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» Stingers Star Bitten By Tassie
by Sue Bailey

June 27, 2003

ONE of Australia's most popular television stars, Rebecca Gibney, has moved to Tasmania.

She has joined a growing list of high-flying Australians to make the state their new home.

Gibney, 37, the star of Stingers and Halifax fp, has bought a farm near Launceston.

She and husband, production designer Richard Bell, secretly sold their Melbourne home in the bayside suburb of Hampton.

They said goodbye to the bright lights, and hustle and bustle of the city in exchange for a quiet, rural lifestyle in the Tamar Valley.

The farm will be home to the television couple, who married early last year, and also some horses, a sheep, a couple of alpacas and two dogs.

Gibney and Bell, who are both New Zealanders, plan to keep an apartment in Melbourne as a base for working trips.

Gibney has no plans to cut back on her acting work. She is considering several scripts.

Gibney and Bell met when working on Magda Szubanski's Dog Woman.

They apparently found that they had lived in the same street in her home town of Hastings.

Gibney has revealed she had a tough childhood growing up with an alcoholic father. Her family moved home up to 40 times.

Gibney does volunteer work at a Salvation Army refuge in Melbourne to offer hope to victims of domestic abuse.

She and Bell have formed a new production company, R and R.

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