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Sylvia Rands


Actor and vocal teacher Sylvia Rands’ first big television role was playing Polly Hanlon, wife to the legendary barrister in Hanlon. Nominated again for movie Bonjour Timothy, Rands has gone on to act in Go Girls, Homeward Bound and cult comedy The Neighbourhood Network, inbetween a busy stage career.

When I went on the film set of Hanlon no one knew I’d already had nine years’ experience in theatre. On TV you have to establish yourself from scratch. Sylvia Rands, in a 1985 New Zealand Woman’s Weekly interview