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Louise Siversen (born 29 May 1958) is an Australian actress. She is known for her television roles, including Lou Kelly in Prisoner (1984–86), Debbie in The Flying Doctors (1986–90), and since 2012 as Heather Looby in House Husbands. She has also appeared on stage and in film.


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Born in Melbourne, Siversen began acting as a child after her parents sent her to dance and drama classes to help her overcome her shyness. Siversen began to enjoy acting and went on to perform with St Martins Youth Theatre, appearing in many productions. Siversen was to study law, but decided to stick with acting after attending a Career Day at university.

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Siversen has also trained in jazz dance and ballet.


Her TV credits include The Flying Doctors, Sugar and Spice, BackBerner, MDA, All Saints, Janus, Rush, Special Squad and House Husbands.

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But Siversen will always be best known for her portrayal of nasty Louise "Lou" Kelly in the Network Ten series Prisoner. Siversen had done several bit-parts in the series and at the time the character of Lou was devised had been a regular extra for several months, playing one of the prisoners. Siversen auditioned, and got the part. Kelly quickly became one of the main characters of the series and had a run of three years.


She appeared in the 1989 Australian horror film Houseboat Horror.


Siversen appeared in several productions for the Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne and the Melbourne Theatre Company. She also wrote her one-woman show Coming to My Senses in 1993. In 2017 she played Dotty/Mrs Clacket in Michael Frayn's Noises Off for the Melbourne Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre.

She teaches drama at the Victorian College of Arts.

Personal life

Siversen is married to Theo. They live in Melbourne.

Siversen has been an Iyengar Yoga student for over 15 years and is also an avid walker, having walked the Camino Frances in Spain in 2009 an 800 km walk across Northern Spain.


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