Maggie Kirkpatrick

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Maggie Kirkpatrick
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Born Margaret Ann Downs
(1941-01-29) 29 January 1941 (age 73)
Albury, New South Wales
Occupation Actress
Years active 1960 - present (theatre)
1971 - present (film & television)
Notable work(s) Prisoner
Spouse(s) Norman Kirkpatrick (deceased) (1963-1979) (divorced)
Children Catlin Kirkpatrick

Maggie Kirkpatrick (born Margaret Anne Downs on 29 January 1941) is an Australian actress, who is best known for her portrayal of the iconic character Joan Ferguson, a sinister and cold lesbian prison officer, nicknamed "The Freak" in the popular Australian television soap opera, Prisoner. She is currently performing as Madame Morrible in the Australian production of the musical Wicked. Maggie has appeared in such popular series such as Water Rats, Home and Away and G. P.

Early years[edit]

She was born in Albury, New South Wales, to James and Crissie Downs. When she was seven months old her father was killed while on active national service as a soldier in North Africa. Crissie thus brought up Margaret alone. She married John Anderson and had a son, Adrian.

The family moved to Newcastle, on the east coast of Australia, where Kirkpatrick grew up. She had had an interest in acting from an early age and appeared in several school plays. By November 1955 Kirkpatrick became fed up with school and left. Her mother sent her to drama lessons.

In 1960, at the age of 19, Kirkpatrick took her first professional acting job, with the theatre impresario John Alden with his John Alden Shakespeare Company. After this initial production she promptly gave up acting.

Kirkpatrick subsequently took various jobs, working in dress shop, as a medical receptionist, compere of fashion parades, and had jobs in bars, restaurants and hotels.

Personal life[edit]

She married Norman Kirkpatrick, a merchant seaman born in Northern Ireland, in September 1963.

Five years later they moved to Sydney where Maggie decided to resume her acting career. After appearing in two plays she put her acting career on hold once again, this time due to the arrival of her daughter Caitlin. Kirkpatrick resumed theatre work as Caitlin got older, and eventually moved on to television and cinema.

She appeared in the music video for Anthem for the Year 2000 by rock band Silverchair.

She is a strong supporter of gay rights, having made numerous appearances at "Fair Day", as part of the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Summer of Secrets
1976
The FJ Holden
1977
Betty Armstead
The Night, the Prowler
1978
Madge Hopkirk
The Getting of Wisdom Sarah
The Pirate Movie
1982
Ruth
Encounters
1993
Aunt Helen Alternative title: "Voyage Into Terror"
Billy's Holiday
1995
Maureen O'Hara
Lilian's Story
1996
Uncredited role
Welcome to Woop Woop
1997
Ginger
Hetty
2002
Thelma

Television[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
The Godfathers
1971
TV series
The Thursday Creek Mob TV series
Snake Gully with Dad and Dave
1972
TV series
Who Do You Think You Are?
1976
TV series
Father, Dear Father in Australia
1978
Mrs. Floyd Season 1, episode 12 "The Wisdom of Patrick"
Chopper Squad Mrs. Roland Season 2, episode 3 "A Deed Without a Name"
The Oracle
1979
TV series
Jonah
1978
Mini-series
Spring & Fall Season 2, episode 4 "Thanks Brother"
Prisoner
1982–1986
Joan Ferguson Leading role; seasons 4–8; 389 episodes
Alternative title: "Prisoner: Cell Block H"
Richmond Hill
1988
Ivy Hackett TV series
Dearest Enemy
1989
TV series
The Ham Funeral
1990
Mrs. Fauburgus TV film
Betty's Bunch Betty Leading role; Season 1; 13 episodes
The Miraculous Mellops
1991
Mrs. Kafka Season 1, episode 5
Season 1, episode 12
Home and Away Jean Chambers 7 episodes of season 4
Hey Dad..!
1992
Sister Maureen Season 8, episode 1 "Nun the Wiser"
The Ferals
1994
Aunt Mavis Season 1, episode 8 "Rock Horror"
G.P.
1995
Joan Mullins Season 7, episode 13 "Relative Strangers"
Water Rats
1999
Sadie Seymor Season 4, episode 20 "Red Light"
Pizza
2000
Joan Ferguson Season 1, episode 9 "Gambling Pizza"
Blue Heelers Marj Cummings Season 7, episode 21 "The Gumshoe"
All Saints
2001
Dawn Healy Season 4, episode 18 "Bed of Roses"
Home and Away
2003–2004
Viv "The Guv" Standish Recurring role; 11 episodes; season 16 / season 17
All Saints
2008
Maria Season 11, episode 7 "Little Decisions"

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