Abigail (actress)

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Abigail Rogan

(1946-07-23) 23 July 1946 (age 76)
London, England
Occupation(s)Actress, singer
Years active1968 – 2000
Known for
Spouse(s)Mark Hashfield; Adrian Wright

Abigail Rogan[1][2] (known mononymously as Abigail; born 23 July 1946) is an English-born retired actress particularly of television soap operas and film and was also briefly a vocalist.

She emigrated from London in 1968 and became one of Australia's significant sex symbols of the early-1970s, promoted as a sultry blonde siren in the vein of Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot.[3]

She appeared in numerous soap opera's including, Number 96, Sons and Daughters and Chances.


Early life[edit]

Abigail was born in London, England in 1946 to a mother of Ceylonese (now Sri Lanki), of Dutch Burghers descent[3] and educated in France, she started her career in her native United Kingdom, appearing in such roles as Robin Hood and theContinental Theatre, she arrived in Australia to study civil engineering whilst acting part time, but made a major foray in showbiz when she was given the chance to appear as the female lead in a local theatre production of the British comedy There's a Girl in My Soup in 1968. She settled in Sydney and appeared in an advert with Phil Silvers and the TV series Delta.[3]

Television soap opera[edit]

She is best known for her roles in several prominent Australian TV soap operas, where she became known simply as Abigail. She first became best as a sex symbol in Number 96, as an original cast member and the first actress to play artist'ss model Bev Houghton with her character providing fleeting nude glimpses. She became Australia's undisputed sex symbol of the early 1970s through the role. However, although most people assume she was the first woman on local TV to go topless, in fact it was her co-star of the naive Rose Godulfus (Vivienne Garrett). To the surprise of her fans she was written out of the series after a dispute, although it was stated in th media at the time she had left to appear in a movie in mid 1973, and the character was re-cast with Victoria Raymond assuming the role. She did however return to the soap in 1976 as the character of Eve.

She appeared in the sex-comedy film Alvin Purple and the sequel Alvin Rides Again

She had a role in The Young Doctors, as cold and assertive Hilary Templeton. Around the same time, she appeared in Glenview High.

In 1985, she became well known for her role in the successful series, Sons and Daughters, as conniving Caroline "The Cat" Morrell opposite Normie Rowe, the series sold well internationally, especially in Belgium.

She subsequently appeared in numerous other soap opera roles, including Neighbours in 1989, and Family and Friends, in a regular role during 1990 until that series was cancelled. She then appeared in Chances as Bambi Shute, the host of a TV sex show, for most of 1992.

Abigail was twice married; first to her manager actor Mark Hashfield (who also appeared on Number 96 as Alan Cotterill) and then to actor Adrian Wright.[4][5]


Publishing and music[edit]

In 1973, after leaving Number 96, she published her autobiography, Call Me Abigail which sold 150,000 copies in its first two weeks of sale.[8] Also in 1973, Abigail made an attempt, one of the first soap stars to do so (prior to Kylie Minogue) at a popular music career and scored a hit with a cover of Serge Gainsbourg's "Je t'aime... moi non plus", which reached the top 10 in Australia.[9] Although this debut was a success, follow-ups, including a comedic release with ventriloquist Chris Kirby, were not.

Film, TV and theatre[edit]

During this period she appeared in a series of brief cameo roles in a string of sex comedy films such as Alvin Purple (1973), and its 1974 sequel Alvin Rides Again. In 1974, Abigail would perform a striptease in the burlesque comedy "The Legend of San Peel" in The Barrel Theatre, a well-known strip palace in Kings Cross,[8] while struggling to find serious acting jobs. In 1975, in a brief return to television she appeared in Class of '75 for three weeks as a prim French Senior Mistress in a black wig and frumpy spectacles. Also in 1975 she played Esmerelda in The True Story of Eskimo Nell and in 1976 appeared in another bawdy comedy Eliza Fraser.[8]

