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Chantal Contouri

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Chantal Contouri
Born1950 (age 70–71)
Agios Georgios, Vion, Greece
  • Actress
  • dancer
  • former restaurateur
Years active1963–present

Chantal Contouri (born 1950; sometimes credited as Chantal Cantouri, Greek: Σαντάλ Κοντούρη[1]) is a Greek Australian television and film actress and former dancer, best known for her role in the 1970s soap opera Number 96, as nurse Tracy Wilson, later revealed to be the serial killer known as the infamous "pantyhose strangler".[2]


Contouri was born in Agios Georgios, Greece in 1950, the first of five children to Fotini and Konstantinos, the family emigrated to Australia aboard an Italian ship Castel Felice in 1954; and settled in Adelaide, where Contouri attended Adelaide High School, where she learned English, after leaving home she stated her career as a dancer, and appeared on music show Kommotion, before venturing into acting, where she has the only distinction of being the first Greek actress to pursue a career in Australia and the only one to win a Logie Award, she has had guest and recurring roles in series and soap opera and Australian films.

She featured in The Sullivans as Melina Tsangarakis, who married Norm Baker before her death by firing squad. Contouri appeared in US daytime soap opera General Hospital in 1988 and played a guest role in Australian teen soap E Street in 1993.[3]

She played leading roles in Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974) and the sex comedy film Alvin Purple Rides Again (1974), and later had a guest role in the Alvin Purple television series produced in 1976. Contouri had starring roles in horror-suspense films Thirst (1979) and Snapshot (aka The Day After Halloween) (1979). She featured in Timothy Spanos' film The House Cleaner in 2013, playing an alcoholic acting agent and her most recent role was in a remake of Stormboy in 2019.

Contouri remains best known however as Nurse Tracey Wilson in serial Number 96 and in 2007 discussed her time on the series in an episode of Where Are They Now?, and revealed that she runs the family's restaurant in Adelaide.[4] The restaurant closed in 2014, she currently resides in Torrensville, South Australia.[5] Contouri recorded an audio commentary for a 2008 DVD boxed set release of 32 Number 96 episodes, entitled The Pantyhose Strangler.


Year Title Role
1974 The Champion (TV movie)
1974 Barry McKenzie Holds His Own Zizi
1974 Alvin Rides Again, and Again! And Again! And Again Booobs la Touche
1974 Barry McKenzie Holds His Own - Behind the Scenes
1974-1975 Number 96 Tracy Wilson
1975 Shannon's Mob (TV series)
1976 Silent Number (TV series) Marie
1976 Is There Anybody There? (TV movie) Rosa
1976 Alvin Purple (TV series) Christine
1976 The Sullivans (TV series) Melina Baker
1976 McManus MPB (TV movie) Lara Boltolavic
1977 High Rolling in a Hot Corvette Bus Hostess
1978-1979 Chopper Squad (TV series) 2 roles
-Janie Smart
-Diana Baker
1979 One More Minute Madeline
1979 Thirst Kate Davis
1979 Doctor Down Under (TV series) Dr. Wainwright
1980 Skyways (TV series) Lorraine Cruikshank
1980 Touch and Go Fiona
1980 The Three Sea-Wolves (TV movie) Laura Fiore
1981 Holiday Island (TV series)
1982 Der schwarze Bumerang [de] (TV mini-series) Minou
1983 All the Rivers Run (TV series) Julia
1984 Medea (TV movie) Medea
1988 General Hospital (TV series) Prunella
1988 Goodbye, Miss 4th of July (TV movie) Olymbia Janus
1992 Neighbour (TV series) Alexandra Lomax
1992 E Street (TV series) Julia Preston
1994 Metal Skin Savina's Mother
1996 Offspring Rosa Cassini
2000 Nameday (film short)
2001 And She Said...
2003 Criminal Ways Sally
2009 Birthday Scarlet
2010 The Otherside (film short) Vinchenzena
2010 Lonesdale
2011 Unfinished Thoughts (film short) Lucia
2013 The House Cleaner Zara Kozwalski
2014 Wastelander Panda (TV series) Varrick
2016 Allie (film short) Mother
2018 Hotel Mumbai Mrs. Karvelas
2019 Storm Boy Julie Sims
2021 Aftertaste (TV series) Mama


  1. ^ Neos Kosmos
  2. ^ "Number 96". 10 June 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  3. ^ "GEORGE NEGUS INTERVIEWS CHANTAL CONTOURI". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 April 2003. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  4. ^ Andrew Fenton (4 March 2008). "Back as brothel madam". The Advertiser. Adelaide. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  5. ^ Kevin Ascott (15 October 2016). "Telethon legend Christiaan Barnard still hearty". The Western Australian. Retrieved 22 February 2018.

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