BACK TO WORST
After taking time out to put family first, Annie Jones is back on screen and bringing energy to her role in Worst Year of My Life Again
Annie Jones’ acting abilities have never been in doubt. Her profile, however, has never reached the heights of less-talented contemporaries for a number of reasons.
Intensely private, she has long had an awkward relationship with fame. While some have an intense selfpromotional drive and work furiously to ensure their name stays etched in the public consciousness, Jones is the type who is happy to let her acting do the talking.
In the late 1980s and early ’90s, Jones was one of Australia’s most recognisable faces as a result of playing Jane Harris in Neighbours.
Unlike castmates Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, however, Jones and Guy Pearce were uncomfortable with the fan hysteria around the show.
“I have always just liked to live my life and just get on with things,” Jones says.
“It was a crazy time, I must admit, but I made a lot of dear friends from that period. I think they ( Neighbours cast) are good people.”
After three years in Ramsay Street, Jones cemented her status as an actor with deep reserves of talent in shows including The Flying Doctors, Newlyweds
She also lives by the theory that no role is too big or too small if it gives the chance to flex a bit of acting muscle.
Far removed from “Plain” Jane Harris was her dramatic turn as a rape victim in Halifax f.p. She never skipped a beat in harrowing scenes where she was tied up and had a hood pulled over her head.
More recently she has appeared in acclaimed Foxtel drama Wentworth and Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here, the emotion-charged story of the killing of policemen Rod Miller and Gary Silk. She impressed as Dorothy, wife of murderer Bandali Debs.
There’s no doubt we’d have seen more of Jones in recent years if not for her decision to put family before acting.
Jones, back on screen in
Worst Year of My Life Again, says ill-health forced her mum into a nursing home and her “darling father” has died.
Jones says: “I didn’t do any acting for a while because life just got in the way. Life and family are obviously more important than acting ... Things like that can really change your attitude to life and how you deal with things.
“I’m happy with my life. I do a lot of voice-over work and a bit of TV stuff too.”
She has embraced her role in teen comedy Worst Year of
My Life Again because of the high levels of energy on set.
“I’ve had a great time working on this one. It’s a great bunch of young actors working on the show. And a lot of big things happen in it.”
Worst Year of My Life Again,
ABC3, Saturday, 6pm.
Annie Jones returns to our screens in Worst Year of My Life Again.