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Whyte Christmas in the outback

Thursday, 18th December, 2014

Australian-born actress Jordan Whyte (middle) has travelled from her home in England to spend Christmas with her mother Moyna and sister Jo. Australian-born actress Jordan Whyte (middle) has travelled from her home in England to spend Christmas with her mother Moyna and sister Jo.

By Emily Roberts

Christmas is that time of year when families come together, and one UK resident has travelled all the way to share an “outback” Christmas with her family.

Australian-born actress, Jordan Whyte, has been living in the United Kingdom since she was six years old.

Her family migrated there and Jordan completed her education in England.

When she was 24 her mother came back to Australia to live. After attending Exeter University and gaining a First Class Honours Degree in English and Drama, Jordan stayed on as an actress.

“I have worked mostly in theatre for over 20 years,” she said.

“I have toured nationally, through Britain, and internationally.”

Jordan has worked most extensively for Theatre Alibi, with whom she has toured in over 20 productions. 

They include A Flying Visit, Deep Down Cowboys, The Ministry of Fear, Close to Home, Spies, Pobby and Dingan, and Why the Whales Came.

Other productions include Othello, Pericles, Sleeping Beauty, and The Importance of Being Earnest.

“Most recently I’ve been working for Bath Theatre Royal, Travelling Light, and the Southbank in London,” she said.

Jordan has come to Broken Hill for an extended stay.

“My mother’s sister lives here and when my mum came out she decided to move here also - that was four years ago,” she said.

“This will be my first long stay in Broken Hill.”

Jordan’s mum, Moyna, and sister Jo will spend the holidays together doing lots of tourist activities.

“I arrived at just the right point. We went to Carols by Candlelight and had a fantastic time,” she said.

Jordan said this will only be the third time in 20 years they have spent Christmas together.

“It is quite an event, it is the most “outback” Christmas I will have had.

“This will be the first year I won’t receive a Christmas parcel with all my favourite Australian food, like Twisties and Violet Crumbles.”

But Moyna said there will be lots of seafood and Pavlova.

“We’re not going with the traditional Christmas, as Jordan has that in England,” she said.

“We will also have some excursions lined up - we will do lots of local things.

“We plan to visit the Sculptures and Silverton, as well as some galleries and the regional Aquatic Centre.”

Jordan said as she lives in bustling Bristol, it has been nice to take a step back.

“Even driving around Broken Hill is nice,” she said.

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