Simon Baker on red carpet for Mother of All Black & White Balls...In an interview with Brandon Voight on red carpet, Brandon asked "what attracted you to being part of tonights event?". Simon Baker replied "I was invited by lovely friends of ours Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, and were always happy to help out"...YWCA is set to again take Sydneys social scene by storm with the 2015 Mother of All Balls evoking the glamour of Truman Capotes legendary Black and White Ball of 1966...One of Australias most high profile actors both here an internationally will be walking the red carpet along with many of Australias industry leaders and Sydney identities. YWCA NSW CEO Anna Bligh together with The Honourable Mike Baird MP, Premier of New South Wales and will be speaking on the evening...The 2015 event on 30 May, hosted at the Sydney Town Hall by our Patron Rachel Ward AM will have about 500 people attending...YWCA NSW is a not for profit community based organisation actively working with women, children young people and their families to find the possible in their lives...The Mother of all Balls is the "must attend" party of the year, attracting the cream of Sydneys social scene and heavyweight corporate support, all dedicated to raising money going directly into YWCA NSWs important support and youth mentoring programs.. .Pictured: Rachel Ward. Ref: SPL 300515 .Picture by: Brandon Voight / Splash News . . Splash News and Pictures .Los Angeles .New York .London . (Newscom TagID: spnphotossix300632.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

Career Highlights and Breakthrough: Ward’s acting career began in the late 1970s and early 1980s when she moved to the United States to pursue opportunities in Hollywood. Her breakthrough role came in 1983 when she starred as Meggie Cleary in the television mini-series “The Thorn Birds,” which earned her critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination. This success catapulted her to stardom and made her a household name.

Professional Ups and Downs: While “The Thorn Birds” was a significant success, Ward’s acting career had its ups and downs. She appeared in a range of films, including “Against All Odds” (1984), “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” (1982), and “Fortress” (1985), but not all of them achieved the same level of success as “The Thorn Birds.” Some projects received mixed reviews, and her career trajectory varied over the years.

Transition to Directing and Writing: In the early 2000s, Ward began to explore roles behind the camera, directing short films and feature-length films. She directed “The Big House” (2001) and co-directed “Beautiful Kate” (2009), which was based on a book by her uncle, Newton Thornburg. These directorial projects were well-received, showcasing her versatility and talent beyond acting.

Personal Life and Family: Ward married Australian actor Bryan Brown in 1983 after meeting him on the set of “The Thorn Birds.” The couple has three children: Rosie, Matilda, and Joe Brown. The family has lived in both Australia and the United States but primarily resides in Australia.

Later Career and Recent Work: In recent years, Ward has focused more on her work as a director and screenwriter, while still occasionally acting. She has also engaged in philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, supporting various causes and charities.

Real Name: Rachel Claire Ward

Date of Birth: September 12, 1957

Birth Place: Cornwell, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Residence: Australia (has also lived in the UK and the United States)

Profession: Actress, Director, Screenwriter

Nationality: British (by birth), Australian (by citizenship)

Religion: Not publicly specified

Partner: Bryan Brown (married 1983)

Father: Hon. Peter Alistair Ward

Mother: Claire Leonora Baring

Horoscope: Virgo

Age: 66 years (as of 2024)

Height: Approximately 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)

Body Type: Slim

Eye Color: Blue

Hair Color: Blonde