Much to the delight of Perth residents, Kate Walsh has fallen in love with Western Australia.
The Grey’s Anatomy actress has called the city of Perth home for exactly a year and, unlike other Hollywood stars who have temporarily moved Down Under for work during the pandemic, she has no desire to leave any time soon.
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Walsh, 53, has been working on a number of projects in Perth, is dating a West Australian farmer, and has even brought her pets over from New York City — making it unlikely she’ll be returning to the US in the near future.
In fact, the actress is so invested in WA, she plans to open the state’s first-ever film and television studio there.
So how exactly did the Private Practice star end up in Australia?
How long has Kate Walsh been living in Australia?
The Umbrella Academy star has been in Australia since March 2020.
Why is Kate Walsh in Australia?
It was meant to be a holiday! The actress was visiting friends from WA in early 2020, and was spending time in one of the state’s wine regions when COVID-19 cases began popping up.
“I was down in Margaret River and then there was a lockdown,” Walsh said in an interview with 9Honey Celebrity last year, explaining that she then decided to get a place in the city.
Where in Perth does Kate Walsh live?
Walsh lives in the beach-side suburb of Cottesloe.
“I got a little place up here in Perth and that’s where I am,” she told 9Honey Celebrity. “And I have to say, I love it. I really love Perth. I love the city, I love the people and I feel very, very fortunate, obviously, to have quarantined there and be in WA during this kind of crazy time in the world.”
In fact, Walsh loves it so much she extended her travel visa last year so she could stay.
Who is Kate Walsh dating?
Walsh has even found love with farmer Andrew Nixon, from Moora, WA.
Though they’ve been dating a while, the couple only recently made their public debut. They posed for photos together at an event in February 2021.
The couple are believed to have met overseas and Nixon is apparently the reason Walsh is here in the first place.
What movies and TV shows has Kate Walsh starred in?
Walsh has starred in a number of films including Girls Trip, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Under the Tuscan Sun.
She is perhaps best known for her roles in TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Bad Judge, 13 Reasons Why and The Umbrella Academy.
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Walsh hasn’t filmed any projects since arriving in Australia last year, but a bunch of movies and TV shows she filmed prior to relocating have since come out.
The second season of The Umbrella Academy dropped in late July, the show Emily in Paris was released in October and the film Honest Thief came out not long after.
It hasn’t been all ‘play’ and no work while in Australia. Walsh made her WA stage debut in October 2020 for the Fremantle production of The Other Place.
She’s also been hard at work assisting Premier Mark McGowan and the WA Labor Party in their pledge to build a $100 million film studio in Fremantle. She told 9Honey Celebrity last year that she sees a future for film and television in WA.
“One of the first thoughts I had when I looked around Perth was, ‘Why aren’t we shooting movies and television here?'” she told us. “I mean, of course there’s locations and there are productions, but on a larger scale to sort of compete with the east coast… Then as I started meeting people in Screenwest and independent producers and crew members and directors and writers and local politicians and everything, I understood that it’s because there aren’t stages built.
“So I’ve been quite passionate and vocal about trying to get that happening. To have a proper studio, so we have access to some of the great international productions that are coming to Australia at large now.”
She posted the above photo on Instagram and got a comment from her Grey’s Anatomy co-star Patrick Dempsey, who said “you [gotta] love the Australians !!! and you look fantastic!!”.
Does Kate Walsh have children?
Walsh doesn’t have kids. She opened up about the fact in 2015, telling Maria Menounos on her SiriusXM radio show that she couldn’t have kids because she went through early menopause.
“I don’t have children. I’m not going to have kids,” Walsh, who was 48 at the time, said. “I went through early menopause.”
Does Kate Walsh have Instagram?
Yes! The honorary sandgroper has been frequently updating fans on her WA adventures over at her Instagram page.