Judy Nunn

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Judy Nunn
Judy Nunn (cropped).jpg
Nunn in 2010
Born Judith Anne Nunn
(1945-04-13) 13 April 1945 (age 73)
Perth, Western Australia
Other names Judy Nunn
Judy Bernard-Waite (pen name)
Occupation Actress
author
screenwriter
Notable work The Box (1974–77)
Sons and Daughters (1984–86)
Home and Away (1988–2000, 03)
Spouse(s) Bruce Venables (m. 1988)
Website http://JudyNunn.com.au

Judith Anne Nunn[1] (AM) (born 13 April 1945 in Perth, Western Australia), (also published under the pen name of Judy Bernard-Waite), is an Australian fiction author, former theatre and television actress and radio and television screenwriter. Nunn was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Australia Day Honours for her service to the performing arts as a scriptwriter and actor of stage and screen, and to literature as an author.[2]

Acting Career[edit]

Early stage and TV career[edit]

After many years as a leading stage actress, her breakout television role was as the scheming bisexual reporter Vicky Stafford in the risque soap opera The Box. Her character became a popular cult figure in the series. Nunn continued in the role for the show's entire 1974–77 run. In 1979 she briefly played Joyce Martin in the Australian TV series Prisoner and after that had a lengthy spell as Dr. Irene Fisher in television serial Sons and Daughters from 1984 until 1986.

Home and Away[edit]

Her role as original character Ailsa Stewart in the soap opera Home and Away, from 1988 until the character was killed off in 2000, is probably Nunn's most famous role. In 2002 she returned in a guest role as a ghost that only her former on-screen husband, Alf Stewart, could see.

Personal life[edit]

Nunn married her husband, actor and writer and former New Zealand police officer Bruce Venables, the same week in which she filmed her character Ailsa's marriage to Alf (Ray Meagher) in Home and Away in 1988. Formerly long-time residents of Bondi, New South Wales, Nunn and her husband now reside on the Central Coast, New South Wales.

Literary career[edit]

Nunn is a screenwriter of radio and television and author. She has written scripts for programme's Neighbours and Possession. In the 1980s she decided to turn her hand to prose. The result was two adventure novels for children, Eye in the Storm and Eye in the City, which remain popular in Australia and Europe. Embarking on adult fiction in the early 1990s, Judy's three novels, The Glitter Game, Centre Stage and Araluen, set respectively in the worlds of television, theatre and film, became bestsellers. A specialist in Australian period fiction, other books she has written include Kal, Beneath the Southern Cross, Territory, Pacific, Heritage, Floodtide, Maralinga, Tiger Men in 2011, Elianne in 2013 and Spirits of the Ghan in 2015.

Filmography[edit]

Acting
Year Title Role Notes
1971
The Onedin Line Woman Season 1, Episode 12 − "Cry of the Blackbird"
1972
The Befrienders Mother Season 1, Episode 7 − "Lots of Friends in the Big City"
1974
Matlock Police Stella Davis Episode − "The Prowler"
1974–77
The Box Vicki Stafford Seasons 1–6 (206 episodes)
1975
The Box Vicki Stafford Feature film adaptation of the series
1978
Bit Part Jo Television film
1978
The Newman Shame Veronica Television film
1979
Skyways Bessie Langhurst "The Return of Bessie Langhurst": Parts 1 & 2 (2 episodes)
1979
Prisoner Joyce Martin Season 1 (9 episodes)
1981
Holiday Island Unknown/unnamed role Unknown episode(s)
1982
A Country Practice Nancy Brewer Season 2, Episodes 23 & 24 − "Shootin' Through": Parts 1 & 2 (2 episodes)
1983
David Copperfield (voice) Animated television film
1983
Hostage Mrs. Lewis Feature film
1983
Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear (voice) Animated film
1983
Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet (voice) Animated film
1984
Crime of the Decade Rolly's Mother Television film
1984–86
Sons and Daughters Irene Fisher Seasons 3–5 (150 episodes)
1985
The Pickwick Papers (voice) Animated television film
1988–2000, 2002–03
Home and Away Ailsa Stewart (née Hogan) Seasons 1–13 (main), Seasons 15–16 (recurring) (1313 episodes)
Self appearances
Year Title Role Notes
2001–02 Beauty and the Beast Herself Panel show
1997 Surprise Surprise Herself Light entertainment show (1 episode)
2002 The Best of Aussie Drama Herself Documentary
2006 It Takes Two Herself Music competition show (3 episodes)
2012 First Tuesday Book Club Herself Panel Show (1 episode)
2018 Endless Summer: 30 Years of Home and Away Herself Documentary
Additional credits
Year Title As Notes
1985 Neighbours Writer Season 1 (3 episodes)

Bibliography[edit]

Children’s fiction[edit]

  • The Riddle of the Trumpalar (1981, as Judy Bernard-Waite) with Patricia Bernard and Fiona Waite
  • Challenge of the Trumpalar (1986, as Judy Bernard-Waite) with Patricia Bernard and Fiona Waite
  • Eye in the Storm (1988)
  • Eye in the City (1991)

Adult fiction[edit]

  • The Glitter Game (1991)
  • Center Stage (1994)
  • Araluen (1994)
  • Kal (1996)
  • Beneath the Southern Cross (1999)
  • Territory (2002)
  • Pacific (2004)
  • Heritage (2005)
  • Floodtide (2008)
  • Maralinga (2009)
  • Tiger men (2011)
  • Elianne (2013)
  • Spirits of the Ghan (2015)
  • Sanctuary (2017)

References[edit]

  • Nunn, Judy (2004-11-27). "Prime time for peeping Toms". The Weekend Australian. p. 21. 

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