Freya Stafford is an Australian actress (born 21 January 1977 in Hobart, Australia) who has appeared in the television programs Head Start and White Collar Blue as central characters. She also made a guest appearance on Network Ten's The Lost World. She has also had parts in Network Ten's mini-series Small Claims, and the Australian movies Gettin' Square and Hell Has Harbour Views.
She showed an interest in acting from an early age, having a supporting role in a local production of Annie aged eight, apparently inspired by her older sister Natasha. She attended Mount Stuart Primary School and The Friends' School in North Hobart, before being selected to attend the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney, from which she graduated in 2000.
Whilst at NIDA, she was involved in a number of theatre productions, including Twelfth Night and Three Sisters. She also played a cinema usher in silverchair's 1999 Miss You Love music video.
Her breakthrough television role was as the bisexual film-maker Basia Lem on ABC-TV's Head Start immediately after graduating from NIDA.
After a forty episode season of Head Start, Freya scored a role on Network Ten's White Collar Blue, an Australian cop drama, as Detective Senior Constable Harriet Walker. White Collar Blue screened for two seasons on Australian television, before being axed by the network whilst the cast and crew were on holiday after wrapping production on the second season.
From here, Freya appeared in Network Ten's first instalment of the mini-series Small Claims as Melinda Fehlers, and the Australian crime-comedy Gettin' Square, which included several internationally well-known actors, such as David Wenham (the Lord of the Rings) and Timothy Spall. Freya played the part of Annie Flynn, parole officer for the central character, Barry Wirth's (Sam Worthington) brother Joey, and also Barry's love interest. In 2003, she was a presenter at the 45th Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards. Freya also appeared in the ABC's adaptation of Richard Beasley's novel Hell Has Harbour Views as lawyer Jill Bishop.
Freya is set to star in US series Them, a sci-fi drama for which a pilot has been ordered by the FOX network. The series is currently in development and is also set to star James D'Arcy (Master And Commander: The Far Side of The World), Reg Rogers (Runaway Bride) and Rachel Nichols (Alias). The pilot is set to air during the US 2007-08 television season and is based on the graphic novel "Six" by Michael Avon Oeming and Daniel Berman. "Them" will be set in Los Angeles.
Freya will also star in Sydney's Griffin Theatre Company's production of Katherine Thomson's King Tide in October-November as Sal, an award-winning investigative journalist who becomes reclusive following the death of her son. "King Tide" is to be directed by Patrick Nolan.