Vanessa was educated at Sydney University and after graduating, she went on to a masters degree in English Literature.
At the age of fourteen, Vanessa joined the Australian Theatre for Young People. She spent every weekend there rehearsing for future productions and claimed that she could not remember a time when she did not want to act!
Vanessa's roles in theatre and screen included parts in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Threepenny Opera and Sons and Daughters
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