|Birth name Mary Coustas|
Spouse George Betsis (m. 2005)
|Years active 1989-present|
Parents Fani Coustas
Name Mary Coustas
Education Deakin University
|Born 16 September 1964 (age 51)
Melbourne, Australia (1964-09-16) |
Medium Film and television actress
Notable works and roles Acropolis Now (1989 - 1992) Greeks on the Roof (2003)
Books All I Know: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Life
Children Jamie Betsis, Stevie Betsis
Movies and TV shows Acropolis Now, Hercules Returns, Nirvana Street Murder, The Magic Pudding, Greeks on the Roof
Mary coustas how has your greek heritage influenced your life
Mary Coustas (Greek: Μαρία Κούστας; born 16 September 1964) is an Australian actress, comedian and television personality. Originally from Melbourne, Coustas often performs as the character "Effie", a stereotypical second-generation Greek Australian prone to malapropisms. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University in Melbourne, majoring in performing arts and sub-majoring in journalism.
- Mary coustas how has your greek heritage influenced your life
- Acropolis now interview with nick giannopoulos and mary coustas
- Television career
- Books and music
- Personal life
Coustas won the Logie Award for Most Popular Comedy Personality in 1993.
Acropolis now interview with nick giannopoulos and mary coustas
Coustas' initial claim to fame was in the comedy stage show Wogs Out of Work alongside Nick Giannopoulos, George Kapiniaris and Simon Palomares.
Coustas appeared on the popular television sitcom Acropolis Now, from 1989 until 1992, in the role of Effie Stephanidis.
Since then she has appeared as Effie in other television shows and commercials. Effie also appeared in the interview show Effie, Just Quietly in 2001 and hosted her own peculiar, short-lived talk show called Greeks On The Roof in 2003.
Coustas played straight dramatic roles in two police series: Skirts in 1990 and Wildside in 1998. Other roles include Grass Roots, The Secret Life of Us and Good Guys Bad Guys. Her voice-over work includes The Magic Pudding, Hercules Returns and Always Greener. She also appeared as a guest on comedy game show Talkin' 'bout Your Generation in 2012, and had a guest role in the drama Rake.
Books and music
In 1992 Effie released a novelty single: a duet with another fictional character, Garry McDonald's Norman Gunston. The recording was their version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Amigos Para Siempre. Coustas's book Effie's Guide to Being Up Yourself was published in 2003.
In her 2013 memoir All I know: a memoir of love, loss and life, Coustas looked back over her career, and reflected on the lives and deaths of her father, grandmother and daughter.
Coustas was born in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood.
Coustas married George Betsis in 2005. In August 2013, Coustas and her husband announced in an interview with 60 Minutes that she was 22 weeks pregnant and expecting their second child in early December 2013. Their daughter Jamie was born on 28 November 2013.