The Thorn Birds star Rachel Ward Today

Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown in The Thorn Birds

Rachel Ward found international fame playing Meggie Cleary in The Thorn Birds. Millions of viewers were kept on the edge of their seats wondering whether Meggie would ever be able to be in a relationship with hunky priest Ralph de Bricassart. Here's what the gorgeous Rachel Ward is up to today...

The Thorn Birds is one of the most successful US TV series of the eighties. Richard Chamberlain (84) and Rachel Ward (61) played the leading roles. Audiences worldwide tuned in excitedly to follow the tragic romance between Ralph de Bricassart, a priest, and Meggie Cleary, a farmer's daughter. Young Meggie made Ralph seriously question his vows of celibacy!

Rachel Ward in Against All Odds

Rachel Ward in Against All Odds

After the series was over, Rachel stayed true to show business, but started spending a lot more time behind the camera instead of in front of it. She also appeared in the films, Against All Odds and Bobbie's Girl.

However, the Australian actress has also been working as a director and screenwriter for years. She wrote the screenplay for cult Australian drama Beautiful Kate. 

achel Ward and Simon Burke attend the YMCA Mother of All Balls in 2014

Rachel Ward and Simon Burke attend the YMCA Mother of All Balls in 2014

Rachel Ward met husband Bryan Brown on set

The Thorn Birds was not only responsible for turning Rachel into a household name. She also met her husband Bryan Brown (71), who played Luke O'Neill, on set, whom she married in 1983. They have three children together.