Deborah Kennedy

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This is an article about the actress. For the American eco artist and author, see Deborah Kennedy (artist).

Deborah Kennedy is an Australian character actress recognised for several television and film roles, especially for her appearance in the famous Australian Yellow Pages advertisement with the line "Not happy, Jan!".


Kennedy began her acting career on the stage, with the Marian Street Theatre, Killara, appearing in The Trojan Woman and Macbeth. She followed this with work with several other theatrical organisations including SUDS, Repertory 200, the New Theatre, and the Pegeant Theatre. For the Nimrod theatre starting in 1975 she had several roles in plays, acting in Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III. Other theatre work includes Travelling North, House of the Deaf Man, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Desert Flambe.

Starting in the 1970s she also acted in various television roles, with appearances in Certain Women, Silent Number, Waygoose, Doctor Down Under, The Restless Years, Bellamy, 1915 (miniseries). Film roles of the period include Tim (1979) which starred Mel Gibson and Piper Laurie, Dawn! (1979), Temperament Unsuited.[1]

In the 1980s she played a brief guest role in soap opera Prisoner, and in 1991 was a regular cast member of serial Chances. She continued in that role several months until her character, nurse Connie Reynolds, was written out of the show as part of a cast revamp. In the 1990s continued television guest appearances included a recurring part in Police Rescue and roles in series Wildside and Good Guys Bad Guys. She continued to play supporting roles in feature films, including I Can't Get Started (1985), The Empty Beach (1985), Death in Brunswick (1991), The Sum of Us (1994), Idiot Box (1996), Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997), My Mother Frank (2000), Matter of Life (2001), Swimming Upstream (2003). She also appeared in two children's programs, Johnson and Friends and Boffins.

Kennedy also delivered the famous (in Australia) catch-phrase "Not happy, Jan!" in the oft-quoted TV commercial for the Yellow Pages telephone directory. In the 2000s television guest roles have included appearances series MacLeod's Daughters and Welcher & Welcher. Starting 2006, Kennedy appeared in a recurring role in the soap opera Neighbours as Mishka Schneiderova, Lou Carpenter's Russian partner whom he met online. After completing a stint in the series Mishka made her on-air return in Australia in October 2006. Kennedy appeared in the comedy series The Jesters in 2009 and has had guest roles on television series Dance Academy, Rake, and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Since 2013 Kennedy has been a regular cast member in the Australian period drama A Place to Call Home playing the role of Inverness local gossip who means well, Doris Collins. Kennedy also had a brief role in the first series of the ABC's Janet King.



Year Film Role Type
1979 Temperament Unsuited Christine Film short
1979 Tim Dawnie Melville Feature film
1979 Dawn! Role unknown Feature film
1985 The Empty Beach Newspaper Librarian Feature film
1988 Kadaicha Mrs. Millhouse Feature film
1988 Grievous Bodily Harm Madeleine Kovitch Feature film
1990 Death in Brunswick June Feature film
1994 The Sum of Us Joyce Johnson Feature film
1994 The Roly Poly Man Chantal Feature film
1996 Idiot Box Detective Leanne Feature film
1997 Thank God He Met Lizzie June Feature film
1998 Let's Wait Alex Film short
1999 Federation Louisa Lawson Feature film
2000 My Mother Frank Receptionist Feature film
2001 A Matter of Life Suicidal Sue Film short
2001 Jet Set Herself Film short
2002 Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home Short Film short
2003 Swimming Upstream Billie Feature film
2004 Thunderstruck Matron of Honour Feature film
2009 Closed for Winter Dorothy Feature film
2009 Charlie & Boots Miles Waitress Feature film
2015 Women He's Undressed Florence Kelly Feature film documentary
2018 Ladies in Black Myra's Mother Feature film
2019 Larry Time Beryl Film short


