Anne Mary Phelan
2 August 1948
|Bellbird as Kate Murray|
Prisoner as Myra Desmond
Something in the Air as Monica Taylor
Anne Mary Phelan OAM (born 2 August 1948), is an Australian actress, who has appeared in many Australian theatre and television productions, as well as radio and voice-over. She is known for her TV soap opera roles as Myra Desmond in Prisoner (1980–1985) and Monica Taylor in Something in the Air (2000–2002), for which she won the 2000 AFI (AACTA) Award for Best Actress in a Television Drama, having previously won the 1988 AFI Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries for Poor Man's Orange. She received the 2016 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award.
- 1 Career
- 2 Community work
- 3 Awards and honours
- 4 Television Series, Leading Roles
- 5 Television - Mini Series, Leading Roles
- 6 Television - Guest Roles
- 7 Television - Variety Specials
- 8 Stage
- 9 Film
- 10 Radio & Voice Work
- 11 Theatre Restaurant, Live Variety & Revue
- 12 Corporate
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Since joining Actor's Equity in 1968, Phelan has worked in all aspects of the industry and is a familiar face on our TV screens, appearing in shows from Prisoner to Neighbours, Winners & Losers and almost everything in between, including 4 years as Kate in Bellbird in the early 1970s.
She is the recipient of 8 Best Actress Awards including an A.F.I. for Mumma Darcy in Poor Man's Orange. She was voted the Variety Club TV Actress of the Year for Harp in the South and received two Television Society of Australia Awards for her role as Myra Desmond in the ever-popular Prisoner. She picked up her second A.F.I. for Mon Taylor in Something in the Air.
On stage, Phelan has appeared in over 50 shows in roles as diverse as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Mrs Lovett in Sweeny Todd, Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, Maria in Twelfth Night, Yente in Fiddler on the Roof and Rachael in Season's Greetings, for which she received a Green Room Award.
Phelan has appeared in numerous Australian plays including Aftershocks, Diving for Pearls, A Hard God, Away, On our Selection and the title role in Mavis goes to Timor. She also completed two very successful seasons of her own show An Accidental Actress, and although her film credits are short, look out for Pub Tart #1 in The Devil's Playground and 'Truck Driver' in Charlie & Boots.
She has made guest starring appearances in many drama series including The Flying Doctors and Blue Heelers. She was also a regular in Marshall Law and appeared in the ABC comedy Mother and Son, playing the role of a social worker who befriends Maggie Beare.
Phelan is an accomplished and highly sought-after public speaker and is the recipient of the Regional Arts Victoria Don Mackay Award (2006) for Outstanding Achievement in Regional Touring.
Patron of Positive Women (Victoria), a support and advocacy group run by, and for women living with the HIV virus.
Recipient of the Oz Showbiz Cares / Equity Fights AIDS 2002 Activist of the Year Award for outstanding contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Member of Actors For Refugees - a group of performers who volunteer their time and talent to tell the true stories of Australia's refugees and asylum seekers.
Ambassador for Alzheimer's Australia Vic - educators, advocates and spokespeople for those living with dementia, their families and friends, and those who support them.
Awards and honours
- Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours list for service to the arts as an actress, and to the community, particularly through support for women living with the HIV virus and for asylum seekers and refugees.
- Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
- Included in Who's Who of Australian Women, since 2006.
- 2016 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Regional Arts Victoria Don Mackay Award (2006) for Outstanding Achievement in Regional Touring.