Abigail returned to Number 96 in November 1976. Her new comedy character, the oft-divorced Eve, would potentially appear in a spinoff series, Fair Game, with Elaine Lee and Lynette Curran. It did not eventuate, although the completed pilot was divided up to create segments of three episodes of Number 96 (Episodes 1079–1081).[10]

Abigail also appeared in a recurring sketch in comedy series The Norman Gunston Show called "The Checkout Chicks". This sketch, a send-up of melodramatic soap operas set in a supermarket, mostly featured other former Number 96 actors - Vivienne Garrett, Candy Raymond, Philippa Baker, Judy Lynne and Anne Louise Lambert. The show was finally cancelled in July 1977.

In 1977, Abigail appeared in the hospital-based series The Young Doctors as super-efficient secretary Hilary Templeton who worked for Philip Winter (Noel Trevarthen), a celebrity patient of the hospital. In the show, Winter is murdered and she leaves the storyline, only to later return with her character now running the company of her former boss. Also in 1977 she had a cameo role in the film Summer City, which is notable for being the first to have Mel Gibson in a major role.

Abigail had some success in the theatre, specialising in comedy roles. She toured New South Wales and Queensland with the stage farce A Bedfull of Foreigners in 1983.[6] In 1984 she appeared in Melvin, Son of Alvin. In 1985, Abigail scored a regular role in another soap opera Sons and Daughters, playing the role of Caroline Morrell, alongside former pop singer Normie Rowe, a role she continued until the series ended in 1987. In 1988, she appeared in Breaking Loose. In 1989 she co-starred in Elly & Jools playing the crazy Country & Western singer wannabe, Dulcie Dickson. In 1990 she appeared in Sher Mountain Killings Mystery and was a regular cast member of the short-lived soap opera Family and Friends and in 1991 appeared in another soap Chances. In 1994 she presented a prime-time repeat of the 1976 Number 96 retrospective, And They Said It Couldn't Last.

Retirement from acting[edit]

Her last role was in 2000, but in 2002, she briefly became a spokesperson for weight-loss company Jenny Craig. She claimed to have lost 17 kilograms in seven weeks.

Abigail was interviewed on Sydney radio station 2GB on her 60th birthday in 2006. At that time she was living on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

In March 2011, Australian current affairs program Today Tonight produced a story on Abigail, claiming that she had fallen on hard times, and claiming she was living as a squatter in a derelict church. A rebuttal story was aired the following evening by rival current affairs program, A Current Affair. In fact she had been living there with permission, with her husband, as her home had been partially destroyed by floods. Her damaged home was being prepared for rebuilding. The Today Tonight story captured some hidden camera footage of Abigail. She did not appear on camera consensually.




Year Title Role Type
Les enfants de dieu unknown role Feature film, FRANCE
Descente a la plague unknown role Feature film, FRANCE
Imagination unknown role Feature film, FRANCE
1970 Play 543 unknown role Film short
1973 Alvin Purple Girl in see through blouse Feature film
1974 Alvin Rides Again Mae Feature film
1975 The True Story of Eskimo Nell Esmerelda Feature film
1976 Eliza Fraser Buxom Girl Feature film
1977 Summer City Woman in Pub Feature film
1984 Melvin, Son of Alvin Melvin's Mother Mrs. Simpson Feature film
1988 Breaking Loose aka 'Breaking Loose: Summer City II' Helen Feature film
1990 Sher Mountain Killings Mystery Muriel Cordeaux Feature film
1990 Friday on My Mind role unknown Feature film
1995 The Final Stage The Woman Feature film
1999 Liang Po Po role unknown Film short
2000 Gitano Gypsy (voice) Animated Film short



