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Mary Coustas : biography

16 September 1964 -

Mary Coustas (born 16 September 1964) is an Australian actress, comedian and television personality. Originally from Melbourne, Coustas often performs as the malaproping character "Effie": a stereotypical second-generation Greek Australian. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University in Melbourne, majoring in Performing Arts, and sub-majoring in Journalism.

Coustas has won two awards for Best Comedy Performer, was voted by the Australian public for the Logie Award and voted by her industry peers for the Variety Heart Award.

Books and music

Coustas wrote a book based on the Effie character: Effie’s Guide to Being Up Yourself (ISBN 0-7336-1761-1), published in September 2003 by Mark McLeod Books.

In a new memoir, published in July 2013 by Allen and Unwin (ISBN:9781743315651), Coustas looks back over her successful stage and television career. She also reflects on the lives and deaths of three people who shaped her life: her father, her grandmother and her daughter.

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".

Television career

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 the character, 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.


Coustas' initial claim to fame was in the comedy stage show Wogs Out of Work alongside Nick Giannopoulos, George Kapiniaris and Simon Palomares.

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