Wearing a plunging black jumpsuit and a proud grin, Kiwi actress Danielle Cormack scooped the best actress gong at last night's Australian TV's awards in Melbourne for her role as Bea Smith in the prison drama Wentworth.

As she heads back to work with the Sydney Theatre Company, she says her win has come at a good time for female thespians.

"It really was a wonderful Logies this year," Cormack said from her suite at Melbourne's Crown Promenade hotel.

"I've been a few times, but this time was really fun - and not because I won. It had a nice, relaxed atmosphere to it.


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"I felt comfortable ... probably because I was wearing a pantsuit. Yes, okay, a plunging pantsuit," she laughs of the low-cut Carla Zampetti jumpsuit.

"What can I say? Boobs are the new black."

Jennifer Hawkins, Delta Goodrem, Danni Minogue, Sonia Kruger and Offspring actress Asher Keddie evidently got the same memo. Low-cut and plunging was the look du jour on the Logies red carpet.

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Cormack, 44,was nominated in the drama category with her Wentworth co-star Nicole da Silva, proving the Foxtel cable series is having an impact and gaining recognition alongside mainstream counterparts.

"We had three nominations last night, which was really great. One each for Nicole and me, and one for the series," Cormack said.

"I'm excited for the show and I'm extremely proud we won the best drama award. It is a wonderful testament to the work we are doing and to the people who are watching it."

Wentworth is earning rave reviews and being hailed as one of Australia's best exports after earning a place on US streaming service Netflix.

Its wins last night will no doubt ensure a fourth series will be commissioned. Foxtel is expected to announce it soon.

For now, Foxtel is bathing in the glow of celebration. The network threw a private party last night post-awards where Cormack celebrated with the show's creatives and castmates, including Kiwis Aaron Jeffrey and Robbie Magasiva.

She is boarding a plane to Sydney this afternoon and straight back to work where she is performing at the Sydney Theatre Company in Boys Will Be Boys, a scathing satire of the male-dominated world of the Stock Exchange.

"I have to jump back into my theatre show," Cormack says. "I'm really enjoying theatre. The show is an all-female troupe driven by strong female characters.

"It seems to be the flavour du jour for me," she says. "Wentworth has an amazing group of women too.

"It's a great time to be an actress because people are writing great stories for women."

- nzherald.co.nz