Tina Bursill

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Tina Bursill
Born (1951-07-24) 24 July 1951 (age 71)
Sydney, Australia
OccupationActress
Years active1973–present
Notable work Skyways (1979–1981)
Prisoner (1983–1984)
Doctor Doctor (2016–2021)

Tina Bursill (born 24 July 1951) is an Australian actress. She played Louise Carter on the television series Skyways (1979–1981) and Sonia Stevens on Prisoner (1983–1984). She played Meryl Knight in the Nine Network drama series Doctor Doctor .

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Bursill won the AFI (AACTA) Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1987 film Jilted .

Life and career

Tina Bursill was born on the 24 July 1951 in Sydney. Initially, she intended to pursue a career in anthropology, however, she set her sights on becoming an actress. She studied drama at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and graduated in 1971. Bursill started her career in musicals and stand-up comedy, before being cast in more serious roles in theatre.

Bursill made her acting debut in 1973 appearing in the lead role of short-lived comedy series The People Next Door as Meg Penrose. She was a regular character in daily soap opera The Unisexers which was launched in February 1975 on the Nine Network however the program's low ratings led to its cancellation and removal from broadcast after only three weeks. What followed was a number of guest appearances Australian television series, before receiving the role of Louise Carter in the Seven Network drama series Skyways , for which she appeared from 1979 to 1981. During which, she also had a recurring role on police drama series, King's Men between 1976 and 1980. In 1983, Bursill was cast in the role of Sonia Stevens on Network Ten's cult classic prison drama series Prisoner (Prisoner: Cell Block H), in which she was introduced in the fifth season as a devious vice queen imprisoned for heroin trafficking and remained in the series until 1984. Her role as Sonia Stevens is one she is most recognized for. The characters in which she plays are often that of sophisticated and coolly self-reliant women.

When Bursill departed the series, she appeared in several recurring roles; her first in A Country Practice as Bianca Forbes-Hamilton in 1981 and Cecily Day in 1985, Hey Dad..! as Det. Sgt. Anne Burke in 1987, and Heartbreak High in 1997 as Hilary Scheppers, the mother of characters Ryan and Anita Scheppers. She had appeared in Heartbreak High the year before as TV news reporter, Trish Ferro. She is perhaps also known for her recurring roles on the Seven Network soap opera Home and Away during the fourth season and fourteenth season in 1991 and 2001 as Lois Crawford and Stella Patterson respectively. Bursill most recently appeared in the recurring role of Kathy Carpenter in Neighbours during the thirtieth season in 2014. [1]

Bursill made her feature film debut in 1975 when she was cast in The Great Macarthy , a sports comedy with John Jarratt and Barry Humphries. Her second film role came in 1984, when she appeared in Melvin, Son of Alvin , a sequel to the 1973 comedy, Alvin Purple . In 1987, she starred in Jilted , which earned her an Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Her further film credits include Afraid to Dance , Spider & Rose, Billy's Holiday , The Goddess of 1967 , Son of the Mask , Three Blind Mice , Random 8, and Wish You Were Here.

In 2022 she was in a production of Cinderella .

Filmography

Film

TitleYearRoleNotes
The Great Macarthy
1975
Miss Deevil
Melvin, Son of Alvin
1984
Dee Tanner
Jilted
1987
Paula
Afraid to Dance
1989
Driving Woman
Spider & Rose
1994
Sister Abbott
Billy's Holiday
1995
Louise
The Goddess of 1967
2000
Esther
Son of the Mask
2005
Network Executive
Three Blind Mice
2008
Candy
Random 8
2011
Filmmaker and narrator
Wish You Were Here
2012
Margie McKinney

