- Category : 1958-births
- Type : PEG
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Rulership 3
Australian actress on film, television, and stage. She is one of only two actresses to win two Australian Film Institute Awards in the same year. Armstrong's 2001 awards were for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Lantana, and Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama Series for SeaChange. During 1981–1987, Armstrong was based in the United States, where she performed in stage and television productions, including in 1985/1986 a role in the soap opera Dynasty.
Armstrong appeared in both acting and presenting roles on Australian television in the 1970s and early 1980. She appeared as a GTV-9 weather girl, and then in a dramatic acting role, appearing as Lynne Warner, an original character in Network Ten women's prison drama Prisoner in the first 44 episodes. She then switched to another ongoing role in drama series Skyways for 49 episodes. In 1981 she co-hosted the Network Ten series Together Tonight with Greg Evans.
In 1981 Armstrong married rock band Australian Crawl's rhythm guitarist Brad Robinson. Armstrong and Robinson co-wrote "Easy on Your Own", a track on Australian Crawl's second album Sirocco and B-side to the single "Errol".
Whilst in the US, she starred in Tom Stoppard's Dalliance, had an ongoing role in daytime serial One Life to Live, and became part of 'The Actors' Gang' along with John Cusack and Tim Robbins. After working in the group's plays, Armstrong appeared in seven episodes of Dynasty as Elena, Duchess of Branagh. Robbins and Armstrong became romantically involved.
In 1987, Armstrong returned to Australia and in the early 1990s, she resumed acting in Australian television series, including Police Rescue, Ocean Girl, Come In Spinner, All Together Now and Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left. From 1998 to 2000, Armstrong played the role of Heather Jelly in the television series SeaChange, the ever-devoted but long-suffering wife of corrupt local mayor Bob (John Howard). On 10 May 2008 ABC-TV started screening a six-part series Bed of Roses with Armstrong in the lead role as Louisa Atherton.
Armstrong wrote a self-help book, The Circles, released on 1 November 2003. Her second book, Fool on the Hill, released in March 2006, is about the nature of personality. A travel guide, Newcomer's Handbook for New York City was co-edited with Belden Merims in 1996.
Armstrong has worked with several charitable organisations. In 1990, when their son was three months old, she married writer-producer Mac Gudgeon. The marriage to Gudgeon ended and in 1996 she married builder Mark Croft and they have twin sons. Armstrong and Croft separated in 2001.