Judith McGrath

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Judith McGrath
Born Judith McGrath
(1947-04-21) 21 April 1947 (age 70)
Brisbane, Australia
Other names Judy McGrath
Occupation Actress
Years active 1969–present
Notable work Prisoner (1979–84)
A Country Practice (1992–93)
All Saints (1998–2010)

Judith McGrath (born 21 April 1947) is an Australian actress, best known for her television soap roles as Colleen Powell in Prisoner (1979–1984) on Network Ten and Von Ryan in the medical drama All Saints (1998–2009) on Network Seven.


Born in Brisbane, Queensland, McGrath spent many of her formative years training at Brisbane Arts Theatre and was a company member of Twelfth Night Theatre under theatre director, Joan Whalley. She is probably best known to international audiences for her early performances on Australian television as fair-minded but sarcastic Deputy Governor Colleen "Po Face" Powell in the cult series Prisoner.[1] Initially appearing on-and-off for the first two years on the show, Powell became a leading character in 1981 and McGrath continued the role in that way before leaving the series permanently in 1984.

After this she appeared in guest roles in 1985 episodes of Neighbours and The Flying Doctors. She also appeared in one series of the Australian children's television show Round The Twist as Matron Gribble.[2] She was also a regular cast member on A Country Practice as Bernice Hudson from 1992 until 1993.

She played the long-running role of Yvonne "Von"' Ryan in television medical drama series All Saints from its debut in 1998. She is the only original cast member to stay with the series until it concluded in late 2009.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1969 Age of Consent Brisbane Bird: Grace Feature film
1977 Young Ramsay Rosemary Billings Season 1, Episode 8 – "Lame Duck"
1977 Bluey Mrs. Thompson Season 1, Episode 22 – "The Fat Cat"
1978 Cop Shop Season 1, Episode 23
1979 Skyways Mrs. Mason Season 1, Episode 15 – "Who Killed Cock Robyn?"
Season 1, Episode 16 – "Mercy Dash"
Unknown Dr. Mendleshon Episode: "The Return of Bessie Langhurst: Part 1 (unknown season)
Episode: "The Return of Bessie Langhurst: Part 2" (unknown season)
Unknown Zoe Lawrence Episode: "Up the Down Staircase" (unknown season)
1980 Young Ramsay Ethel Dean Season 2, Episode 5 – "Gift Horse"
1984 Special Squad Unknown role Season 1, Episode 26 – "Farewell to Comerade"
1979–84 Prisoner Colleen Powell Seasons 1–6 (263 episodes)
Recurring role (seasons 1 & 2) / Main role (seasons 3–6)
1985 Neighbours Margaret Hamilton / Margart Heywood Season 1 (4 episodes)
1986 Sword of Honour Dietician Miniseries – Episode 4
1986 The Flying Doctors Cynthia Cumberland-Brown Season 1, Episode 18 – "Eye of the Beholder"
1988 Caroline Longley Season 3, Episode 22 – "One Final Request"
1989 Round the Twist Matron Gribble Season 1 (9 episodes)
1992–93 A Country Practice Bernice Hudson Seasons 12 & 13 (149 episodes)
1995 Police Rescue Hazel Season 4, Episode 3 – "Wrong Side of the Road"
1996 Naked: Stories of Men Margaret Season 1, Episode 3 – "Blind-Side Breakaway"
2005 Fink! Centrelink Woman Feature film
1998–2009 All Saints Yvonne 'Von' Ryan Seasons 1–12 (493 episodes)
Nominated: Logie Award of Most Outstanding Actress in a Series
2010 Scone Wars Mavis Hepstead Short film
2011–12 Winners & Losers Maria Crawley Season 1, Episode 9 – "One Door Opens"
Season 1, Episode 14 – "Two Point Oh"
Season 2, Episode 21 – "Perfect Match"


  1. ^ "It's Saints and winners". Manchester Evening News. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Children's show with a twist
  3. ^ Idato, Michael (26 October 2009). "All Saints fades away". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 

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