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Actress, singer

So I Am


Belinda Emmett

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Full Name
Belinda Jane Emmett

12 April 1974 (
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia

November 11, 2006, Sydney, Australia

Rove McManus (m. 2005–2006)

Michael Emmett, Laraine Emmett

Movies and TV shows
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Belinda Jane Emmett (12 April 1974 – 11 November 2006) was an Australian actress and singer. She was best known for her roles in the TV drama series Home and Away and All Saints as well as comedy Hey Dad..!. She was married to comedian and media personality Rove McManus.


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Early life

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Emmett was born in Gosford to Michael and Laraine Emmett and grew up in Umina Beach, on the Central Coast of New South Wales. She had three siblings named Matthew, Shane and Lesley. Emmett went to school at St John's at Woy Woy, St Joseph's at Gosford and Corpus Christi at Tuggerah.


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Emmett worked at the local Coast Rock FM radio station and sang lead vocals in the band Big Baby Jam. In 1994, she gained her first major role on Australian television as Tracy Russell in the sitcom Hey Dad..!. In 1995 she joined Home and Away, playing Gail, a local fishermans daughter, who fell for Travis Nash, played by Nic Testoni. In 1996 she became the third actress to play Rebecca Fisher, where she portrayed the daughter of Donald Fisher and later wife of Travis Nash. This role earned her nominations for Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress in 1998 and 1999, as well as a Gold Logie nomination in 1999. She posed naked in the special "Angels and Devils" edition of the Australian nude celebrity art magazine Black+White.

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From 2000 to 2001, Emmett played Jodi Horner the Ward Clerk, in the medical drama All Saints.

Breast cancer

Emmett was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998, aged 24. She took a break from her role as Rebecca Fisher/Nash on Home and Away (during which time the part was played by Megan Connolly) and underwent surgery to remove a malignant tumour, followed by six weeks of radiotherapy. She left the cast of Home and Away the following year and went on to appear in nine episodes of All Saints as Jodi Horner between 2000 and 2001.

In September 2001, on the set of the Australian film The Nugget in which she co-starred as Cheryl with Eric Bana, Emmett began to experience intense back pain. Further tests revealed that the cancer had spread to her bones.

In 2002, she told The Australian Women's Weekly that "It wasn't a matter of if, it was a matter of when. The little bastards were going to get me. It was a weird sensation, almost an out-of-body experience. I don't think I'll ever be able to explain it." In an interview with Charles Wooley on 60 Minutes that same year, she said:

Music career

In 1998, Emmett released a cover of Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall". She also recorded a duet with Marcia Hines, a cover of the James Taylor hit "Shower the People" (on which Carly Simon sang backing vocals), which appeared on Hines' 2004 album Hinesight – Songs From the Journey. Emmett's first album, So I Am, was released after her death and debuted at number 10 on the ARIA Charts. It featured 12 songs co-written by Emmett and longtime collaborators Phill Buckle, Andrew Furze and others.

The album was completed the week following her death by Producer/ Arranger Daniel Denholm. It was recorded at a number of studios including Subterrane Recording Studio. Belinda's ballad "Less Than Perfect" was played at her funeral and was released to radio shortly after. Co-written with Andrew Furze, it featured lyrics about accepting a "less than perfect life". It was produced by Daniel Denholm and featured Bass by Jackie Orsascky. "Less Than Perfect" was also given away as a complimentary CD in the Herald Sun Publication.

Personal life

On 29 January 2005, Emmett married comedian and TV personality Rove McManus, at the Mary Immaculate Church in Waverley in the eastern part of Sydney. She walked down the aisle to Stevie Wonder's ballad "You Are the Sunshine of My Life". The couple had met at the opening of Fox Studios in Sydney in 1999. "We're kindred spirits", Emmett told a newspaper at the time. Guests included Marcia Hines, Stephen Curry, Merrick Watts and Peter Helliar. At their reception, the couple danced to Ben Folds' song "The Luckiest".


