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Zoe Ventoura
Notable work
Packed to the Rafters
(m. 2015⁠–⁠2020)

Zoe Ventoura is an Australian actress. She played Melissa Rafter in Packed to the Rafters from 2008–2010. The character's death earned Ventoura a nomination for the Logie Award for Most Popular Actress in 2011. That same year, Ventoura starred alongside actor Daniel MacPherson, whom she later married, in Wild Boys. Other roles include Miki Mavros in the television comedy series Kick and Sonya Hyde in Hyde and Seek. Ventoura joined the recurring cast of Home and Away as Alex Neilson in 2019.

Early and personal life

Ventoura attended Penrhos College in Perth, Western Australia.

In December 2014, Ventoura became engaged to longtime partner and Wild Boys co-star Daniel MacPherson,[1] and they married in Noosa in November 2015.[2] The couple have one child, a son born in December 2019.[3] A year later, Ventoura announced that the pair had separated.[4]


Ventoura portrayed Melissa Rafter (née Bannon) in Packed to the Rafters. Her shock on-screen death was the highest rating episode of the hugely popular series, and gained her a nomination for the Logie Award for Most Popular Actress in 2011.[5] That same year, Ventoura starred alongside actor Daniel MacPherson in the Seven Network colonial drama Wild Boys.

Ventoura is also known for starring as Miki Mavros in the SBS television comedy series Kick, for which she earned two Logie nominations. She has also had a number of roles in the theatre, film and other television series such as Last Man Standing, US feature films Drive Hard, Fatal Honeymoon and the horror movie See No Evil. She appeared in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One by director Shane Abbess. In 2016, Ventoura starred opposite Matt Nable as Sonya Hyde in the Australian thriller, Hyde and Seek for Channel 9.

Ventoura joined the cast of television soap opera Home and Away as Alex Neilson in April 2019 during the show's thirty-second season.[6] She made her first on-screen appearance on 22 August 2019.

In September 2020, it was announced that Ventoura would be joining the cast of Nine Network drama series Doctor Doctor for its fifth season, which is set to air in 2021.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Sweat Dancer Season 1, Episode 26
2005 Last Man Standing Adele 2 episodes
2007 Kick Miki Mavros 13 episodes
2008–2013 Packed to the Rafters Melissa Bannon Seasons 1–3 (65 episodes)
2011 Wild Boys Mary Barrett 10 episodes
2012 Fatal Honeymoon Joanna TV Movie
2013 Knockin' on Doors Season 1, Episode 2
2016 Hyde and Seek Sonya Hyde
2019–2020 Home and Away Alex Neilson Season 32–33 (recurring role)
2021 Doctor Doctor TBA Season 5


Year Title Role Notes
2006 See No Evil Eyeless Women
2009 An Unfinished Romance Flora
2010 Stay Awake Sarah
2014 Drive Hard Agent Walker
2016 Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child Sgt. Cognit
2017 You Can't Play the Game If You Don't Know the Rules Andrea
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Mayor's wife
2020 More Beautiful for Having Been Broken McKenzie De Ridder


  1. ^ Molloy, Shannon (20 January 2015). "Daniel MacPherson announces his engagement to girlfriend Zoe Ventoura". Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  2. ^ Jonathon Moran; Luke Dennehy (1 December 2015). "Zoe Ventoura and Daniel Macpherson tie the knot low-profile style". The Daily Telegraph. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  3. ^ Sullivan, Rebecca (6 May 2020). "Daniel Macpherson breaks his silence on his exciting baby news and gives a rare insight into fatherhood". TV Week. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Former Home and Away star Zoe Ventoura announces split from husband Dan MacPherson". Digital Spy. 13 December 2020. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  5. ^ Bateman, Michelle (27 December 2008). "What's next for Ben and Mel?". TV Week (52). Australia: Pacific Publications. pp. 10–11.
  6. ^ Brygel, Jackie (8 April 2019). "Home & Away Exclusive: Zoe Ventoura joins Summer Bay". New Idea. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Doctor Doctor to return in 2021 with 5 new cast members". Mediaweek. 16 September 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2021.

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