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Penny Downie (born 1954) is an Australian actress, noted for her appearances on British television.
She began her career in Australia, initially in Brisbane at Twelfth Night Theatre and Brisbane Arts Theatre. She trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Sydney. After graduation she appeared in TV series such as The Box, Bellbird, The Sullivans, Prisoner and Learned Friends.
She moved to the United Kingdom during the early 1980s. Her UK TV credits include: Minder, Inspector Morse, Kavanagh QC, The Cazalets, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Spooks, Trial and Retribution, New Street Law, Poirot,The Ice House, Lost for Words and New Tricks.
She is also an accomplished stage actress. She is an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company where she has played roles such as Lady Anne in Richard III alongside Antony Sher, and Hermione and Perdita in The Winter's Tale.
In 2008/09 she played opposite David Tennant and Patrick Stewart as Gertrude, in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Hamlet which was subsequently adapted for BBC television and aired in late 2009.
In 2013 she appeared as Rev Mother Augustine in the Father Brown episode "The Bride of Christ".
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