Rafters star Rebecca Gibney unrecognisable in '80s throwback

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

Many celebs are keen to keep their cringeworthy headshots from the early days of their career under wraps but not Packed To The Rafters star Rebecca Gibney.

The Aussie actor proudly shared not one but three photos of herself taken in the 1980s when permed hair, heavy eye makeup and lots of plaid were all the rage.

A black and white headshot of Australian actor Rebecca Gibney taken in the 1980s
Guess who? Packed To The Rafters star Rebecca Gibney shared some throwback snaps from the '80s. Photo: Instagram/RebeccaGibney_.

Blast from the past

Taking to her Instagram account on Friday, Rebecca, 56, posted the throwback snaps which show her aged in her late teens to her early 20s sporting a range of iconic '80s looks. In one, she sports Farrah Fawcett-inspired locks complete with a centre part and feathery strands framing her face.

In another, Rebecca's blonde strands are straighter yet no less teased, with a matching peach-coloured hue on her lips and lids.

The third portrait is more formal, with the Gold Logie winner sporting a strapless gown, a chain necklace and her hair pulled back into a bun — except for the back-combed fringe, in true punky 'New Wave' style.

"Hairstyles of the 80’s.... ( particularly loved the tight bun look with the teased fringe)," she captioned the pics, adding the hashtags 'tbt,' 'theperm' and 'flannelshirtswereintoo' for good measure.

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Packed To The Rafters cast Jessica Marais, Erik Thomson, Rebecca gibney, Hugh Sheridan and Angus McLaren
Rebecca with her Rafters co-stars, Jessica Marais, Erik Thomson, Hugh Sheridan and Angus McLaren. Photo: Channel 7.
A black and white headshot of Australian actor Rebecca Gibney taken in the 1980s
Rebecca 'particularly loved the tight bun look with the teased fringe' in this headshot. Photo: Instagram/RebeccaGibney_.

Love the look

Rebecca's famous friends were delighted with the blast from the past, taking to the comments section to gush over her former fashion choices.

Offspring star Kat Stewart wrote, "Somehow you make it work..." while Home & Away's Georgie Parker exclaimed, "I LOVE THEM ALL"

The Project host Lisa Wilkinson applauded Rebecca's commitment to the style of the time and admitted that she took her own inspiration from a certain character on The Brady Bunch.

"I love how you went for it on the hair! I was long, straight, centre part Marcia Brady all the way..." she wrote.

Meanwhile, Magda Szubanski was realising that it may have been her penchant for perms back in the day that has left her tresses a little worse for wear.

"I had hair then too! Maybe it’s all that perming and teasing that led to the threadbare mane I have today!!" she commented.

A headshot of Australian actor Rebecca Gibney taken in the 1980s
The Aussie actor's famous frinds were delighted with her old pics. Photo: Instagram/RebeccaGibney_.

Rafters reboot

Fans of the beloved Channel 7 family drama that starred Rebecca as Julie Rafter were no doubt thrilled to hear that a reboot had been green-lit back in September 2019.

Titled Back To The Rafters, the plot will pick up six years after the original Rafters show left off in 2016 and will see Rebecca back on board as matriarch Julie — with a sweet pay rise to boot — alongside Erik Thomson as her husband Dave. 

Hugh Sheridan and Angus McLaren will return as Ben and Nathan Rafter respectively along with George Houvardas as neighbour Nick Karandonis. Grandpa Ted Taylor will once again be brought to life by industry legend Michael Caton.

Jessica Marais was also set to make a comeback as Rachel Rafter but in February 2020 it was announced that she had 'stepped away' for 'personal reasons'.

Less than one month later, Aussie actress Georgina Haig was revealed as Jess' replacement in the Amazon Studios series, which is being produced by Seven Studios.

Production kicked off in Sydney in March 2020 but was paused until September due to the COVID pandemic. The cast and crew reportedly wrapped in October and the series has a 2021 air date.

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