Rachel Ward is an actress, screenwriter and film and television director. She is known for The Thorn Birds (1983), Sharky's Machine (1981) and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982). She garnered nomination for ‘New Star of the Year’ award at the Golden Globe for playing Dominoe in the film ‘Sharky's Machine’. Her portrayal of Meggie Cleary in the television miniseries ‘The Thorn Birds’ fetched her a second Golden Globe nomination, afterwhich Rachel Ward featured in several screen productions and feature films. She won several directors awards for ‘The Big House’. Her directorial works also include the film ‘Martha's New Coat’ and ‘Beautiful Kate’.