Natalie Bassingthwaighte

Natalie Bassingthwaighte


9/1/1975, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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Natalie Bassingthwaighte


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Natalie Bassingthwaighte is a Gold Logie-nominated Australian actress, singer, and television personality best known for playing Isabelle "Izzy" Hoyland on the Australian soap opera Neighbours,
which gained her nominations for the TV Week Gold Logie.

In late 2004 she joined the Australian rock band, Rogue Traders,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In November 2007, Natalie revealed she would be focusing on a solo career, while still performing with the Rogue Traders. In mid-2008 it was then announced she would be leaving the band so she could focus exclusively on her solo career.

    • On their recent UK tour, Natalie was surprised, and delighted to discover a group of 6 fans waiting by the stage doors for her after their first set.

    • The Rogue Traders recently began their first UK tour, supporting girl band Girls Aloud. The tour kicked off in Newcastle on May 14th 2007. The Rogue Traders were the main support act, singing a 6 song set.

    • Natalie is now dating one of the members of her band, Rogue Traders. Their debut single "Voodoo Child" is now a big club hit in Britain.

    • Natalie has signed on to play lead role in supernatural horror movie titles, Prey. She will star alongside Jesse Johnson, who is the son of Miami Vice star Don Johnson. She will commence shooting in Melbourne in June 2007, following the Rogue Traders tour of the UK.

    • Natalie's Neighbours Character, Izzy Hoyland, was voted Number 5 in Perfect Blend's The 50 Greatest Neighbours

    • Natalie's character Izzy, on Neighbours, had a storyline involving her pregnancy lies reach number 16 in a "Favourite Storyline" poll on

    • Natalie's Neighbours Character, Izzy Hoyland, was recently voted number 10 in a "Favourite Character" poll on

    • Natalie has previously been linked romantically to assistant Neighbours director Ryan Eckersley.

    • Natalie has been playing Izzy Hoyland in the soap, Neighbours, since 2003.
      She filmed her final episode on June 2, 2006.

    • Natalie was chosen from 6000 people as an original cast member of the Australian Tour of Rent, covering the fabulous Maureen and playing Mark's Mum. She then directly joined the cast of Chicago, understudying Roxie and playing the role of June in both Australia and Asia.

    • Natalie's first professional engagement was a singer dancer at Australia's Wonderland, followed by two seasons as lead vocalist and stand up comic at Kaos Comedy Theatre restaurant.

    • Natalie has also appeared in some films, such as When Darkness Falls (2004), The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004) and Counterstrike (2003).

    • Natalie is an ambassador for the global children's charity Variety and frequently attends charity events, often singing and performing for an audience.

    • Despite a degree of disappointment after failing to win either of the categories Natalie was nominated in at the 2006 Logies, Natalie continues to grow publicly with her role in Neighbours and the Rogue Traders boosting her profile in Australia and around the world.

    • Whilst Natalie was at school she was also a member of The Talent Development Project, graduating the same year as the boys from Human Nature. Locally she played Audrey in Little Shop Of Horrors, before studying fulltime at The Australian College Of Entertainment.

    • Natalie toured New South Wales in the Regional Performing Ensemble at 13 and loved it so much she decided to attend the Wollongong High School of The Performing Arts from which she graduated in 1994.

    • Natalie has also made guest appearances on 2 episodes of Rove Live, and Good Morning Australia, and has performed with her band at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards 2005.

    • Natalie has appeared on the All Saints episode, "Touch and Go" (1998).

    • Before Natalie established herself as an actress, she was a meter maid, worked in a café, ran a Llama farm, and ran a recording studio.

    • Natalie has confirmed to TV Week that she will be leaving Neighbours to continue pursuing her music career with her band Rogue Traders. She will film her last episode on the 2nd June.

    • Natalie is currently dating fellow Rogue Traders band member Cameron McGlinchey.

    • Natalie comes from a big family with three sisters, two of which are twins.

    • Natalie moved from Sydney to Melbourne to appear in Neighbours.

  • Quotes

    • Natalie: (on her relationship with boyfriend Cameron McGlinchey) At first, we both thought, 'I don't know if we should be together,' but the relationship just did its own thing. It's really nice to be with someone who understands the industry. If I wasn't with him, I don't think I could have a relationship. I'm not around enough.

    • Natalie: I am so many different people and I guess that the grass will always be greener - when I am singing, I will want to be acting and when I am acting, I will want to be singing.

    • Natalie: (On her "Neighbours" character, Izzy) She's a really lovely girl, she just has a few problems!

    • Natalie: (on her "Neighbours" character, Izzy) She was never a bad girl, just a girl who made bad decisions... and kept making them. I wanted Izzy to really go out with a bang, but the producers had other things in mind and then gave me a nice little twist at the end.

    • Natalie: (on touring with the Rogue Traders) I'm having a good time, that's for sure. I am very involved with where the band is going, and at this point I feel I can do anything.
      I'm also considering moving to LA at the end of the year. At this stage, I can't wait to get out there and take over the world!

    • Natalie: (on her final day on "Neighbours") I was in tears all day and just a total wreck. I was certain that I would be fine as I was prepared for it, but I couldn't stop the tears flowing as we filmed. I was so emotional. If Alan (Fletcher) was there, I would have been worse. We had done so much together on the show. I probably wouldn't have been able to speak all if he was there.

    • Natalie: I'd made the decision, I'd done my last theatre show for a while. I wanted to concentrate on singing and I wanted to give film a go. We were all a little bit over the soapie star-turned singer. I didn't want to be that. I was fearful that people would judge me. But I realised it was something I was interested in doing if I could stop worrying about what other people might think.

    • Natalie: I've been on air three years, so I don't think they (the public) liked me at first – well obviously, because this is the first time I've been nominated for any award, let alone a Gold Logie.

    • Natalie: The pen is mightier than the sword, so if you invented some kind special sword that could also write you would really be incredibly mighty or you could kill someone and then autograph the body... I have so many good ideas!

    • Natalie: (on joing the Rogue Traders) Hopefully that has allowed people to see that I'm more than just a nasty pest.

    • Natalie: (on leaving "Neighbours") I want to be able to go on to a different role and for people not to remember me just as Izzy. I'm ready for new challenges and to be taken out of my comfort zone and get in there and do some more auditions.

    • Natalie: (on her final scene on "Neighbours") It was a really emotional scene to play. Obviously, I was leaving. But I think the biggest thing about it is that Izzy's relationships with all the other characters have come full circle. You see all of that changing until the very last minute.

    • Natalie: (on future acting roles) I hope I can get an even better character down the track, but I think Izzy will be a hard character to top. There was a lot of substance there. The writers and the producers made this layered character with real emotions and real dynamics, and I've also had a blast being able to find those levels.

    • Natalie: (asked to nominate her favourite Izzy storyline) I think it's everything I've done with Jackie and Alan. That whole storyline lasted so long and it felt like a real story because we didn't have to rush it. I loved the scene a couple of years back where Izzy told Karl that the baby she miscarried wasn't his. That was the most full-on scene. Then he kicked her out and it became even more outrageous from then on.