- Oz Showbiz Cares / Equity Fights AIDS (2002) Activist of the Year Award, for outstanding contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
- AFI Award - Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama (2000) in Something in the Air (Episode: "We will remember them")
- Green Room Award - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama) - Season's Greetings
- Television Society of Australia Award - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Mini-Series - The Harp in the South
- Television Society of Australia Award - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Serial - Prisoner
- Television Society of Australia Award - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Serial - Prisoner
- Television Society of Australia Award - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Mini-Series (1988) - Poor Man's Orange
- AFI Award - Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini Series (1988) in Poor Man's Orange 
- Variety Club Heart Awards - Variety Club Television Actress of the Year (1987)
Television Series, Leading Roles
|2012||Winners and Losers||Dot Gross||Seven Network|
|2002||Marshall Law||Esther Hirsh Q.C.||Seven Network|
|2000-2002||Something in the Air||Mon Taylor||ABC / Simpson Le Mesurier|
|1990-1991||The Col'n Carpenter Show||Mrs Fuller||Channel 10|
|1990||Family and Friends||Dawn||Channel 9|
|1980-1985||Prisoner||Myra Desmond||Grundy Television|
|1970s||Bellbird||Kate Murray||ABC TV|
Television - Mini Series, Leading Roles
|1987||Poor Man's Orange||Mumma Darcy||Anthony Buckley Productions|
|1986||The Harp in the South||Mumma Darcy||Anthony Buckley Productions|
|1983||A Descant for Gossips||Mrs Lalor||ABC TV|
|1968||The Battlers||Ma Tyrell||South Australian Film Corporation|
Television - Guest Roles
|2015||Sammy J and Randy in Ricketts Lane||Mrs Tuppens||SP Ricketts Pty Ltd|
|2014||The Worst Year of My Life, Again||Aunt Ethel||Worst Year Productions|
|2010||Sleuth 101||Pat||Mayem TV|
|2007||The Librarians (episode 6)||Big Bertha||ABC TV|
|2004-2005||Neighbours||Doreen Cassidy||Grundy Television|
|2000||Dogwoman - Series 1||Joan Jarvis||Beagle Productions|
|2000||Thunderstone 2||Proprietress||Johnathon M Shiff|
|1999||The Micallef Programme||Madame Ponce 'Spiffington Manse Madam'||Artist Services|
|1997||Neighbours||Claudia Harvey||Grundy Television|
|1997||Good Guys, Bad Guys||Maisie||Simpson Le Mesurier|
|Blue Heelers||Jeannie O'Dwyer||Southern Star Entertainment|
|The Man from Snowy river||Nell Frampton||Pro Film Services|
|Law of the Land||Mrs Morrison||Roadshow Coote Carroll|
|Skirts||Mrs Donovan||Simpson Le Mesurier|
|1983||Starting Out||Mrs De Sousa||Grundy Television|
|Inside Running||Justine||ABC TV|
|Dearest Enemy||Mother||ABC TV|
|The Fast Lane||Beth||ABC TV|
|Mother and Son||Wilma - "The Friend"||ABC TV|
|The Flying Doctors||Various||Crawford Productions|
Other guest roles include: Welcher and Welcher, Simone De Beauvoir's Babies, Late for School, A Country Practice, Carson's Law, Matlock Police, Homicide, Division 4, Cop Shop, Starting Out, Holiday Island, Ryan, The Bartons, Special Squad, Skits and Boys from the Bush.