On 11 November 2006, Emmett died from cancer at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, 6 months before her 33rd birthday. She had been there since reportedly suffering "stroke-like symptoms" the previous Monday.

Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, said he and Mrs Howard were saddened by Emmett's death. "She fought a very courageous battle against cancer", Howard said. "On behalf of Janette and myself, I extend my deepest sympathies to her husband, Rove McManus, and her family and friends." Opposition Leader Kim Beazley also passed on his sympathies. "This is truly sad news which I think will affect all Australians", Beazley said. "The tenderness and care in their relationship (Rove and Belinda) through their adversity, I think, has been an inspiration to many, many Australians."

Emmett's funeral was held at 11am on 17 November 2006 in Sydney's Mary Immaculate Church, the place where she married Rove McManus 18 months before. She was privately cremated.


Australian singer/songwriter Delta Goodrem co-wrote the song "Be Strong" for Emmett in 2004, after Emmett had been diagnosed with secondary bone cancer.

On 13 and 14 November 2006, Channel 7 programs Home and Away and All Saints each dedicated an episode to Emmett. The message in the closing credits read "In memory of our friend, Belinda Emmett 1974 – 2006". It also had information for people to donate money for breast cancer research. On 17 November 2006, Home and Away included a special montage of scenes featuring Emmett in her role as Rebecca Fisher/Nash. It was followed by a black screen showing the same memorial message as well as information about donating to The McGrath Foundation. ABC program Spicks & Specks also displayed a memorial note at the conclusion of an episode aired on 15 November 2006.

On 16 November 2006, Belinda Emmett's family released one of her songs, "Less Than Perfect", on Odeo. The track, from a solo album she was working on at the time of her death, was also played at her funeral. One month later, Emmett's younger brother Shane performed One Sweet Day at the annual Carols in the Domain in tribute to his sister, who regularly appeared at the event between 1995 and 2002.

In a newspaper interview published on 1 April 2007 promoting his return to television, Rove McManus revealed that Emmett's solo album had been completed. The title track, "So I Am", was issued as a single the next day, with the album following on 28 April 2007. Profits from Hooch Records, the company Emmett formed with McManus to release the album, will go to the McGrath Foundation to support breastcare nurses.

In July 2007, ABC-TV aired the episode Some Meaning in this Life of the documentary series Australian Story which paid tribute to Emmett and her struggle with cancer. Her co-star in The Nugget Eric Bana introduced the episode which featured contributions from Emmett's family and Rove McManus. The episode won the award for most outstanding public affairs report at the 2008 Logie Awards.

In an episode of The Chasers War on Everything, the member Andrew Hansen sang a satirical eulogy about glorifying public figures after they die. After a few examples, he goes on to comment about Ms. Emmett before being signalled to stop. There was no animosity towards Emmett (the Chaser's are good friends with her widowed-husband Rove McManus) and that part of the skit was a joke about the inappropriateness of a joke being made so soon.

On 11 November 2007, a year after Emmett's death, her husband Rove McManus dedicated his weekly show Rove, to the memory of Belinda Emmett.

On 20 May 2008 one of Emmett's songs, "Beautiful Thing", was included in Olivia Newton-John's new CD "A Celebration in Song: Olivia Newton-John and Friends". This CD was created to help raise funds for Olivia's wellness centre in Melbourne, Australia. It consists of a number of duets with Australian and international guest artists which are meant to inspire people touched by cancer. Belinda's song was extracted from her "So I Am" CD and the track is 'dedicated with love' to her.


