Anne Phelan

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Anne Phelan OAM
Born (1948-08-02) 2 August 1948 (age 68)
Melbourne, Australia
Other names Annie
Years active 1968-present

Anne Mary Phelan, OAM (born 2 August 1948),[1] is an Australian actress, who has appeared in many Australian theatre and television productions. She is best known for her roles as prisoner Myra Desmond in Prisoner and Monica Taylor in Something in the Air. Anne is the winner of two AFI Television Awards and six Best Actress Awards, as well as the 2016 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award.

Career[edit]

Since joining Actor's Equity in 1968, Anne 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, Anne 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.

Anne feels especially privileged to have worked on many Australian plays including Aftershocks, Diving for Pearls, A Hard God, Away, On our Selection and the title role in Mavis goes to Timor.

Anne 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.

Community work[edit]

Anne 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.

Performed and sang with The Choir of Hard Knocks in Melbourne's streets in 2006, busking to raise money for a performance at the Melbourne Town Hall.[citation needed]

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[edit]

Honours[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 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")[4]
  • 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 [4]
  • Variety Club Heart Awards - Variety Club Television Actress of the Year (1987)

Television Series, Leading Roles[edit]

Year Title Role Producer
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[edit]

Year Title Role Producer
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[edit]

Year Title Role Producer
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
G.P. Dulcie ABC TV
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[edit]

Year Title Role Producer
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

Stage[edit]

Anne has appeared in over 50 plays, including:

Year Title Role Producer
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)

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Producer
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
Hard Knocks
The Devil's Playground Pub Tar #1 Dir: Fred Schepsi

Radio & Voice Work[edit]

  • 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 Ecstacy, for the ABC

Anne is also an experience voice over artist.

Theatre Restaurant, Live Variety & Revue[edit]

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)

Corporate[edit]

  • Anti-Cancer Council Breast Health Video

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biographical and career information updated at the request of Anne Phelan, 2016". 
  2. ^ "Phelan, Anne Mary". Australian Honours. Commonwealth of Australia. 11 June 2007. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  3. ^ "Queen's birthday honours". Sunday Herald Sun. News Limited. 11 June 2007. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  4. ^ a b "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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