Originally from Malta, Frances also lived in Berlin and London before settling in Sydney in 2003. She is a classically trained actress, graduating with a BA Hons in Acting and Theatre Studies from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Her acting debut was in the musical Buddy at the Strand Theatre in London’s West End, playing the female lead Maria Elena Holly for two years and then selected to perform the role on a subsequent European tour.
In Sydney, after an absence from the acting scene of 5 years, she came back to the stage with a commended performance of La Madre in Tango Masculino at the New Theatre.
2016 ended with what Frances calls “A gift from heaven” when she was cast in her first feature film in the role of Zahra (Ali’s mum), in what turned out to be the multi-award winning Australian film, Ali’s Wedding, and for which she received the 2017 Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and a Nomination for the 2017 AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actress.
On the short film circuit Frances is best known for her role as Maria in Ave Maria, written and directed by the multi-award winner Venetia Taylor. Their second short film together, Venice, in which Frances played The Maid, has been screened in several short film festivals world-wide, collecting 13 awards including Audience Choice, and Best Comedy.
For television Frances performed in the British soap opera Crossroads for ITV, and in Doctors, Chambers, and Ancient Egypt for the BBC.
She has also featured in a variety of television commercials performed in multiple languages for different markets, including Europe and the Middle East, and has worked as a producer/broadcaster on the Maltese programme for SBS Radio.
A multi-lingual actress, Frances is fluent in Maltese and English, with a good working knowledge of Italian and French, and has been known to also dabble in Arabic, Spanish, German, Norwegian and Dutch.
A proud owner of a guitar she is yet to learn, Frances' Interests tend to lean towards song and dance, namely Tango Argentino, Salsa, Flamenco and Belly Dance.
A closet singer songwriter and poet, 2018 is the year to come out of this creative closet, beginning right here on the Voice page of this website.
“I’m so glad that “Ali’s Wedding” is my first feature film. I couldn’t have wished for a better collaboration. It was worth the wait.”