Laurie Foell

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Laurie Foell
Born Laurence Foel
(1968-02-10) 10 February 1968 (age 54)
Other names Laurence Foel
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present

Laurie Foell (born Laurence Foel on 10 February 1968) is an Argentinian-born Australian actress. She is best known for her portrayal of both Angela "Angie" Russell[1] and her cousin Josie,[2] in the successful Australian television soap opera Home and Away.[3] Foell also starred as Dr. Justine Jones in the long running New Zealand hospital soap Shortland Street.[4]


Home and Away

Foell first appeared in Home and Away in 1999 in a small role playing Kelly McCane. She returned to the show in a different role as the conniving and psychotic super-bitch Angie Russell in September 2002, when the show's ratings were slipping. Her character quickly became one of Australia's favourite villainesses with many fans referring to her six months on the show (ending in April 2003) as the "Angie Era". The storylines revolving around her – ultimately ending in her murder, and subsequent investigation – are credited with giving the show a resurgence in popularity.

Half a year later, viewers were shocked with the revelation in the 2003 season finale that new girl Tasha (played by Isabel Lucas) was Angie's daughter – a move which led to Foell returning to the show briefly as Angie in 2004 as visions haunting Tasha. Then in a Twin Peaks-style move, she returned to the show in August 2004 in a new role as Angela's cousin Josie, whom she played until June 2005.

Shortland Street

In 2005 she appeared in a six week recurring guest role on Shortland Street as Justine Jones, an ambitious career driven doctor hired to assist Dr. Chris Warner (played by Michael Galvin) with the Plastics Unit. Justine used her position to undermine Chris and eventually stole the contract away from him and took it to Australia. In July 2006, Laurie Foell reprised her Shortland Street role full-time, with Justine being controversially given a senior surgeon role at the hospital.

It was announced on Wednesday 22 November 2006 that Shortland Street would replace Foell in the role of Justine Jones with actress Lucy Wigmore. South Pacific Pictures, which makes the show, said Foell's departure was a "mutual decision by the actor and the producers". There was some speculation into the details of this due to anonymous postings on a fan website, which suggested the departure was less than mutual. Shortland Street producer Jason Daniel said Justine Jones was a popular character, central to both current and upcoming storylines, hence the decision to recast the role, a first for the kiwi soap opera.

Other work

Foell's other acting credits include a starring role in the New Zealand soap opera City Life in 1996 and several small parts in various films.


Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Fringe Dwellers Waitress Based on the novel (credited as Laurence Foel)
2001 Russian Doll Eve Davenport
2001 Elixir Julia Woodland
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Blue Murder Pam Drury TV mini-series
1996 G.P. Jane Severen 1 episode – Brain Storm
1997 Big Sky Pauline Davies 1 episode – Mac's Time
1998 Heartbreak High Amanda Nicholls 1 episode
1998 City Life Stephanie Cox Regular cast member 1996–1998
1998 Chameleon Nana TV movie
1998 Tiger Country Det. Sgt. Stephanie Wilson TV movie
2000 Nowhere to Land Flight Attendant Maggie TV movie
2002 All Saints Stacey Fowler 1 episode – Thicker Than Water
2002 The Vector File Helen Burton TV movie
2002 Don't Blame Me Miss Crowley 1 episode – Greg Scores a Goal
2002 Home and Away: Secrets and the City Angie Russell (video)
2004 Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal 2004 Herself – Guest Panelist
2005 Home and Away Kelly McCane/Angie Russell/Josie Russell 1999 – guest star, 2002–2003 – 6 months guest role, regular cast member – 2004–2005
2005 Great Food Live Herself 1 episode
2006 Shortland Street Justine Jones regular cast member 2005–2006
2007 Reckless Behavior: Caught on Tape Esther Richardson TV movie


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  2. "Josie Russell character played by Laurie Foell". Retrieved 16 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  4. "Shortland Street official site". Retrieved 16 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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