Lynne McGranger

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Lynne McGranger
Lynne McGranger arrives at the 2016 TV Week Logie Awards (26814449462) (cropped).jpg
Lynne McGranger at the 2016 Logie Awards
Born (1953-01-29) 29 January 1953 (age 70)
Paddington, New South Wales, Australia
Years active1990–present

Lynne McGranger (born 29 January 1953) is an Australian actress and longest serving female cast member of a television soap opera in Australia, having starred as Irene Roberts on soap opera Home and Away for over 30 years.[1][2] She joined the series in 1993, taking over from actress Jacquy Phillips who originally portrayed the character of Irene from 1991 to 1992.


McGranger was born to Bruce and Audrey.[1] She originally was a primary school teacher who trained at the Riverina College of Advanced Education in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, in 1975 where she had her initial actor training. She started her career in stage roles, early roles included Rose in Bye Bye Birdie and Anita in West Side Story. After further experience with the Q Theatre in Penrith, west of Sydney, she started working in television and won a small part in soap opera The Flying Doctors.

She undertook her best-known role on 12 January 1993, when she joined the cast of Home and Away playing Irene Roberts. At first cast in a guest role, McGranger was made a permanent cast member on 7 October 1993. In 2014 McGranger overtook former co-star Kate Ritchie as the longest serving actress to play the same character in Australian television.

McGranger was a participant in the fourteenth season of Dancing with the Stars.[3] She regularly appears in British pantomimes during the Christmas season, and has starred in pantomimes in Brighton, Torquay, York and Ashton-under-Lyne and Southport.[4]

Lynne McGranger

Personal life[edit]

McGranger was born in the Sydney suburb of Paddington in 1953. She has one daughter, Clancy (b. 1991), with her husband of more than thirty years, Paul McWaters.[5] She is a keen fan of cricket, and is also interested in history.[6] McGranger is also a supporter of the Sydney Swans.[7] McGranger's maternal grandfather Godfrey Allum was organist at St Paul's Cathedral Melbourne and wrote a number of Organ Preludes (The Australian Organist May 1988).


  1. ^ a b "Home and Away star Lynne McGranger's big wake up call". 5 September 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Lynne McGranger biography". Retrieved 29 June 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Dancing With The Stars 2014 line-up: Which celebrities we'd rather see on Seven's dancing show". 28 August 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  4. ^ Gatt, Kylie. "Lynne Mc Granger's Bio". Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Lynne McGranger's daughter Clancy McWaters poses triple threat to her mother's legacy". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  6. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel. "'Home and Away' Lynne McGranger interview: 'Irene should turn badass'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  7. ^ "In the Blood – Lynne McGranger". Retrieved 20 June 2016.

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