Year Film Role Type
1975 McManus M.P.B. Model TV movie
1975 Silent Number Guest role TV series, 1 episode
1976 Certain Women Guest role ABC TV series
1979 Doctor Down Under Guest role: Sister Fletcher TV series, 1 episode
1979 The Restless Years Guest role: Dr. Helen Ashford TV series
1979 The Mike Walsh Show Herself - Guest with Mel Gibson & Michael Pate TV series, 1 episode
1981 Bellamy Guest role TV series, 1 episode
1982 1915 Recurring role: Sharon Kerley ABC TV miniseries, 2 episodes
1983 Prisoner Recurring Guest role: Gerri Doogan TV series, 2 episodes
1985;1987 A Country Practice Guest role: Joan Barlow TV series, 2 episodes
1987 A Country Practice Guest role: Maree Perkins TV series, 1 episode
1987 Willing and Abel Guest role TV series, 1 episode
1988 Home and Away Guest role: Vet TV series, 1 episode
1988 Mike Willesee's Australians Guest role: June Ferguson TV film series, 1 episode 9: "Betty Cuthbert"
1988 Rafferty's Rules Guest role: Miss Herron TV series, 1 episode
1988 Fields of Fire II Guest role: Betty Wilson TV miniseries, 1 episode
1990-1995 Johnson and Friends Regular role: Victoria ABC TV series, 32 episodes
1990 How Wonderful! Guest role: Exercise Class Teacher ABC TV movie
1991 For the Love of Mike Guest role: Isabella Rudd TV series, 1 episode
1991 Chances Regular role: Connie Reynolds TV series, 68 episodes
1991-1992 Police Rescue Recurring role: Bronwyn Catteau ABC TV series, 4 episodes
1994 Boffins Regular role: Madame Curie TV series, 13 episodes
1996 Naked: Stories of Men Recurring role: Romono ABC TV film series, 1 episode 5: "A Fallen Woman"
1998 Good Guys Bad Guys Guest role: Bridget Costello TV series, 1 episode
1998 Wildside Guest role: Patricia Wilson ABC TV series, 1 episode
1999 M.U.G.E.N. Herself - Voice Video Game
2002 McLeod's Daughters Guest role: Cathy Cronin TV series, 1 episode
2003 Welcher & Welcher Guest role: Judge ABC TV series, 1 episode
2004 Stiff Recurring role: Trish TV movie
2004 The Brush-Off Recurring role: Trish TV movie
2005 Small Claims: White Wedding Recurring role: Trudy Duffy TV film series, 1 episode
2006 Telethon Herself TV special
2006 Have a Go TV Herself - Presenter TV series, 13 episodes
2006 RAN: Remote Area Nurse Recurring role: Departing RAN SBS TV series, 3 episodes
2006 Neighbours Recurring role: Mishka Schneiderova / Mishka Schneidova TV series, 23 episodes
2007 Bastard Boys Recurring role: Gwen Coombs ABC TV miniseries, 2 episodes
2009 Law and Disorder: Allan Kessing - The Reluctant Whistleblower Herself - Narrator (Voice) Film documentary
2009 :30 Seconds Guest role: Joceyln Mann TV series, 1 episode
2009-2011 The Jesters Regular role: Di Sunnington TV series, 16 episodes
2009 Sea Princesses Herself - Whale Queen (Voice) TV series, 52 episodes
2010 A Very Short War Lead role: Gwen Carpenter TV film documentary
2010;2012 Rake Recurring role: Meg Makepeace QC ABC TV series, 2 episodes
2010-2012 Dance Academy Recurring role: Miss Histead ABC TV series, 3 episodes
2011 Outback Kids Herself - Narrator TV series, 3 episodes
2011-2012 Laid Guest roles: Jan Beane / Janis Kennedy ABC TV series, 5 episodes
2011 Immigration Nation: The Secret History Of Us Herself - Narrator TV series, 3 episodes
2012 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Guest role: Georgina Charlesworth ABC TV series, 1 episode
2013-2018 A Place to Call Home Regular role: Doris Collins TV series, 59 episodes
2014 Janet King Recurring role: Dianne Vaslich ABC TV series, 4 episodes
2015 The Daily Edition Herself - Guest TV series, 1 episode
2015 The Principal Recurring role: Val SBS TV miniseries, 4 episodes
2015 No Activity Guest role: Count Clerk TV series, 1 episode
2016 Deep Water Recurring role: Dr. Pedersen SBS TV miniseries, 2 episodes
2017 The Secret Daughter Guest role: Magistrate TV series, 1 episode
2017 Sisters Recurring role: Butch TV series, 2 episodes
2018 There Goes Our Neighbourhood Herself - Narrator ABC TV documentary
2020 Origins Unknown Agatha Dunwick Podcast series
2021 Tara Tremendous Fiona Biddlespach Podcast series, 1 episode
2022 The Strange Chores Guest role: Yellowbeard TV series, 1 episode
2022 Fisk Recurring Guest role: Edith ABC TV series, 2 episodes

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  1. ^ Atterton, Margot. (Ed.) The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Australian Showbiz, Sunshine Books, 1984. ISBN 0-86777-057-0 p 122