Television - Variety Specials
|Something Special||Solo singing||ABC TV|
|Frankie Howerd Specials||Comedy sketches||ATV 0 (Now 10)|
|The Sentimental Bloke||Mabel||ABC|
|The Glitter Sisters||Singing group||Various|
Anne has appeared in over 50 plays, including:
|2010||Do Not Go Gentle||Wilson||fortyfivedownstairs|
|2010||Dirty Dusting||Olive||Ellis Productions|
|Guys and Dolls||General Cartwright||Shows Management|
|Fiddler on the Roof||Yente||Fiddler on the Roof P/L|
|In the Family (return season)||Marion||Positive Women|
|An Accidental Actress (biographical)||Herself||Hothouse Theatre|
|Faith||Grace||The Torch Project|
|Tune in Tomorrow (return season)||Music Revue||Don Mckay Productions|
|If I Should Die Before I Wake||Joan||Auspicious Arts Projects|
|Embers||(Play reading)||Hothouse Theatre|
|I Do, In Caroline Springs||Joy||Chapel off Chapel|
|In the Family||Marion||Positive Women|
|Tune in Tomorrow||Music Revue||Don McKay Productions|
|Mavis goes to Timor||Mavis Taylor||Deckchair Theatre|
|Over There||Workshop||Playbox Theatre Co|
|1999||Wonderful Ward||Vera||Melbourne Comedy Festival|
|Mechtron||Lou Jade||Community Theatre|
|A Hard God||Aggie Cassidy||State Theatre Co of SA|
|Romeo and Juliet||Nurse||Melbourne Theatre Co|
|Sweeney Todd||Mrs Lovett||Queensland Theatre Co|
|Aftershocks||Lyn||Melbourne Theatre Co|
|Gigi||Inez Alvarez||Queensland Theatre Co|
|A Hard Act to Follow||One woman show||La Mama|
|The Grapes of Wrath||Ma Joad||Melbourne Theatre Co|
|Meekatharra||Abbie||Black Swan, WA|
|Diving for Pearls||Barb||State Theatre Co of SA|
|Dream Kitchen||One woman show||La Mama|
|This Old Man Comes Rolling Home||Laurie||Melbourne Theatre Co|
|A Family Affair||Agrafena||Northside Theatre Co|
|Dinkum Assorted||Grace||STC / MTC|
|Away||Gwen||Playbox / Vic Arts Council|
|Season's Greetings||Rachael||Melbourne Theatre Co|
|On Our Selection (& return season)||Mum||Melbourne Theatre Co|
|Stevie||Stevie Smith||Vic Arts Council|
|A Cuckoo in the Nest||Gladys||Melbourne Theatre Co|
|The Good Person of Setzuan||Mrs Young||Melbourne Theatre Co|
|Flexitime||Beryl||Vic Arts Council|
|Gentlemen Only||Freddi||Playbox Theatre Co|
|Cabaret||Sally Bowles||Actors Company|
|Let Me In||Playbox Theatre Co|
|Flash Jim Vaux||Nell||Melbourne Theatre Co|
|All My Sons||Melbourne Theatre Co|
|Salad Days||St Martins Theatre Co|
|Twelve Angry Women||St Martins Theatre Co|
|The Patrick Pearce Motel||Niamh||St Martins Theatre Co|
|Cabaret||Frau Kost||Commercial Theatre (SA)|
|I Do, I Do||Agnes||Cottage Theatre (SA)|
|Charlie & Boots||Truck Driver||Instinct Entertainment|
|Inanimate Objects||Mum||Adonis Films P/L|
|The Craic||Truck Driver||The Craic P/L|
|Edithvale||Mrs Vale||Serpentine Films|
|Adventures on the Balanced Particle Freeway||Highest Tree||Global Television|
|I Live With My Dad||Mrs Jones||Crawford Productions|
|The Devil's Playground||Pub Tar #1||Dir: Fred Schepsi|
Radio & Voice Work
- ABC Book readings include: Down by the Dockside and The Harp in the South
- Serials and plays including the production of the one-woman-play Dream Kitchen
- Narrator for Visions of Yankalilla, a documentary for Flaming Star Pictures and the documentary series Grey Voyagers, for SBS
- TV monologue - The Agony and the Ecstasy, for the ABC
Anne is also an experience voice over artist.
Theatre Restaurant, Live Variety & Revue
Anne's performances include:
- Cinderella - An Adult Pantomime (Capers Dinner Theatre)
- Sweet Fanny Adams
- Tikki and John's Theatre Restaurant
- The Glitter Sisters (original 14 month Melbourne season)
- Anti-Cancer Council Breast Health Video
- "Biographical and career information updated at the request of Anne Phelan, 2016".
- "Phelan, Anne Mary". Australian Honours. Commonwealth of Australia. 11 June 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- "Queen's birthday honours". Sunday Herald Sun. News Limited. 11 June 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- "AFI Award Winners – Television Categories (1986–2009)". AFI Awards. Australian Film Institute. 2009. Archived from the original on 20 September 2009. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
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