15 April 1922|
Surrey, England, UK
|Died||15 September 2013
Taren Point, New South Wales, Australia
Joyce Jacobs (15 April 1922 – 15 September 2013) was a British Australian character actress, She was born in Surrey, England. She did not embark on a professional acting career, until arriving in Australia in 1965, during the 1970s, Jacobs played the small, recurring role of Mrs. Carson in Number 96 and Muriel Palmer on The Young Doctors.
A Country Practice - Network Seven
Joyce appeared in the pilot episode of A Country Practice , she appeared in the pilot episode as a character in the medical clinic called Norma after which she returned to the series thereafter donning Edna Everage style glasses and playing Esme Watson on the long-running Seven Network drama series A Country Practice, often seen at the fictional Wandin Valley RSl, with friends Cookie and Bob Hatfield (Syd Heylen and Gordon Piper) in which her popularity grew, this trio would be quiet the comic characters, originally conceived as a gossip character, she became more sympathetic as the series progressed, and became one of the series' most beloved characters. Becoming a regular, starting with Episode 99 in 1982. Having worked on the series for 12 years, she was one of the show's longest-serving actresses. She remained with the show until it ended in 1993, along with originals Brian Wenzel and Shane Porteous
A Country Practice Network Ten
In 1994, Network Ten continued the series under the same title, but with a new setting and a mostly new cast. Jacobs, however, reprised her role of Esme. The new version was not as successful as the original and was cancelled after 29 episodes. She appeared in the short film, Heaven on the 4th Floor, in 1998 opposite Bunney Brooke. She appeared in a guest episode on G.P. and in the 1986 television movie Hector's Bunyip. A guest appearance on All Saints in 2000 reunited her with Georgie Parker, her co-star on A Country Practice. She appeared in many A Country Practice reunions, including the Television Turns 50 special in 2006, with fellow cast members, including Lorrae Desmond and Joan Sydney.
After retirement, in an interview with the magazine Woman's Day in 2012 she acknowledged that she had had Parkinson's disease for 10 years. After her long-time husband of 64 years Ian Jacobs died, she resided in a rest home facility and celebrated her 90th birthday with fellow cast members, including Lorrae Desmond. 
- Interview contains comment about tracking down Jacobs for the show
- "A Country Practice star Joyce Jacobs who played Esme Watson dies aged 91", Herald Sun, 17 September 2013; retrieved 17 September 2013.
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