Genevieve Lemon

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Genevieve Lemon is an Australian singer and actress who has appeared in a number of soap operas. Her best known roles are as Zelda Baker in The Young Doctors, Marlene "Rabbit" Warren in Prisoner and Brenda Riley in Neighbours. She showed her comedic and singing talents in the televised revue show Three Men and a Baby Grand.

Genevieve Lemon
Born (1960-04-24) April 24, 1960 (age 56)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1982-present
Children Darcey Wilson

Early life[edit]

Lemon began her acting with the Leichhardt-based amateur theater company, The Rocks Players in inner city Sydney. Her professional career began on TV in 1982 with a minor role in Sons and Daughters, followed shortly after with a larger role as Nurse Zelda Baker in The Young Doctors.[1]

Films and music[edit]

Lemon has also appeared in a number of films directed by Jane CampionSweetie, The Piano and Holy Smoke!. She also appeared as Bunny, in Campion's miniseries Top of the Lake.

Her first CD, with her band, is called Angels in the City. It is a live recording of a concert she performed in the Studio at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Singing around the House series.

Theatre[edit]

Lemon has worked extensively for a number of major state theatre companies in Australia. She played in the stage production Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – the Musical as Shirley, the barmaid and owner of the Broken Hill Hotel.

Genevieve Lemon is currently[when?] on stage at London's Victoria Palace Theatre, portraying Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot the Musical, a role she performed firstly in Sydney then Melbourne.

Awards[edit]

On 21 January 2008 she won Best Actress in a Musical award at the 2007 Sydney Theatre Awards. Lemon won a 2008 Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Musical for her role in Billy Elliot the Musical.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Luigi's Ladies
1989
Debbo
Sweetie
Dawn 'Sweetie'
Directed by Jane Campion
The Piano
1993
Nessie
With Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel
Directed by Jane Campion
Billy's Holiday
1995
Julie
The Well
1997
Jen Brodern With Pamela Rabe
Holy Smoke!
1999
Rahi
With Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel
Directed by Jane Campion
Soft Fruit
Josie
Produced by Jane Campion
Suburban Mayhem
2006
Auntie Dianne
To Each His Own Cinema
2007
The Voices #1
French anthology film; segment: "The Lady Bug"
Segment directed by Jane Campion
8
2008
Pam Garner
Segment: "The Water Diary" - directed by Jane Campion

Television[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Sons and Daughters
1982
Jennifer Hickson
Season 1, episode 136
The Young Doctors
1983
Zelda Baker
Season 8
Prisoner
1984–85
Marlene Warren
Main role; Seasons 6–7; 74 episodes
Internationally re-titled Prisoner: Cell Block H
Studio 86
1986
Episode: "Lady's Day"
The Flying Doctors
1989
Libby
Season 5, episode 24 "A Rhyme for Reason"
G.P.
1990
Kate Mawson
Season 2, episode 37 "Longing"
Neighbours
1991–92
Brenda Riley
Seasons 7–8; 41 episodes
Seven Deadly Sins
1993
Envy
ABC mini-series
Heartland
1994
Fiona Lovell
Season 1, episode 8
After the Beep
1996
Josephine Donnelly
Season 1; 7 episodes
Always Greener
2001
Loretta
Season 1, episode 3 "Close Encounters of the Furred Kind"
Top of the Lake
2013
Bunny
BBC Two/BBC UKTV mini-series; 7 episodes
Created, written and directed by Jane Campion
Rake
2014
Tikki Wendon
Season 3; 6 episodes
The Secret River
Mrs. Herring
Mini-series

Television film[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Big Ideas
1993
Beth Draper
The Postcard Bandit
2003
Nola
Mermaids
Betty
The Adventures of Charlotte and Henry
2008
Charlotte's Mum/Henry's Mum/Madame
Animation
Redfern Now: Promise Me
2015
In production; Conclusion to the television series

Awards[edit]

1985 Penguin Certificate of Commendation for Prisoner

2007 Sydney Theatre Award for Billy Elliot

2008 Helpmann Award for Billy Elliot

2009 Green Room Award for Billy Elliot

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Margaret Throsby interview on ABC's Radio National

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