theatre Com­pany’s The Odd Cou­ple and he is play­ing the lead role in Dainty Group’s tour of Sin­gin’ in the Rain.

Typ­i­cal Satur­day morn­ing

If we are not work­ing, we start the day with a cup of tea and Ro­han plays his records. He loves to be sur­rounded by mu­sic, so morn­ings are al­ways filled with him play­ing his records. He’s got lots of them.

On my bed­side ta­ble

Per­fumes, jew­ellery, a lamp and my copy of The Wrong Girl. Its place­ment is not con­trived or staged — it serves as a re­minder of how tough times can turn into won­der­ful times.

Se­cret do­mes­tic skill

My life is now spent pick­ing white cat hair off ev­ery­thing I own. The other day I pulled out of my vac­uum an amount of hair that could have be­come a new cat.

Sig­na­ture dish

Chicken stir-fry. I cook food that I grew up with. It’s pretty sim­ple; there are not a lot of spices. I have the taste­buds of a five-year-old child!

Ideal night in

Ro­han cook­ing us din­ner and hav­ing friends over. We love hav­ing a din­ner party at home. Luck­ily, Ro­han is a great cook. We also love to get into a good TV se­ries and snug­gle up in bed and watch it and eat snacks.

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