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Claudia Karvan - Kytherian television icon?

submitted by George Poulos on 21.10.2004

An article by Tim Blair in the Bulletin (Dec 2003) confirms that "Karvan’s family emigrated to Australia from Greece".!open

According to the web-site at

during a recent televison forum on What Women Want Claudia Karvan revealed that her family came from Kythera.

Claudia was born on May 19th 1972, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

She has worked in film since she was 14 years of old.

Since the release of the television series, The Secret Life of Us, Claudia has become an Australian televison icon.

Does anyone have any further information about her Kytherian origins?.

submitted by
Alexandra Malanos
on 12.06.2005

I have seen an interview with Claudia Karvan where she mentioned that her stepfather was from Kythera. Not her real father. She held her stepfather in very high regard.

submitted by
Helen Trifyllis
on 21.11.2021

I just questioned my mum about this…she is from Karvounades. Definitely not a typical surname from that village… As in the stepfather’s surname was Karvouniares. And Wikipedia doesn’t confirm the Kythera origin. However, I acknowledge the above comment, but it would be interesting to know where he lived in in Kythera in those early years before emigrating to Australia.

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