Joanne Samuel (born 1957 in Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia) is an actress who remains best known for her role as the ill-fated screen wife of Mel Gibson in the 1979 film Mad Max.
Prior to her appearance in the film, Samuel had been a regular cast member in the television soap operas Class of '74,The Restless Years and The Young Doctors. Indeed, she left the series very suddenly - the producers kindly wrote her out of the show quickly as she was offered the Mad Max role after a fellow Young Doctors actress who had been due to take the role fell ill.
Samuel has also guest starred in several Australian TV shows including Hey Dad! as Jeanette Taylor.
Samuel is married to Tony Ahern. They have several children. They live in the Blue Mountains suburb of Blackheath and Samuel has retired from acting. Samuel is active in the local Baptist church.