Year Title Role Type
Robin Hood Young Child TV series UK, 1 episode
Continental Theatre Role unknown TV series, UK, 1 episode
1969 Delta Guest role TV series, 2 episodes
1972-1973; 1976 Number 96 Regular role: Bev Houghton / Eve TV series, 77 episodes
1972 The Tony Hancock Special Herself - Guest TV special
1973 The Barry Crocker Comedy Hour Herself - Guest TV special
1973 The Paul Hogan Show Herself / Singer sings "Je taime" TV series, 1 episode
1973 Two-Up Goes Legal Herself TV special
1973 The Wicked City Role unknown TV movie
1974 Ted Hamilton's Musical World Herself - Guest TV series, 1 episode
1974 No Man's Land Herself TV series, 1 episode
1974 This Love Affair Guest role: Helen ABC TV series, 1 episode 2: 'Tilting At Windmills'
1975 Class of '75 Regular role: Angelique Dupree TV series, 98 episodes
1975 The Norman Gunston Show Herself - Guest ABC TV series, 1 episode
1975 The Norman Gunston Show 'The Check-Out Chicks' sketch Herself ABC TV series, 8 episodes
1975 Celebrity Squares Herself TV series
1976 Fair Game Lead role: Eve TV pilot
1976 Number 96 Regular role: Eve TV series, 3 episodes
1976 The Bluestone Boys Guest role TV series, 1 episode
1976 Up the Convicts Guest role: Sharlot (uncredited) TV series, 1 episode
1976 The Celebrity Game Herself TV series
1976 Murcheson Creek Lead role: Donna Lewis TV movie
1976;1994 Number 96: And They Said It Wouldn't Last Bev Houghton (archive clips) TV special
1977 The Young Doctors Recurring role: Hiliary Templeton TV series
1977 Graham Kennedy's Blankety Blanks Herself - Panelist TV series, 3 episodes
1977 All at Sea Regular role: Denise Demour TV movie
1977 The Maggi Eckhardt Hour Herself - Guest TV series, 1 episode
1978 Glenview High Guest role TV series, 1 episode
1978 Cappriccio Herself - Guest ABC TV series, 1 episode
1978 The Zodiac Girls Herself TV pilot
1979 Chopper Squad Guest role: Alison Burns TV series, 1 episode '
1980 Celebrity Tattletales Herself & Mark Hashfield TV series, 3 episodes
1980 Catch Us If You Can Herself TV special
1980 The Variety Club Race Day Herself TV special
1980 Home Sweet Home Guest role: Patient ABC TV series, 1 episode
1981 Trial By Marriage Guest role: Laivinia ABC TV series, 1 episode
1981 Are You Being Served? Guest role: Perfume Saleswoman TV series, 1 episode
1981 The Great Australian Arguement Settler Herself (pin-up) TV special
1982 The Australian Way: A Salute to Aussie Sex Appeal Herself - Guest TV special
1984 Special Squad Guest role: Mrs. Quinn TV series, 1 episode
1985-1987 Sons and Daughters Regular role: Caroline Morrell TV series, 410 episodes
1985-1988 Channel Seven Perth Telethon Herself TV special
1986 The 28th Annual TV Week Logie Awards Herself - Presenter TV special
1986 Kids Telethon Ten 21st Birthday Show Herself TV special
1986 Punchlines Herself TV special
1987 Have a Go Herself - Guest Judge TV series, 3 episodes
1987 The 29th Annual TV Week Logie Awards Herself TV special
1987 Discovering Australia Herself - Narrator Film documentary
1988 Late Night Oz Herself - Guest TV series, 1 episode
1989 Neighbours Guest recurring role: Betty Bristow TV series, 3 episodes
1989 Rafferty's Rules Guest role: Michelle Dobbs TV series, 1 episode
1989 60 Minutes Herself with Leila Hayes TV series, 1 episode
1989 Bodysurfer Support role: Mrs. James ABC TV miniseries, 2 episodes
1990 Elly & Jools Regular role: Dulcie Dickson TV series, 12 episodes
1990 Family and Friends Regular role: Doreen Stubbs TV series
1990 Celebrity Family Feud Herself TV series, 1 episode
1991 Col'n Carpenter Role unknown TV series, 1 episode
1991 Tonight Live with Steve Vizard Herself - Guest TV series, 1 episode
1991;1995 Good Morning Australia Herself - Guest TV series, 2 episodes
1991 'Til Ten Herself - Guest & Grant Dodwell TV series, 1 episode
1991;1992 In Sydney Today Herself - Guest TV series, 2 episodes
1991 The Miraculous Mellops Regular role: Iron Peg TV miniseries, 1 episode
1992 The Midday Show Herself & Grant Dodwell TV series, 1 episode
1992 Chances Recurring role: Bambi Shute TV series, 26 episodes
1993 Time Trax Guest role: Georgette TV series US/AUSTRALIA, 1 episode
1994 Number 96: And They Said It Wouldn't Last Herself intro to special TV special
1995 Ernie And Denise Herself - Guest TV series, 1 episode
1995 Good Morning Australia Herself - Guest TV series, 1 episode
1995;2011 A Current Affair Herself TV series, 1 episode
1995 Eurotrash Herself - Guest TV series UK, 1 episode
1996 Wedlocked Guest role: Radner TV series, 1 episode
1997 Where Are They Now? Herself - Guest TV series, 1 episode
2008 Not Quite Hollywood: Deleted and Extended Scenes Herself Video
2011 Today Tonight Herself & partner Adrian Wright TV series, 1 episode
2011 A Current Affair Herself & partner Adrian Wright TV series, 1 episode
2016 RealTVFilms Herself - Host TV series US, 2 episodes


