From her slicked-back bun and crisp uniform days to the period of an unhinged prisoner in a teal tracksuit, Joan “The Freak” Ferguson has been one of Australia’s most captivating characters on TV.
Her portrayer Pamela Rabe tells TV WEEK Joan has undergone a transformation over the past four seasons of Foxtel drama Wentworth.
“When Joan was sitting at the pinnacle of her mountain as governor of the prison, and the authority that the position was endowed with - she knew who she was,” Pamela, 58, says.
“The moment you put her in teal, and on the other side of the prison population, she had to enter in to allegiances to survive. It involved really altering her behaviour and becoming what the person who she was speaking to needed or wanted.”
After the season five jaw-dropping finale that saw Joan buried alive in a box by guard Will (Robbie Magasiva), we take a look at 10 of her best moments.
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