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THE fact that it’s still re­mark­able for a woman to get a big, meaty act­ing role shows there are still too few on of­fer, De­borra-Lee Fur­ness be­lieves.

En­ter­tain­ment re­mains a fairly daunt­ing land­scape for women, par­tic­u­larly those of “a cer­tain age”, the vet­eran per­former says.

It’s the abun­dance of strong fe­male char­ac­ters in Nine’s new crime thriller Hyde & Seek that drew Fur­ness back here from her sec­ond home in New York.

“Usu­ally this genre is so dom­i­nated by men, but not this se­ries,” Fur­ness says.

“I love that there are strong, in­ter­est­ing and mul­ti­di­men­sional women and the char­ac­ter I’m play­ing, Clau­dia, is just a babe. She’s sassy, in­ter­est­ing and smart.”

Clau­dia Rossini is the chief of se­cu­rity or­gan­i­sa­tion ASIO and Fur­ness ad­mits she can see parts of her­self in that de­ter­mined per­son­al­ity.

“You could say I’m a lit­tle bossy at times,” she says. “We like to play to our strengths and I do like roles where the women are smart and in charge of their des­tiny. Clau­dia re­ally be­lieves in what she does. There are a lot of ap­peal­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics that are fun to play with.”

It’s been “a while be­tween drinks” when it comes to TV roles for Fur­ness. One of her mem­o­rable small-screen roles was Cor­relli in 1995, where she met her hus­band, fel­low ac­tor Hugh Jack­man.

The pair re­cently cel­e­brated their 20-year wed­ding an­niver­sary – a big mile­stone and one not of­ten reached in Hol­ly­wood.

“Pick the right part­ner – that’s my ad­vice,” she says.

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