Leila Hayes (12 February 1942) is an Australian actress, actors agent, radio presenter, playwright, producer and drama teacher, she remains best known for playing "Beryl Palmer/Hamilton" in the hit 1980s soap opera Sons and Daughters throughout its entire run.
She began her career as a singer. In the 1970s she acted on television in guest roles in Crawford Productions drama series Homicide, Division 4, Matlock Police and Bluey, and appeared briefly in their acclaimed serial The Sullivans.
Hayes also acted in television miniseries, including Power Without Glory (1976), and in some TV movies. In 1981 she appeared in several episodes of soap opera Prisoner as brothel madam Jeannie Baxter and was in an early episode of A Country Practice. The same episode starred Peter Phelps who played her stepson John in Sons and Daughters only a few months later.
Hayes had also acted on stage, taking the leading role of April Delaney in comedy Dimboola. After this came the role in Sons and Daughters. Leila ran a drama school for aspiring actors, called the "Leila Hayes drama Studio" in NSW . Hayes had a career in talkback radio for a while.
- Atterton, Margot. (Ed.) The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Australian Showbiz, Sunshine Books, 1984. ISBN 0-86777-057-0 p 86
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