Jessica Marais to play Carlotta

The Sydney Morning Herald reports Jessica Marais has landed the lead role in the the miniseries on the famed King’s Cross showgirl, Carlotta.

Carlotta is often referred to as “Australia’s most famous transsexual.”

Produced by FremantleMedia Australia, it is set to air on the ABC sometime in 2013. It is not expected to begin shooting until the end of the year.

The former Packed to the Rafters star has more recently been appearing in Magic City in the US for Starz. It has already been renewed for a ten-episode second season.

Carlotta, also a former Beauty and the Beast panellist, is acting as a Consultant on the project.


  1. Erik1981said – no a very good role for her after leaving rafters 🙁

    You need to tune into Magic City where she does appear in the nude more than once… now that is something very different to her role in the Rafters.

  2. daveinprogress

    I guess they need a ‘name’ for the funding of it.
    Virginia Gay has the stature and potential androgeny (i say that with respect, not derision).
    Or the other interesting mix of gender qualities on Winners and Losers – Zoe Tuckwell Smith – but not sure is she would have either enough experience or a name to get it launched.

  3. I agree, terrific and gorgeous as she is, Jessica would in no way convince me she’s Carlotta. Too short, too girly.

    I look forward to being proved wrong!

  4. The Head of Drama at the ABC needs to take final responsibility for this choice. Jessica Marais is a coup on one level, but eventually may be viewed as a loss of nerve. Part of the key to the success of Pricilla was the casting of those fabulous men.

  5. I know that Carlotta herself wanted Jessica Marais to play her, but i’m not convinced she is the best person for the role. There are so many transexuals that could have played this role.

  6. Adam Oriti Art

    Very unconvincing. She was born female. There will be many transsexual people that would love to take the role that is true to the Narrative.

  7. daveinprogress

    Interesting, She has the acting chops, but will need to gain some weight, and some make up – i think she is way too pretty. Carlotta had presence, still does – but has a most distinctive voice and speech. That will be an acting challenge of the highest order – Jessica will need all her W.A.P.A training. Definitely one to watch.

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