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|Born||Joyce Mary Penn
15 April 1922
Surrey, England, UK
|Died||15 September 2013
Taren Point, New South Wales, Australia
|Spouse(s)||David Ian Hutchinson Jacobs (m. 1946/1947 - 2011; his death)|
Joyce Mary Jacobs (née Penn; 15 April 1922 – 15 September 2013) was a British Australian character actress, best known for her long-running role as Esme Watson on the long-running soap opera A Country Practice. Originally written and conceived as a gossip busybody style character, the character became somewhat more sympathetic as the series progressed, the cast gave her along with Gordon Piper and Syd Heylen, the nickname The Three Musketeers because they shared the most screen time together, usually in the fictitious Wandin Valley RSL Club.
One of three siblings born in Surrey, England to Leonard W. Penn and Dora Elsie (née Ferrett) Penn, she did not embark on a professional acting career until arriving in Australia in 1965. During the 1970s, Jacobs played the small, recurring role of Mrs. Carson in Number 96 and Muriel Palmer on The Young Doctors.
in 1981, Jacobs appeared on the pilot episode of A Country Practice , as a character in the medical clinic called Norma after which she returned to the series thereafter donning Edna Everage style glasses and playing Esme Watson on the long-running Seven Network drama series, A Country Practice. Becoming a regular, starting with Episode 99 in 1982. Having worked on the series for 12 years, she was one of the show's longest-serving actresses. She remained with the show until it ended in 1993.
In 1994, Network Ten continued the series under the same title, but with a new setting and a mostly new cast. Jacobs, however, along with Joan Sydney (as matron) reprised her role of Esme Watson. The new version was not as successful as the original and was cancelled after 29 episodes. She appeared in the short film, Heaven on the 4th Floor, in 1998 opposite Bunney Brooke. She appeared in a guest episode on G.P. and in the 1986 television movie Hector's Bunyip.She appeared on a guest appearance on All Saints in 2000.
After retirement, in an interview with the magazine Woman's Day in 2012 she revealed that had been battling Parkinson's disease for 10 years. After her husband of 64 years, David Ian Hutchinson Jacobs, died in 2011, she resided in a rest home facility, Goodhew Gardens, Taren Point, where she celebrated her 90th birthday with fellow cast members.
|1998-2000||All Saints||Mavis Davis||2 Episodes|
|1998||Heaven on the 4th Floor||Joyce Williams||TV Short|
|1996||G.P.||Jean Oswald||1 Episode|
|1995||Coverstory||Vriendin Denise||1 Episode|
|1994||A Country Practice||Esme Watson||29 Episodes|
|1981-1993||A Country Practice||Esme Watson / Norma||805 Episodes|
|1981||Hector's Bunyip||Ivy Clements||TV Movie|
|1981||The Young Doctors||Muriel Palmer||1 Episode|
|1979||Number 96||Mrs Carson||1 Episode|
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- Interview Archived 16 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine., jocksjournal.com; accessed 22 March 2015.
- "A Country Practice star Joyce Jacobs who played Esme Watson dies aged 91", Herald Sun, 17 September 2013; retrieved 17 September 2013.