Mary 'Effie' Coustas

Logie Award-winning actor, comedian, 'Effie', MC & compere

Mary Coustas is a Logie Award-winning actor, comedian and writer, better known as her alter ego Effie - the trash-with-flash Madonna of the western suburbs. With a wonderful combination of naivety and clarity, fuzzy logic and shrewd intelligence, Effie is a suburban superstar.

Mary is the star of Out of Work, Acropolis Now, Wogarama, Hercules Returns and Greeks on the Roof, to name but a few. An icon of Australian comedy, she has won two awards for Best Comedy Performer, a Logie Award as voted by the Australian public and a Variety Heart Award from her industry peers. She is one of Australia's best-loved character actors and comics.

Her new show 'A Corporate Date with Effie' is sure to lighten up any corporate event as she shares her views on selling yourself in a dog-eat-dog world, pursuing what you desire and closing the deal in her inimitable style.

Also an extremely talented master of ceremonies and compere, Effie the Greek Hair-Gel Goddess will have your audience falling off their chairs with laughter. She's also superb at building staff self-esteem, corporate dinners, awards nights, hypotheticals, and debates.

About Mary Coustas:

Mary Coustas began her performing career with the innovative Handspan Theatre in Melbourne. An invitation to join the cast of Wogs out of Work saw her create her own characters including the inspirational Effie. Confronting Anglo Saxons (Skips) with the own prejudices, Wogs out of Work became the most successful original Australian theatre show ever produced, breaking box office records and touring nationally for over two years.

The show's phenomenal success led to five seasons of the hit TV sitcom series Acropolis Now in which Mary played Effie Stephanides, the Greek hairdresser who stole the show with her big mouth and refusal to take lip from anyone.

From there Mary went on to star in Wog-A-Rama, Waiting for Effie - her one-woman show - and the critically acclaimed Effie X-Posed. In 1998 she performed in the comedy Sylvia for the Melbourne Theatre Company, which received rave reviews. The same year she also hosted the Australian Film Institute Awards.

Mary and Effie's other numerous television appearances include Effie Just Quietly (SBS), Good Guys Bad Guys, Water Rats, Wildside, the animated film The Magic Pudding, the documentary The Ties That Bind, a guest appearance on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Australian host of the Eurovision Song Contest, and regular roles on Grass Roots and The Secret Life of Us.

Mary wrote and performed her own TV show Greeks on The Roof based on Effie's family home TV studio. As Effie has so much to say, Mary allowed her to write a book, Effie's Guide To Being Up Yourself. Effie also worked on Melbourne's FOX FM breakfast team and recorded the hit single Amigos Para Siempre (Friends for Life) with Norman Gunston. Her film credits include Nirvana Street Murder, Hercules Returns and Mull for which she received an AFI nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Mary Coustas has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Performing Arts with a sub major of Journalism and has many stage and screen credits to her name. A quiet achiever, she donates a great deal of herself for her many chosen causes.

Client testimonials

We should pay Effie double – she was quite simply FANTASTIC – particularly Effie’s line – It’s not DOG eat DOG – it’s WOG eat WOG! Everyone I’ve spoken to also thinks it was the best ever! It was a great night.

SBS Television

People are RAVING about it being the best one ever. Seriously raving. It’s great. Effie was a sensation and they’re raving about her too. And everyone has a hangover.

Daily Telegraph

Wow – what a night! The feedback from guests and staff has been absolutely incredible. Your comical anecdotes were a great hit and your banter with Larry was very entertaining. I can’t begin to thank you for your contribution in making our Client Appreciation Party a night that will be remembered for many years to come.

Australia Post

Your presence and the comedy spot you delivered were instant hits with our clients and staff members alike. We are still in awe of the way in which you spiced up the information we gave you and delivered it with such aplomb.

Minter Ellison Lawyers

Thank you again for bringing Effie along to our Consumer Finance Expo last week. The feedback from staff has been incredible – they loved the fact that a ‘star’ of Effie’s calibre would come along to an event like this and be so tuned in to the theme of the event.

ANZ Bank

You were a wild success with our students and staff who were inspired by the messages you presented to them.

MLC (Methodist Ladies College)

The standard of entertainment was second to none. As Master of Ceremonies, you delighted the audience as well as conveying all our key messages in your uniquely wicked way. It was a night we will all remember.

2002 Gay Games

Guys and gals. What a great night! Feedback this morning has been outstanding…The best Ball ever, is the common view. Effie slayed ‘em. As John Howard said, the Ball has become THE Canberra event to attend.

The Australian

I would like to thank you for your participation in the National Conference, ‘Quest for Excellence’ which contributed to the success of the event.

Mortgage Choice