Jane Clifton is an Australian actress and singer. Her best known acting role is probably that of tough crim Margo Gaffney in Prisoner. She played the role from 1980 until 1984 on an intermittant basis. Clifton has also acted extensively in film and the stage and in various television programs. Films include The Clinic and A Slice of Life. Stage roles include The Pack of Women and Mum's the Word. Television appearances include Sweet and Sour and a guest appearance in Carson's Law. She has more recently acted in an episode of Shock Jock (on Foxtel's TV1) playing Barry Gold's mother. Clifton is also an accomplished singer. In the early 1980s she had several Australian hit singles, including Taxi Mary recorded with Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, and the song The Girl on the Wall taken from the show The Pack of Women. She has more recently released a CD entitled The Marriage Of Style
Sometimes life can be very good to the dedicated reader. In 2002 I cannot tell you how excited I was when HALF PAST DEAD dropped into my line of sight. At the time I was obsessed with the local crime writing scene - having originally been "rehooked" by Marele Day, Patricia Carlon, Peter Corris, Shane Maloney and what, at the time, was building to an increasingly wide variety of locally set, locally relevant crime writing. A HAND IN THE BUSH followed in 2005 and I still have my paperback with the cartoon cover, signed by Jane after a panel at the Melbourne Writers Festival.