The Nugget as
All Saints (TV Series) as
Jodi Horner
- Heartache (2001) - Jodi Horner
- Bitter Medicine (2001) - Jodi Horner
- Critical Pressure (2001) - Jodi Horner
- Simpatico (2001) - Jodi Horner
- Life as We Know It (2001) - Jodi Horner
- Wild Justice (2001) - Jodi Horner
- Look Into My Eyes (2001) - Jodi Horner
- Delicate Matters (2001) - Jodi Horner
- Poles Apart (2001) - Jodi Horner
- Defiance & Denial (2001) - Jodi Horner
- Mixed Messages (2001) - Jodi Horner
- A Matter of Choice (2001) - Jodi Horner
- Bend Till You Break (2001) - Jodi Horner
- What Katie Did Next (2001) - Jodi Horner
- The Heat Is On (2001) - Jodi Horner
- Stolen Moments (2000) - Jodi Horner
- Heart and Soul (2000) - Jodi Horner
- Me, Myself and I (2000) - Jodi Horner
- Fate Dances with Lady Luck (2000) - Jodi Horner
- Lottery of Life (2000) - Jodi Horner
- The Best Laid Plans (2000) - Jodi Horner
- More Than Life (2000) - Jodi Horner
- Ghosts (2000) - Jodi Horner
Home and Away (TV Series) as
Rebecca Fisher / Rebecca Nash / Gail
Hey Dad..! (TV Series) as
Tracy Russell
- What a Blast! (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Hoot's Boots (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Phoning at the Mouth (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Broom and Board (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Current Events (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Sink or Swim (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Cart Blanks (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Betty's New Flat (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Romancing the Stunned (1994) - Tracy Russell
- The Joy Luck Social Club (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Your Wish Is My Command (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Rebel Without a Clue (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Born to Be Mild (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Beam Me Up Bennie (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Sporty Car Machiney (1994) - Tracy Russell
- She Ain't Heavy, She's My Sister (1994) - Tracy Russell
- It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Acting the Goat! (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Betty's Mother Comes to Town (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Cousin Coral Comes to Visit (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Who's to Blame? (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Walk Against Want Walkers (1994) - Tracy Russell
- A Promotion for Betty? (1994) - Tracy Russell
- Nothing's Changed (1994) - Tracy Russell
- This Is Your Wake Up Call (1994) - Tracy Russell
- No Ordinary Woman (1994) - Tracy Russell
1 a Minute (Documentary) (in memory of: Battled Breast Cancer)
All Saints (TV Series) (in memory of - 1 episode)
- Love and Hate (2006) - (in memory of)
Spicks and Specks (TV Series) as
- A Very Specky Christmas (2005) - Self
Carols in the Domain (TV Special) as
The 16th Annual ARIA Awards (TV Special) as
Rove Live (TV Series) as
- Episode #3.34 (2002) - Self
- Episode #2.9 (2001) - Self
Carols in the Domain (TV Special) as
All Star Squares (TV Series) as
Self - Panellist
Carols in the Domain (TV Special) as
Self - Host
All Time Greatest Bloopers (TV Series) as
Self - Host
Carols in the Domain (TV Special) as
Carols in the Domain (TV Special) as
Carols in the Domain (TV Special) as
Archive Footage
MsMojo (TV Series) as
Rebecca Fisher
- Top 10 Things You DIDN'T Know About Sia (2017) - Rebecca Fisher
The 2007 TV Week Logie Awards (TV Special) as
Self / Rebecca Fisher-Nash - in memoriam
Carols in the Domain (TV Special) as
Home and Away (TV Series) as
Rebecca Nash / Rebecca Fisher
- Episode #1.4330 (2006) - Rebecca Fisher (uncredited)
- Episode #1.4000 (2005) - Rebecca Nash (uncredited)
- Episode #1.3455 (2003) - Rebecca Nash (uncredited)
Today Tonight (TV Series) as
- Episode dated 17 November 2006 (2006) - Self (uncredited)
Home and Away: Weddings (Video) as
Rebecca Fisher-Nash (uncredited)
Home and Away: Romances (Video) as
Rebecca Nash (uncredited)
Home and Away: The Official Summer Bay Special (Video) as
Rebecca Nash (uncredited)


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