Janet Andrewartha

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Janet Andrewartha
Born (1951-09-16) 16 September 1951 (age 65)
Occupation Australian stage/television actor
Years active 1978–present
Awards Green Room Award (twice)

Janet Andrewartha (born 16 September 1951 ([citation needed]) is an Australian actress of stage and television. She is famous for playing on-going roles in two popular Australian TV series, Reb Kean in Prisoner, and Lyn Scully in Neighbours.


Andrewartha was either born in Melbourne, Australia[citation needed], or some sources state Camarillo, California, USA. She is a graduate of the National Theatre Drama School, where she met future Neighbours and Prisoner colleague Jackie Woodburne.[1]



Andrewartha first came to prominence when she played the role of scheming Reb Kean in the popular Australian series Prisoner. Kean was a lead character on the soap for twelve months spanning the 1984 season, with a brief return appearance in late 1985. She appeared in the police procedural Blue Heelers as Det. Bridget Ryan. Other appearances include a guest role in A Country Practice, and the telemovie Moby-Dick.

She may be best known for playing Lyn Scully in another popular Australian series, Neighbours, a role she played since 1999. Lyn has working class roots and a ditzy nature, unlike many characters Andrewartha had played previously. Andrewartha left Neighbours in 2006 to try other acting roles and spend more time with her daughter during her final year of school. Lyn departed in the episode shown in Australia on 12 December 2006. She made a brief return in 2008, appearing in episodes screened in May and June that year. In 2009 she returned again, making her onscreen return in Australia on 24 August 2009, her final scenes were in May 2011.But she once again return to Neighbours in 2016[citation needed]

Theatre work[edit]

After her 2006 departure from Neighbours Andrewartha worked in London and with the Melbourne Theatre Company, of which she was an ensemble member, in the play All My Sons alongside John Stanton. Andrewartha has been recognised twice by her peers at the Green Room Awards. She has appeared in many other plays including Rising Fish Prayer, Hotel Sorrento, Navigating, Jerusalem, Good Works, Underwear, Perfume and Crash Helmet, A Happy and Holy Occasion, Sex Diary of an Infidel, Love Letters, Framework, Lysistrata, Ticka Tocka Linga, Once a Catholic, Honour and Other Desert Cities.[citation needed]


Years Program Role Episodes
1999–2006, 2008, 2009–11, 2016 Neighbours Lyn Scully regular
1998 Amy Singing Receptionist 1 Episode
1998 Moby Dick Uncredited 1 Episode
1997 State Coroner Eileen Hardy 2 Episodes
1994–95 Blue Heelers Bridget Ryan 2 Episodes (S1-S2)
1991–93 A Country Practice Lisa Davis 4 Episodes
1990–91 Embassy Marion Stewart Unknown Episodes
1989 This Man...This Woman Pat All
1987 Ground Zero New Neighbour 1 Episode
1984–86 Prisoner (TV series) Reb Kean 94 Episodes
1983 Carson's Law Uncredited 1 Episode
1979 Patrol Boat Uncredited Unknown Episodes


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