as Carolyn Duncan
Sara Wiseman is a multiple award-winning actress for her critically acclaimed work in both film and television. Her extensive career in screen and theatre has given her the opportunity to work in both New Zealand and Australia.
Her big break came in 2001 as the lead in the series Mercy Peak as Dr Nicky Sommerville, which earned her Best Actress nominations at the 2002, 2003 and 2005 NZ Film and Television Awards.
Alongside her recurring role as Carolyn Duncan (nee Bligh) in A Place To Call Home, other television credits include Rake Season 4 and the upcoming Season 5, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Crownies, Outrageous Fortune, The Cult and The Almighty Johnsons. She won Best Actress playing suffragette Kate Sheppard in What Really Happened: The Women’s Vote at the NZ Television Awards in 2012.
On the big screen, Sara appears in Human Traces premiering at this year’s MIFF and NZIFF, Nerve, Fatal Honeymoon, Love Birds, Rest for the Wicked, Luella Miller, Sione’s Wedding. She won Best Supporting Actress in feature film Matariki, at the NZ Film & Television awards in 2011, and The Insatiable Moon, earned her a Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film nomination at the same awards.
Her stage credits in Australia include Hate at Melbourne’s Malthouse in 2013, The Inn Keeper Christ Almighty in 2015 and most recently played the lead role in The Bitter Tears of Petra Van Kant at The Old Fitz in Sydney. New Zealand productions include Death of a Salesman, Amy’s View, Collected Stories, Cabaret, Ladies Night, Under Milk Wood, This Is How It Goes, Proof, Killer Joe, The Vagina Monologues and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.
In 2017, Sara will make her theatre directorial debut with Danny and the Deep Blue Sea in Auckland.
Sara is married to actor Craig Hall, her co-star and on screen husband Dr Jack Duncan in A Place To Call Home.
For Carolyn, life as a country doctor’s wife has certainly been an adjustment. In season five she tried to find her place and put her tempting, sparkling city life behind her. This season a business proposition seems to successfully and satisfyingly marry her old and new self yet for the avant-garde Carolyn her past may prove to be irresistible.
As the once free-spirited city girl whose zest and verve has now been stifled and subdued, Sara says: “She’s more forthright than me and deals with confrontation better than me and maybe I should learn from that. She dresses better than me that’s for sure – I might need some help with that. I will have a lot of tears when I toast her goodbye as she’s very much alive and kicking in my world right now.”