Bea Viegas came to Australia as a one-year old with her family in 1975. She graduated with a Bachelor of Asian Studies from Curtin University of Technology. In 2003/2004 she returned to East Timor as a translator/interpreter and also worked as an English and Tetum language teacher for the Australian Army. Her students included Lieutenant Colonel Sabika. She maintains her practice and interest in languages. This is her first acting experience.