Robyn Nevin

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Robyn Nevin
Born (1942-09-25) 25 September 1942 (age 74)
Melbourne, Australia
Spouse(s) Jim McNeil (divorced)
Partner(s) Nicholas Hammond (current)

Robyn Anne Nevin AM (25 September 1942), is an Australian actress, director and former head of the Sydney Theatre Company.[1]


Early life[edit]

Robyn Nevin was born 25 September 1942, in Melbourne, to William George Nevin and Josephine Pauline Casey. She was educated at Genazzano Convent until the age of 11, when she moved with her family moved to Hobart, Tasmania, and was enrolled at the Fahan School, a non-denominational school for girls.[2] While there, she played the lead in the school's production of Snow White at the Theatre Royal. Her parents were conservative and conventional, her father the managing director of Dunlop Australia, her mother a housewife, so to enter the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) at the age of 16 in the very first intake in 1959 was a brave step, in which she was fully supported by her parents.[1]

Professional life[edit]

At the outset of her career, she had a variety of roles in radio and television, working mainly at the Australian Broadcasting Commission, including current affairs, music, chat shows and children's shows throughout the early 1960s. With the Old Tote Theatre Company she acted in The Legend of King O'Malley by Bob Ellis and Michael Boddy in 1970. She gravitated back to theatre, where she has been a constant presence for the last 40 years.

Although theatre has been her home ground she has also been a reliable talent in Australian films and mini-series, landing many credits for strong supporting roles. She made one foray into directing in the little-noticed The More Things Change... (1986).[3]

In 1996 she became Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company, a position which she held with varying levels of success until 1999, when she took over the position of Artistic Director of the Sydney Theatre Company, where she was Artistic Director until the end of 2007.[4]

Nevin has performed in a range of roles at the Sydney Theatre Company, beginning in 1979 as Miss Docker in A Cheery Soul by Patrick White (reprised in 2001); and also including as Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac in 1981; as Ranyevskaya in The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov in 2005; and as Mrs Venable in Suddenly, Last Summer by Tennessee Williams in 2015.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]

Nominated for several awards, Nevin has thrice won the Sydney Critics' Circle Award for her theatre work.

In 1981 she won the TV Logie award in the 'Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Telemovie' category for her role as Shasta in Water Under The Bridge on the Ten Network. She had already won Logies as 'Most Popular Female'[6][7] in Tasmania in 1965 and 1967 during her stint at the ABC.

On 8 June 1981, she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the performing arts.

In 1999 she was awarded an honorary doctorate[8] from the University of Tasmania.

On 21 January 2004 she gave the Australia Day Address.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Nevin has been married twice, most notably to 'prison playwright' Jim McNeil. She currently lives with her partner, the US-born actor and screenwriter Nicholas Hammond. They met when they starred in Alan Ayckbourn's Woman in Mind at the STC in 1987. She has a daughter Emily Russell who is also an actor, also an 18-year-old grandson Sam Dawe.


List of film and television credits
Year Title Role Notes
1952 Tread Softly
1962 Consider Your Verdict Judith Harper TV series
1967 Bellbird
1973 Libido Sister Caroline
1973 President Wilson in Paris Mrs Wilson
1973 One Man in the Company Miss Healey 1 episode: 'Let Women Go Free'
1974 Matlock Police Sue Palmer 1 episode: 'Dancing Class'
1974 Ryan Susan Davis 1 episode: 'Negative Proof'
1975 Ben Hall
1976 Fourth Wish, TheThe Fourth Wish Connie
1976 Caddie Black Eye
1978 Father, Dear Father in Australia Mrs. Webster 1 episode: 'Novel Exercise'
1978 Temperament Unsuited
1978 Irishman, TheThe Irishman Jenny Doolan
1978 Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, TheThe Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Mrs. McCready
1979 Letting Go
1980 Water Under the Bridge Shasta TV film
1980 Toast to Melba, AA Toast to Melba TV film
1980–1982 Spring & Fall Anne/Mary 2 episodes
1982 Fighting Back Mary
1983 Dismissal, TheThe Dismissal Lady Kerr TV mini-series
1983 Goodbye Paradise Kate
1983 Careful, He Might Hear You Lila
1984 Conferenceville TV film
1984 For Love or Money TV film
1984 Coolangatta Gold, TheThe Coolangatta Gold Robyn Lukas
1985 Hanlon TV series
1986 The More Things Change... Director
1988 Emerald City Kate Rogers
1990 Ham Funeral, TheThe Ham Funeral TV film
1990 Shadows of the Heart Mrs. Hanlon TV mini-series
1992 Resistance Wiley
1992 Greenkeeping Mum
1993 Seven Deadly Sins Sloth TV mini-series
1994 Halifax f.p: The Feeding Angela Halifax TV film
1994 Lucky Break Anne-Marie LePine
1995 Angel Baby Dr. Norberg
1996 Halifax f.p: Cradle and All Angela Halifax TV film
1997 Castle, TheThe Castle Federal Court Judge
1998 Halifax f.p: A Murder of Crows Angela Halifax TV film
2003 Matrix Reloaded, TheThe Matrix Reloaded Councillor Dillard
2003 Enter the Matrix Councillor Dillard (voice) Video game
2003 Bad Eggs Eleanor Poulgrain
2003 Matrix Revolutions, TheThe Matrix Revolutions Councillor Dillard
2011 Eye of the Storm, TheThe Eye of the Storm Lal
2013 Top of the Lake Jude Miniseries
2013 The Turning
2013–14 Upper Middle Bogan Margaret Denyar Main role
2014 The Broken Shore TV film
2016 Gods of Egypt Sharifa
2016 Cleverman Jane O'Grady


  1. ^ a b "Robyn Nevin: she who must be obeyed". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 February 2006. 
  2. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2007). "Nevin, Robyn". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  3. ^ The More Things Change... at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ "Sydney Theatre Company". Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "STC Magazine Archive: Robyn Nevin". Sydney Theatre Company. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "1962–1965 Logie Awards". Australian Television. 30 October 1998. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "1966–1969 Logie Awards". Australian Television. 30 October 1998. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Home – Events & Protocol – University of Tasmania, Australia" (PDF). 4 May 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "What's On". Australia Day. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 

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