as Sarah Nordmann
Award-winning actress Marta Dusseldorp has worked extensively in theatre, film and television and is one of Australia’s most recognised actresses.
As the central role of Sarah in Foxtel’s A Place To Call Home, Marta’s acclaimed portrayal was acknowledged with a TV WEEK Logie Best Actress nomination in 2016.
She received the 2015 AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama for ABC’s Janet King in which she plays the titular role. Marta also stars in the latest instalment of the Jack Irish series, where she reprised her role as co-lead opposite Guy Pearce. Her numerous television credits include the third telemovie in the Jack Irish series – Dead Point, the six-part Blackjack telemovies opposite Colin Friels, Crownies, Devil’s Dust, and the award-winning mini-series After the Deluge.
Marta has a wealth of experience on stage, including three years with the Sydney Theatre Company’s Actor’s Company where she received a Helpmann Award for her role in Shakespeare’s War of the Roses. Other STC highlights include Victory, The Lost Echo, Serpent’s Teeth, Mother Courage, The Crucible and Never Did Me Any Harm (STC/Force Majeure). Other work includes in Malthouse Theatre’s Journal of the Plague Year/Ham Funeral, MTC’s Three Sisters and The Balcony, Company B’s international tour of Cloudstreet and Like a Fishbone for STC/Griffin Theatre. Most recently she starred to huge acclaim in Gloria for Griffin and Scenes From A Marriage, opposite her husband Ben Winspear, for Queensland Theatre.
Her film credits include Paul Cox’s award-winning Innocence, John Curran’s Praise, Bruce Beresford’s Paradise Road opposite Glenn Close, Francis McDormand and Cate Blanchett, and Jonathan Teplitzky’s Burning Man.
Marta is married to actor and director Ben Winspear, her former co-star in A Place To Call Home. They have two young daughters, Grace and Maggie.
Last season, as Sarah confronted residual trauma from her wartime experiences, she realised that her past will never go away and that she must look to her future if she is to find any happiness. As she travelled with George and David to Israel – together pilgrims to the Holy Land – it looks as though that might just be possible in The Final Chapter.
Reflecting on her years playing A Place To Call Home’s central heroine, Marta says: “Playing Sarah has taught me how to be a little bit more considered in life. I think that we have so much coming at us all the time, and just living in the 1950s for seven years, reminding myself of the dignity of my grandparents who are now all gone, I guess a little bit of them has resurrected inside of me. I feel more gracious and I try to be quieter.”
“I’ve also learnt so much about the Holocaust, and playing a Holocaust survivor has been one of the great privileges of my career. It’s something I take very seriously and something that I’ve been very moved by over the seven years.”