Melissa Jaffer

Melissa Jaffer


12/1/1936, Gladstone, South Australia, Australia

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An award-winning Australian actress, Melissa Jaffer has proven herself a master of stage and screen. Though having appeared in many films, she is likely best known to international viewers for her role on the imaginative original science-fiction series Farscape. With a life as engrossed in the pursuit of…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Melissa Jaffer appeared as a guest on the Guy Nobel radio show on April 1, 1996.

    • Melissa Jaffer's want for meditative prayer led her to become a nun, one of the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, before returning to acting.

    • When asked if her character Noranti on Farscape was a drug "pusher", Melissa defended her, saying, "Noranti is a doctor, Utu means doctor. I am Utu Noranti Pralatong. Noranti only ever suggests drugs for the relief of pain or suffering."

    • The interest of Melissa Jaffer in science fiction started when she played an alien in the 1992 film The Distant Home.

    • Melissa Jaffer is currently represented by BLA Management, located in Woolloomoooloo, Australia.

    • Melissa Jaffer was one of the few cast members of Farscape who did special signed trading cards of her character, Noranti, for the show's season 4 trading card set.

    • Melissa played the role of Vi on stage at the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Harbour.

    • Melissa Jaffer was the only main cast member of Farscape who appeared in The Peacekeeper Wars to not appear at the Dragon Con convention in Atlanta, Georgia.

    • The character of Noranti on Farscape is modeled upon Melissa Jaffer herself.

    • Melissa Jaffer's makeup on Farscape took about two hours to apply and about one hour to remove.

    • Melissa Jaffer worked as a hair stylist for the 1982 movie Heatwave.

    • In 1976, Melissa Jaffer won an AFI Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Caddie.

  • Quotes

    • Melissa Jaffer: (Regarding a character from her film "My Mother Frank") She's like lots of nuns who taught me in that she's always teaching a lesson and means well, but she has no idea how aggressive she is and she crashes in and says what she thinks, relentlessly telling the truth motivated by a genuine deep love for Frank.

    • Melissa Jaffer: (Regarding her character onFarscape) She lives entirely for the present moment. The past is sleeping in the memory bank, the future does not exist.

    • Melissa Jaffer: I only ever take a role if I like the script and believe that I am right for the role.

    • Melissa Jaffer: We all have this unseen eye which we use to recall things, to foresee things, to imagine things and so on.

    • Melissa Jaffer: My life is deeply rooted in Body and Spirit. I have been passionate about the marriage of these two elements all my life.

    • Melissa Jaffer: (Regarding the true nature of the food her character Noranti is seen cooking on Farscape) The ingredients in Noranti's cooking are predominately of Asian influence and all edible. The Farscape props department goes to great lengths to ensure the safety and comfort of the actor at all times. Indeed, some of it is quite tasty!

    • Melissa Jaffer: (Regarding playing science fiction creatures) As an actor born with a lively imagination, my mind, in its passionate search for truth, has always been open to all possibilities.