Height 1.57 m
Role Television actress
|Name Michala Banas|
Years active 1985–present
Spouse Kade Greenland (m. 2014)
|Born 14 November 1978 (age 37) (1978-11-14) Wellington, New Zealand|
Nominations Logie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent
TV shows McLeod's Daughters, Winners & Losers, Always Greener, Mirror - Mirror, The Matt and Jo Show
Similar People Kade Greenland, Brett Tucker, Rachael Carpani, Lisa Chappell, Bridie Carter
Michala banas kissin the wind offical music video
Michala Elizabeth Laurinda Banas (; born 14 November 1978) is a New Zealand television actress, and singer now living in Australia.
Life and career
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, she starred in her first advert at only 18 months of age.
Her debut film performance was when she was five years old, in the New Zealand film Dangerous Orphans. Her Australian debut television performance was as Louisa in the miniseries Mirror, Mirror in 1995.
Banas is an accomplished singer, and in 2003 released a single, "Kissin' The Wind", which made the top 30 on the Australian Recording Industry Association singles chart.
In 2004, Banas joined the cast of McLeod's Daughters as the character Kate Manfredi, the best friend of Jodi Fountain McLeod. She played Kate from episodes 88 to 170, when she took a short break to later return in episode 177. It was announced in 2007 that she would leave McLeod's Daughters in its final season. Banas' last episode was aired in early December 2008.
From 11 November 2008, Banas appeared in the role of Libby Kennedy on the Australian soap opera Neighbours for a five-week period after Kym Valentine was forced to take a temporary break due to illness.
In 2009, Banas filled in for Fox FM's Jo Stanley on The Matt and Jo Show while Stanley was on maternity leave. That same year saw her star in the Australian national tour of the Broadway musical, Avenue Q, playing the roles of "Kate Monster" and "Lucy the Slut". Banas was one of three celebrity faces for Proactiv Solution in Australia and New Zealand.
Banas had a guest role as Tiffany Turner on the drama series Winners & Losers, and a supporting role on ABC3 teen drama Nowhere Boys as Phoebe. In 2013, Banas starred in the ABC comedy series Upper Middle Bogan as Amber Wheeler. The series has run for three seasons.