Rabe has a formidable career in stage and film, performing in the Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, State Theatre Company (South Australia), Malthouse Theatre, and The Well, Paradise Road, Cosi, Sirens movies.
Her television credits include Holly’s Heroes, Mercury, Stingers, The Secret Life of Us, CrashBurn and The Leaving of Liverpool.
She has been awarded by the AFI Awards and the Green Room Awards and received nominations from Logies, Helpmanns, Mo Awards, Sydney Theatre and Sydney Film Critics Circle.
In reviving the role of Joan Ferguson, Rabe adds to Wentworth‘s stellar cast and will undoubtedly add new layers to an imposing character, played so memorably Maggie Kirkpatrick on Prisoner.
‘The Freak’ as she came to be called by inmates at Wentworth Prison was notorious for her strict by-the-book discipline while serving out violence under the nose of the department, as well as her lesbian preferences. She became one of Prisoner‘s most feared yet favourite characters.
Wentworth has wowed audiences and critics alike since it launched in April, most recently scoring new fans in the UK and reviews describing it as “compelling” and “unremittingly gritty.”
Filming for the second season begins on Monday at a purpose-built facility in Clayton, south-east of Melbourne.