Where the stars of miniseries Brides of Christ are today

It was the groundbreaking 1991 miniseries which tackled the changing religious landscape of 1960s Australia.

And Brides of Christ's impact continues to be felt today, after it launched the long careers of several of its stars and set a high benchmark for Australian drama.

But what happened to the angelic-faced stars of this much beloved series? 

A high profile death, Hollywood fame and a tragedy kept secret for 15 years: Where the stars of miniseries Brides of Christ are today

A high profile death, fame and a tragedy kept secret for 15 years: Where the stars of miniseries Brides of Christ are today

Airing on ABC, its six episodes followed protagonist Diane, played by Josephine Byrnes, who gave up a fiance to become Sister Catherine.

Becoming firm friends with Veronica, played by Lisa Henley, the two women bonded over their hopes for a more progressive Catholic church and butted heads with older nun Sister Agnes, played by Brenda Fricker.

But not all of its actors went on to a life of success, with some stars enduring a high profile death of an ex-boyfriend, regret over a promising career never realised, and a tragedy from the set kept secret for 15 years. 

Josephine Byrnes: Sister Catherine/Diane

Breakout star? Josephine Byrnes won rave reviews for her breakout role as Diane on Brides of Christ

Breakout star? Josephine Byrnes won rave reviews for her breakout role as Diane on Brides of Christ

Now aged 50, Josephine Byrnes won rave reviews for her breakout role as Diane on Brides of Christ.

While she appeared poised for big screen success, Josephine's career unexpectedly stalled, reportedly due to her reluctance to move overseas or publicise her personal life, Fairfax Media reported.

Josephine worked consistently in smaller roles on television such as Water Rats and All Saints as well as a number of major theatre productions during the 1990s and 2000s, but also supplemented her income through interior design work.

In 2003, Josephine told the Sydney Morning Herald she still felt typecast as 'the girl from Brides of Christ'.

'It's a horrible thing, and this is partly why I try not to do too many interviews, with people going, "What happened?"' She explained. 

She appears to have retired from acting on screen and stage after marrying Peter Gilbert in 2005, her last screen role listed as The Matrix Reloaded as a Zion Virtual Control Operator.  

Last role: Josephine's last movie appearance is listed as The Matrix Reloaded as a Zion Virtual Control Operator

Last role: Josephine's last movie appearance is listed as The Matrix Reloaded as a Zion Virtual Control Operator

'It's a horrible thing': In 2003, Josephine told the Sydney Morning Herald she still felt typecast as 'the girl from Brides of Christ'. Pictured in 2004 

'It's a horrible thing': In 2003, Josephine told the Sydney Morning Herald she still felt typecast as 'the girl from Brides of Christ'. Pictured in 2004 

Brenda Fricker: Sister Agnes 

Accomplished: Irish actress Brenda Fricker, 72, is an Oscar winner with more than 80 film credits to her name

Accomplished: Irish actress Brenda Fricker, 72, is an Oscar winner with more than 80 film credits to her name

Irish actress Brenda Fricker, 72, is an Oscar winner with more than 80 film credits to her name.

While she has achieved success on-screen, Brenda admitted to being 'completely broke' in 2012 and revealed to Sky Arts she had attempted suicide more than 32 times in her lifetime.

Brenda won the 1990 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance as Mrs Brown in My Left Foot.  

In 2014 the acclaimed performer said she was tentatively retiring from acting due to ill health, but may return to work for certain directors, the Irish Herald reported. 

While Brenda's portrayal of Sister Agnes won her widespread acclaim, she only recently revealed the tragic circumstances going on behind-the-scenes as she filmed Brides Of Christ.

In 2015 the actress claimed she was unable to attend the funeral of her ex-husband Barry Davies, who she had divorced in 1988, because her contract would not allow her to leave.

The incident was so traumatising Brenda is yet to visit Barry's grave and doesn't know where he is buried.

'While there, I got a phone call to say that he was dead. I went a bit mad and hysterical and started packing my bags,' she told RTE One. 

'They wouldn’t let me home for the funeral as I was his ex-wife and the contract was binding. I don’t know where he is buried and I don’t want to know where he is.' 

'They wouldn’t let me home for the funeral as I was his ex-wife': The actress claimed she was unable to attend the death of her ex-husband Barry Davies because her Brides of Christ contract would not allow her to leave

'They wouldn’t let me home for the funeral as I was his ex-wife': The actress claimed she was unable to attend the death of her ex-husband Barry Davies because her Brides of Christ contract would not allow her to leave

Lisa Hensley: Sister Paul/Veronica

Multi-talented: Since appearing on Brides Of Christ, Lisa Hensley has launched a successful and diverse media career

Multi-talented: Since appearing on Brides Of Christ, Lisa Hensley has launched a successful and diverse media career

Since appearing on Brides Of Christ, Lisa Hensley has launched a successful and diverse media career as a journalist, voiceover artist and presenter.  

She most recently acted in ABC series Black Comedy, and has also worked as the TV presenter of SBS' The Movie Show and Foxtel's The Know.

Lisa counts former supermodel Sarah Murdoch among her friends and shares two sons - Tom and Harry - with her advertising executive husband Simon Edwards.

Mother of two: Lisa counts former supermodel Sarah Murdoch among her friends and shares two sons- Tom and Harry- with her advertising executive husband Simon Edwards

Mother of two: Lisa counts former supermodel Sarah Murdoch among her friends and shares two sons- Tom and Harry- with her advertising executive husband Simon Edwards

Kym Wilson: Rosemary Fitzgerald

Fresh faced school girl: Kym Wilson, 44, achieved breakout success as an actress on Brides of Christ, but would later achieve fame for her antics off the screen.

Fresh faced school girl: Kym Wilson, 44, achieved breakout success as an actress on Brides of Christ, but would later achieve fame for her antics off the screen.

Kym Wilson, 44, achieved breakout success as an actress on Brides of Christ, but would later achieve fame for her antics off the screen. 

Following her performance as Rosemary, Kym found a place in the heart of mainstream Australia as Darcy in A Country Practice where she appeared in a total 183 episodes. She was also a regular on Heartbreak High.  

The blonde attracted international attention in 1997 after being revealed as the last person to see INXS frontman Michael Hutchence alive.

The attention caused Kym to flee to the United States, where she still lives

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