Melissa Bonne

It’s the spice of life that most in­ter­ests this ver­sa­tile ac­tor

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Melissa Bonne might be a new­comer to cook­ing curry, but she has ben­e­fited from the know-how of a good teacher. “I only re­cently started cook­ing it which is re­ally sad con­sid­er­ing I was born in Zim­babwe,” the ac­tor says.

“Noth­ing beats my gran’s, mum’s or Aunty Me­d­ina’s cur­ries, so I just never saw the point in try­ing to cook it my­self. But ever since mum taught me how to make a veg­e­tar­ian ver­sion, curry pow­der has be­come the most im­por­tant thing to have in the kitchen cup­board.”

Born in Zim­babwe, Melissa and her fam­ily came to Aus­tralia when she was five, and she grew up in the Hills Dis­trict of Syd­ney.

For the past four years, Melissa has lived in Red­fern in a three-storey ter­race with a court­yard, shar­ing with two good friends she met while study­ing at The Ac­tor’s Pulse act­ing school in Red­fern.

“It’s cen­tral to ev­ery­thing, we’ve got re­ally cool cafe­safes and bars close by,” Melissa says.

“We all have our own lit­tle things we like and we don’t re­ally have an or­der or any­thing — our mismatch feels like it all works.”

Next week Melissa will take to the stage in John Os­borne’s Look Back In Anger at the Old Fitz Theatre in Wool­loomooloo.

Melissa plays Ali­son, the wife of the main char­ac­ter Jimmy.

“When it first pre­miered, the play pretty much re­de­fined Bri­tish theatre,” Melissa says. “It’s the 60thh an­niver­sary this year since the show first played in post-war Lon­don.”

“It starts four years into their mar­riage and she’s kind of lost her­self,” Melissa says. “The mar­riage is re­ally rocky and it just un­folds from there.”

Crys­tal tree

This crys­tal tree was a gift from a dear friend of mine who has made a huge im­pact in my life. Given it’s a tree, it re­minds me to stay grounded and also to breathe.


This is my re­hearsal part­ner most of the time be­cause when I’m pre­par­ing for ac­tual re­hearsals or au­di­tions and I do a lot of read­ing and re­search with it.

Fil­tered cof­fee ma­chine

Fil­tered cof­fee­of­fee from this beau­ti­ful ma­chine is my go-to when I’m study­ing scripts be­cause it t is such a com­fort. One cup is al­ways plenty. enty.

Curry pow­der

Since Mum taught me how to make a veg­e­tar­ian curry, curry pow­der has be­come the most im­por­tant thing in the kitchen.

Belle Vans

When my sis­ter brought these back for me from New York I al­most fell off my bed with ex­cite­ment. I love Beauty And The Beast. Also, I can wear them with just about any­thing in my closet.

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