Christie Whe­lan Browne

At home with This Wrong Girl ac­tor gets it right

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She might play vac­u­ous, over-the-top Nikki in The Wrong Girl, but Mel­bur­nian ac­tor Christie Whe­lan Brown is much more a home girl who is get­ting things right.

Christie and hus­band Ro­han Browne ren­o­vated their first prop­erty five years ago, cre­at­ing a calm oa­sis in their oth­er­wise busy worlds.

“In this in­dus­try you’re al­ways in a state of high en­ergy, es­pe­cially on stage, so this is where I can re­boot. Ev­ery­one who comes over here says the same thing. It feels warm and homely,” she says.

“I never thought I would be able to feel as com­fort­able and re­laxed any­where but my fam­ily home that I grew up in, but Ro­han and I have man­aged to cre­ate that in our own home.”

That said, Christie does ad­mit the happy cou­ple have very dif­fer­ent in­te­rior de­sign pref­er­ences. While she prefers a neu­tral pal­ette and clean lines, Ro­han likes splashes of colour.

“The green bar stools were his idea and they are a bone of con­tention. He thought there was too much white space in the house say­ing ‘I feel like I’m liv­ing in a hospi­tal’ — but they’ll be gone soon.”

One thing they can both ap­pre­ci­ate is the nat­u­ral light that floods through the prop­erty. Aside from up­dat­ing the kitchen and put­ting down new floor­boards, the orig­i­nal back wall was knocked out to make way for bi-fold doors, which now open up to a back deck with planter boxes and a bar­be­cue.

Christie and Ro­han bought five years ago and, while ile it’s their first home, it won’t be their for­ever home.

“We were just try­ing to break into the mar­ket as itt was peak­ing, and it was feel­ing like an im­pos­si­bil­ity,” she says.

“This is our first home, but I don’t think we can make ake any more ad­di­tions to it, and that in­cludes a baby and da a dog (to be called Piggy). At some point, we will have to move on.”


It doesn’t work but I just love the look of an open fire­place. I light candles around it so the idea of a flame is there. We have the TV mounted above it on the wall.


I al­ways like to have candles through the house. I have 100 half burnt ones, so Ro­han’s for­bid­den me from buy­ing any more un­less I use the ones I al­ready have.

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