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Maggie Dence in January 2013
1 February 1942 |
Maggie Dence (born 1 February 1942) is a versatile Australian stage, film and television actress. She is best known on television for her early comedy work and soap opera roles.
Dence is well known to Sydney theatre audiences for the very large number of roles she has played, in particular with the Nimrod Theatre Company. She has also appeared in Panto in the UK.
From 1966–1968 she had played various characters in the influential Australian satirical sketch comedy program The Mavis Bramston Show. One of her characters was the title character Mavis Bramston – the joke being that Mavis appeared in only the opening segment of each episode and was not seen again thereafter. She was also a recurring guest in the popular 1980s sitcom Kingswood Country, playing the snobbish Merle Bulpitt.
Her best-known soap opera roles include the sweet Rose Sullivan in The Sullivans between 1976–1978, as evil psychopath and murdereress Bev "The Beast" Baker in Prisoner Cell Block H in 1984, and as school teacher Dorothy Burke in Neighbours in the early 1990s. Dence also had guest roles in A Country Practice, The Flying Doctors, All Saints and Heartbreak High.
Television & Film Credits
|2008—||Out of the Blue||Olive|
|2006||Small Claims: The Reunion||Roma|
|2005||Look Both Ways||Joan|
|2003||Peter Pan||Lady Quiller Couch|
|1998—2003, 2007||All Saints||Lyn Brown,
|2003||Danny Deckchair||Meredith Butcher|
|2002||Always Greener||Sister. Stern|
|2000||Grass Roots||Ellen Leonard|
|2000||Water Rats||Joy Turner|
|1998||Driven Crazy||Granny Rose|
|1998||Blue Heelers||Liz Schulz|
|1990||More Winners: The Big Wish||Lady Mikeevil|
|1981—1989 recurring cast member||A Country Practice||Jan Hardy,
|1988||Act of Betrayl||Dorothy|
|1987||The Perfectionist||Rosie Peters|
|1987||The Flying Doctors||Helen Manning|
|1979—1984||Kingswood Country||Merle Bulpitt|
|1983||The Return of Captain Invicible||Italian Woman|
|1981||A Town Like Alice||Mrs. O'Connor|
|1981||The Best of Friends||Shop Assistant|
|1980||Trial by Marriage|
|1979||Doctor Down-Under||Mrs. Peabody|
|1976||The Sullivans||Rose Sullivan|
|1967—1975 recurring cast member||Homicide||Anne,
|1974||Silent Number||Janet Kay|
|1973||Division 4||Marion Evans|
|1972||Nice Day at the Office|
|1971||Wake in Fright||Receptionist|
|1970||The Link Men||Edie Whitman|
|1968—1969||I've Married a Bachelor|
|1966—1968||The Mavis Bramston Show||Mavis Bramston|
Maggie Dence was named (on 29 September) the 2011 recipient of the Equity Awards Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding services to the performing arts – both stage and screen – and her longstanding involvement with the NSW Actors' Benevolent Fund. The award, presented by Foxtel, is from Maggie's peers and members of her union, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance Equity (Performers) Section, which Maggie joined in 1962.
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