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Kate Manfredi (Michala Banas)

The eldest of three daughters, Kate always felt the pressure to succeed. While her parents worked hard to provide for their children, she found they could not offer the emotional support she needed. She only received attention when she was achieving at school or through extra-curricular activities.

When Kate met Jodi at boarding school, she was happy to have a friend she didn't have to compete with. Jodi could not have cared less about school marks and achievements, and it was a welcome relief for Kate to have a comic side-kick to help put things in perspective.

The Manfredis were delighted when Kate received a scholarship to Roseworthy Agricultural College. She was the first Manfredi to go to university and her whole family was depending on her to succeed. Although Kate's parents have tremendous expectations of her, they are nothing compared to her own. With a list of short and long term goals, Kate pressures herself to achieve more and sooner. Pedantic, exacting and over-achieving, Kate is a control freak. But life, particularly on a farm, is way beyond Kate's control. Try as she might, Kate can't plan everything.

Kate arrived on Drovers Run brimming with confidence, eager to realise her five-year plan which would see her managing a cattle station by age 25. In 2004, stalkers, Sandra Kinsella and unrequited love with the local vet proved that no matter how prepared you are to achieve your dreams, there are just some dramas you can't plan for. In 2005 she will be forced even further into the realisation that life happens to you — you don't happen to it. She will have to learn to roll with the punches.

Michala Banas
Michala was already a popular television personality due to her work as Marrisa Taylor on Channel 7's Always Greener. This role earned her a 2002 Logie nomination for Most Popular New Female Talent.

Michala is loving her time with McLeod's Daughters. "It's the hardest job I've ever had," she says, "but I love that it's hard. I still pinch myself — it really is a dream role. The scripts are great, the crew's great, the cast is wonderful."

She chuckles when asked about her character, Kate Manfredi. "Kate is so smart and so sensitive, but a bit, well, socially challenged. People seem to respond to that, and love her for it. She's different to any character I've ever played, so I'm really enjoying myself."

Michala has also appeared on other popular television dramas Something in the Air, The Saddle Club, Blue Heelers, Round the Twist, Home and Away, GP and Flipper and in the films Ned and Scooby Doo.

User comments
Hi Kate According to he internet, you are in the Australian cast performing in Avenue Q. It should be a "real blast" (Princeton's line - not mine). I am looking forward to being part of the audience when you get to Perth. Cannot wait until it gets here. Hope you enjoy taking the roles of Kate Monster & Lucy as much as the audience will have - watching and listening. You have the voice and personality to really bring 'em to life. It will be hard to look at Kate Monster and Lucy with you in very close proximity, but I will have to do my best. OK???!? Regards Herbert P.S. Hope you are you getting some practice with the puppets and lip sync'ing.
Hi Michala, I am a die hard Mcleods Daughters fan and especially loved your role as Kate. I live in Adelaide and went to the farewell at Gawler and you sounded fantastic!!! I have every episode ever made and watch them over and over. You are very talented and I wish you all the best in your acting career. By the way, you look beautiful on the Pro Active advertisement!!! Go Michala!!! Alison xxx
Hi,I´m Michael,40 yrs from SWEDEN.Here they send McLeod´s Sundays at 12.20,almost noon. The show is great & you Michala were SOO great,in the Episode where you were chasing Jodis murderer on your own. & On the Funeral..I could´nt stop the tears,even if I am a man.You played frustrated & angry & crying..Wow !! When my life was as most tough,I could recognize myself in your acting..VERY good.& they team,they mix emotion scenes with sad music & slow motion pictures...I appaud them ! And you Michala are so sweet cute!! Tumbs up to all of you !!!! Love McLeod-fan Mikael,Taby,SWEDEN..
Dear Kate, I love watching you on television. You are my favourite character in Mcleods daughters. I am nine and want to be just like you when I grow up. Do you love riding the horses. i go riding every week.Love Maddison
Hi Michala i am your biggest fan and i love Mcleods so so so much.You have always been my favourite and when you left i had no favourite. YOU ROCK MY WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i am a absolate fan of yours and i think that you are soooo prity. you are a great person and i love watching you on tv. i drive past the truck stop lots because my aunty lives near there I LOVE U SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH YOU ARE AWSOME.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi Michala!! your a great actress and i think you did a fabulous job on Mcleods!! Your da best!! =D xx
Hi, I am one of the biggest fans of mcleods daughters ever!(I bet u hear that alot!)I just wanted to say your an amazing actor and role model! I hope you had heaps of fun acting on mcleods daughters coz you rock! xoxo Ellie
Howdy Michala, I think your a brilliant actor and so beautiful. I loved you in McLeods Daughetrs and Always Greener. I hope in the future you get another acting job for you to continue your career, becuase your so good at acting. =] Well anyways I hope your life is great and hope to see you on our screens again soon. Luv Ya!!! =D
come back you are os good

Posie Graeme-Evans
Posie Graeme-EvansPosie Graeme-EvansIn this special video interview, the creator of McLeod's Daughters, Posie Graeme-Evans reminisces about life on Drover's Run, and says a special thank you to fans of the show.
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