Australian supermodel Gemma Ward made her stage debut in her native Perth on Tuesday night (22Mar11), winning favourable reviews for her first theatre role.
Ward has stepped away from the catwalk in recent years to star in a number of movies including 2008's The Black Balloon and The Strangers opposite Liv Tyler, while she also appears in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
She has now turned to theatre with a starring role in Perth Theatre Company play The Ugly One - and the performance won her positive feedback.
A reviewer for Perth Now writes, "She made a good go of it... despite her inexperience, she is mesmerising to watch," while a writer for The West Australian adds, "Ward does well on her stage debut.. it's impossible to ignore her international celebrity as a beauty but... it does it no harm."