  • There's a Girl in my Soup (1968-1969)
  • Rookery Nook (1970)
  • Saga of San Peel (1975)
  • Wild Oats (1977)
  • A Bedfull of Foreigners (1983)
  • Rattle of a Simple Man (1987)
  • My Fat Friend (1988)
  • Lunatic Soup (1990)
  • Charley's Aunt (1991-1992)


  • 1973 Abigail Festival Records (Australia) L-35260
    • Side A: 1. "An Occasional Man" 2. "My Baby Does it Good" 3. "New Fangled Tango" 4. "These Dreams" 5. "Do It Again" 6. "Je T'aime"
    • Side B 1. "Sugar Me" 2. "The Man I Love" 3. "(Just As) I Am" 4. "Pillow Talk" 5. "Last Tango in Paris" 6. "Please Terry, Do It One More Time"*

The track "Please Terry Do It One More Time", is the one that features Chris Kirby.

Produced by Martin Erdman
Recorded at Festival's 'Studio 24", Sydney Australia
Terry appears by courtesy of Chris Kirby.


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  2. ^ Mawby, Nathan (17 March 2011). "TV soap star Abigail's flood misery". The Sunday Times. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Giles, Nigel "Number 96 : Australian TV's Most Notorious Address"
  4. ^ Knox, David (17 March 2011). ""TV royalty" branded "squatter" by Today Tonight". TV Tonight. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  5. ^ "TV soap star Abigail's flood misery". Herald Sun. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b Atterton, Margot. (Ed.) The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Australian Showbiz, Sunshine Books, 1984. ISBN 0-86777-057-0
  7. ^ Mercado, Andrew. Super Aussie Soaps, Pluto Press Australia, 2004. ISBN 1-86403-191-3 pp 44–45
  8. ^ a b c "Aussie Soap Archive: Abigail: "I was naked"". Members.ozemail.com.au. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  9. ^ McFadyen, Warwick (18 June 2005). "Strike up the banned". The Age. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  10. ^ TV Week magazine, Southdown Press, 6 November 1976, "Sydney Viewing, Monday 8 - Tuesday 9".
  11. ^ a b "Abigail". Australian Music Database. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Abigail - Je t'aime (I Love You)". Pop Archives. Archived from the original on 3 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.

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