Diane Smith recalls watching with envy as Penny Cook gallivanted all over the world as a reporter with The Great Outdoors. "Why can't I have that job!" is what she was thinking.
Proving you should be careful what you wish for, Penny Cook did leave The Great Outdoors in late 1996 and Diane Smith beat many other contenders for a coveted role as a reporter on the hit travel/adventure program.
Since graduating from NIDA in 1978, Diane has had a busy acting career, playing frequently with the esteemed Sydney Theatre Company.
She also appeared in many of Australia's best-known television dramas, from Skyways, The Restless Years and A Country Practice, to Cop Shop, GP, Fire and Fallen Angels.
And as if that wasn't enough, Diane's also been a hit on the big screen, appearing in a number of films, including PJ Hogan's runaway hit film Muriel's Wedding.