Tasma Walton
Tasma Walton.jpg
Walton at the 2012 Samsung AACTA Awards
Born (1973-08-19) 19 August 1973 (age 49)
Years active1989–present
(m. 2009)

Tasma Walton (born 19 August 1973)[1] is an Australian television and film actress.

Acting career

Walton joined local radio station 6GE and trained as a production assistant and copy writer in her home town. She was accepted into the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) but dropped out after two years. She joined a small Sydney theatre, and landed a role as the love interest of Ian Moss in the music video for Tucker's Daughter off his 1989 debut album Matchbook. In 1995, Walton played the recurring role of Rachel Watson in Home and Away.[2]

In 1996, Walton was cast as Dash McKinley in the police drama series Blue Heelers. Her character was introduced halfway through Season 3. She also played another character, Kim Trelor, in the same series.[3] To win the role of Dash, Walton auditioned three times. Her second one with William McInnes (Nick Schultz) gained her the role. In the audition Schultz yelled at Dash and while some of the other actresses burst into tears, Walton reacted by laughing. In the same year she made her film debut in Fistful of Flies. Her last episode of Blue Heelers, "The Full Circle" screened in mid-1999. Walton stated that she was leaving the series to pursue other acting projects and to be with her boyfriend in Sydney.

She has since appeared in a variety of film and TV productions, including Water Rats, Sea Patrol, The Postcard Bandit and Perdition. She also won recurring roles in White Collar Blue and BeastMaster.

In 2009, Walton joined the cast of City Homicide in the semi-regular role of criminal profiler, Claudia Leigh.[4] On 27 July 2013, it was announced that Walton had rejoined the cast of Home and Away in the recurring role of Jade Montgomery. She was on the show for two seasons.[2]

In 2016, Walton appeared on three episodes of Rake. She also had a regular role on Cleverman (in 2016 and 2017). In 2018, she joined the cast of Mystery Road, reprising her role from the 2013 film of the same name. She returned to season two in 2020.

Personal life

Walton has Aboriginal heritage on her mother's side.[5] Walton was in a relationship with Danny Roberts for seven and a half years until 2004.[6] She began dating Rove McManus in October 2007. They married in a private ceremony in Broome, Western Australia on 16 June 2009.[7] In September 2013, Walton and McManus announced that they were expecting their first child.[8] The couple's daughter was born in December 2013.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Fistful of Flies Maria "Mars" Lupi
2003 Subterano Stone
2005 Perdition Jo Short film
2006 Safety in Numbers Caroline
2009 Dreamland April Freeman
2009 Blessed Gail
2009 Together Alone Trish Short film
2013 Mystery Road Mary Swan
2015 Looking for Grace Sandra
2017 The Half Dead Julie Masden Post-production
2021 How to Please a Woman Monique
2022 Sweet As Mitch


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Home and Away Rachel Watson Recurring role; Season 8
1995 Echo Point Gina TV series
1995 Blue Heelers Kim Treloar "Salutary Lessons"
1996–99 Blue Heelers Const. Deirdre E. "Dash" McKinley 129
1998 Cody: The Wrong Stuff TV film
1999 Airtight Virg TV film
2000 Water Rats Belinda Harvey "Able to Leap Tall Buildings"
2000 Virtual Nightmare Wendy TV film
2000–02 BeastMaster Caro Recurring role
2001 The Secret Life of Us Leah Recurring role
2003 The Postcard Bandit Frankie TV film
2003 White Collar Blue Gemma Mancuzzo "2.10", "2.11"
2004 Roll Emma TV film
2004 McLeod's Daughters Tracey Morrison Season 4, episode 8: "Show of Love"
2005 Little Oberon Georgie Green TV film
2006 BlackJack: At the Gates Sylvia TV film
2006 Stupid, Stupid Man Janine Russell "A Very, Very Private Function"
2009 Sea Patrol Jila "Secret Cargo"
2009–10 City Homicide Claudia Leigh Regular role
2013–14 Home and Away Jade Montgomery Recurring role; Seasons 26–27
2014 It's a Date Paulina "Should You Date Outside Your Comfort Zone?"
2016 Rake Jack "4.6", "4.7", "4.8"
2016–17 Cleverman Araluen Regular role
2018–20 Mystery Road Mary Swan Eps 2, 3 & 4
2019 Show Me the Movie! Herself 1 episode
2020 Whovians Herself 1 episode





  1. ^ "Panscript". Panscript. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  2. ^ a b Schipp, Debbie (27 July 2013). "Underbelly: Squizzy and Ripper Street prove yet again that crime pays for free-to-air TV". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  3. ^ Browne, Rachel (27 April 1996). "Cop gives shop a break". The Sun-Herald. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  4. ^ Dennehy, Luke (1 February 2009). "Rove, Tasma in showdown". Herald Sun. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Mystery Road star Tasma Walton on her hidden family history". Are Media. 19 June 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  6. ^ Keenan, Catherine (7 September 2009). "Who's that girl?". The Age. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Romancing Rove: Tasma Walton Dishes on Proposing To Rove". Who. Pacific Magazines. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  8. ^ Hornery, Andrew (9 September 2013). "Rove McManus and wife Tasma Walton are expecting their first child". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  9. ^ Casamento, Jo (21 December 2013). "Early Christmas present for Rove and Tasma as baby Ruby arrives". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 December 2013.