Jackie Woodburne

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Jackie Woodburne
Born Jacqueline Ann Woodburne
(1956-02-05) 5 February 1956 (age 61)
Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980–present
Known for Neighbours, Prisoner

Jacqueline Anne "Jackie" Woodburne (born 5 February 1956)[1] is a Northern Ireland born Australian actress best known for her television roles in soap operas Prisoner and Neighbours.

Personal life[edit]

Woodburne was born in Carrickfergus.[2] Her father was a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. She has two older siblings: John and Stephen. At age three she emigrated with her family to Australia. The family assumed that her father would be able to join the Australian police on arrival, but, owing to various rules and regulations, he was unable to do so.[3] Woodburne grew up in Frankston, Victoria and attended Forest Hill Primary School, Monterey Secondary College, and Karingal High School.[4]


Alongside future Neighbours castmate Janet Andrewartha, Woodburne attended the National Theatre Drama School and graduated in 1980.[4] Following her graduation, Woodburne played Josie in the mini-series Outbreak of Love. In 1990, she auditioned for the role of Pippa Fletcher in Home and Away, but lost out to her good friend Debra Lawrance.

Woodburne is best known for two long-running soap opera roles. The first was Julie "Chook" Egbert in Prisoner, a role she played from 1985 to 1986. (The poem read by Julie in episode 582 of Prisoner was penned by Woodburne herself.) This was followed by the role of Susan Kennedy in Neighbours, a role she has played since 1994.

Woodburne previously played the sister of Alan Fletcher in Cop Shop in 1982–1983, before they were cast as husband and wife Karl and Susan in Neighbours.[5]

Other soap opera roles include a brief appearance in the very first episode of Sons and Daughters (playing Patricia Dunne in flashbacks), a couple of episodes of A Country Practice, and a larger role in The Young Doctors where she played Nurse Maggie Gordon from 1980 to 1981.[5]

In 2005, she was nominated for the Best Female Performance in a Soap Opera award at the international Rose d'Or television festival, but was beaten by fellow British actress Lesley-Anne Down.

In 2014 she became the lead in Night Terrace, a narrative comedy audio series in which she told TVTonight she plays "basically a female Doctor Who".[6] The series was produced by Splendid Chaps Productions, with the first season released at the end of 2014. It won the Convenors' Award for Excellence in the 2014 Aurealis Awards.[7] A second season was released in February 2016, also starring Woodburne.

Woodburne appeared in a documentary special celebrating Neighbours' 30th anniversary titled Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which aired in Australia and the UK in March 2015.[8][9]


  1. ^ Neighbours: The Perfect Blend | Jackie Woodburne
  2. ^ Archer, Neil (3 January 2009). "Dawn rider". Goldcoast.com.au. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Jackie hasn't found Mr Right in real life". The Weekly News. 21 February 1998. 
  4. ^ a b "Jackie Woodburne". Frankston City. Archived from the original on 23 February 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Gadd, Michael (4 June 2004). "The woman next door". The Newcastle Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Jackie Woodburne, time travelling, zombies and Erinsborough | TV Tonight
  7. ^ ""Announcing the 2014 Aurealis Award winners!"". tor.com. 2015-04-13. Retrieved 2016-02-28. 
  8. ^ Knox, David (28 February 2015). "Airdate: Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (4 March 2015). "Neighbours 30th anniversary schedule confirmed by Channel 5". Digital Spy. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 

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