Television

TitleYearRoleNotes
The People Next Door
1973
Meg Penrose
TV series, 20 episodes Regular role
A Touch of Reverence
1974
ABC TV Mini-series,
Silent Number
1974
Annette
TV series, Season 1, Episode 4 "Cecelia"
The Unisexers
1975
Felicity
TV series, 16 episodes Lead role
Matlock Police
1975
Jennifer Craig
TV series, Season 5, Episode 37 "Eight Mile Al"
The Dave Allen Show in Australia
1975
Various
TV series
Celebrity Squares
1976
Herself
TV series, 1 episode
Alvin Purple
1976
Bernice
ABC TV series, Season 1, Episode 9 "Rhythm Method"
King's Men
1976
Jaybee Giddings
TV series, 13 episodes Lead role
The Emigrants
1976
Nurse Watson
TV series, 1 episode: 3 "13,000 Miles Away"
Chopper Squad
1977
Mother
TV series, Season 1, Episode 12 "Dangerous Weapon"
The Oracle
1979
unknown role
ABC TV series, 1 episode
The Mike Walsh Show
1980
Herself
TV series
Skyways
1979–1981
Louise Carter
TV series, 109 episodes Lead role
A Country Practice
1981
Bianca Forbes-Hamilton
TV series, Season 1, Episode 13 "Alternatives: Part 1"
Season 1, Episode 14 "Alternatives: Part 2"
Winner Takes All
1982
Liz Bell
ABC TV Mini-series, 10 episodes
Clive Robertson's Beauty And The Beast1982HerselfTV series
Prisoner
1983–1984
Lead role; Season 5 & Season 6 – 54 episodes
The Fast Lane
1985
Felicity
ABC TV series, 1 episode
A Country Practice
1985–1986
Cecily Day
TV series, 12 episodes Recurring role
Hey Dad..!
1987
Det. Sgt. Anne Burke
TV series, 6 episodes Recurring role
Rafferty's Rules
1987;1988
Erica Jamison
TV series, 2 episodes Recurring role
Willing and Abel
1987
Margaret Hill
TV series, 1 episode Recurring role
Australian Traineeship System
1987
Herself
TV documentary
This Man... This Woman
1989
Liz Maddocks
ABC TV Mini-series, 2 episodes
The Flying Doctors
1990
Billie Sorensen
TV series, 1 episode Season 7, Episode 15 "Billie and Pete"
Jackaroo
1990
Martha Logan
TV mini-series, 2 episodes
G.P.
1991
Adele Meyer
ABC TV series, 1 episode Season 3, Episode 5 "Out of Pasture"
Tonight Live With Steve Vizard
1991
Herself
TV series, 1 episode
Home and Away
1991
Lois Crawford
TV series, Season 4 – 23 episodes Recurring role
The Main Event
1991
Herself
TV series, 1 episode
EEO Free For All Forum
1992
Herself
TV documentary
The World Tonight - Beauty And The Beast segment
1992
Herself
TV series, 1 episode
Bony
1992
Peta
TV series, 1 episode Season 1, Episode 6 "Surf, Sun, Sand.... and Murder"
Cluedo
1993
unknown role
TV series, 1 episode
Mother and Son
1994
Carman
ABC TV series, 1 episode Season 6, Episode 1 "The Ride"
Under The Skin
1994
Julie
SBS TV series, 1 episode
The Ferals
1994
White Ant
TV series, 1 episode Season 1, Episode 10 "Exam Fever"
Over The Hill
1995
unknown role
TV series, 1 episode
G.P.
1995
Caroline Lalor
ABC TV series, 1 episode Season 7, Episode 33 "One for the Road"
Monday To Friday
1995
Herself
TV series, 1 episode
Good Morning Australia
1995;2001
Herself
TV series, 1 episode
Heartbreak High
1996
Trish Ferra
TV series, 37 episodes, Season 4, Episode 12 Recurring role
Heartbreak High
1997-1998
Hilary Scheppers
ABC TV series, Season 5 – 12 episodes
This Is Your Life?
1997
Herself
TV series, 1 episode
Murder Call
1998
Lori Magnus
TV series, 1 episode Season 2, Episode 3 "Skin Deep"
All Saints
1999
Margaret Evans
TV series, Season 2, Episode 36 "The Ties That Bind
Farscape
2000
Empress Novia
TV series, 3 episodes Season 2 – 3 episodes
Good Morning Australia
2001
Herself
TV series, 1 episode
Corridors of Power
2001
Petra
TV series, 1 episode Season 1, Episode 5
Denise
2001
Herself
TV series, 1 episode
Home and Away
2001–2002
Stella Patterson
TV series, Season 14 & Season 15 – 8 episodes
All Saints
2002
Helen Fahey
TV series, Season 5, Episode 15 "Overload"
MDA
2002
Dr. Ruth McIntyre
TV series, Season 1, Episode 15 "Love You to Death"
BackBerner
2002
Jennie Turk/Naomi Kennedy
ABC TV series, 2 episodes
Grass Roots
2003
Ariadne Totos
ABC TV series, 1 episode Season 2, Episode 5 "Dogs"
Always Greener
2003
Lucy Buckingham
TV series, 2 episodes
White Collar Blue
2003
Carole
TV series, 1 episode Season 2, Episode 20
Out There
2004
ABC TV series, 1 episode Season 2, Episode 10 "To Know Me Is"
Blue Water High
2005
Katrina
TV series, 1 episode Season 1, Episode 8 "Brothers and Sisters"
Dramatically Black
2005
TV series, 1 episode Season 1, Episode 4 "Plains Empty"
All Saints
2008
Robyn Simms
TV series, 1 episode Season 11, Episode 25 "Horses for Courses"
Offspring
2011
Marilyn
TV series, 2 episodes Season 2 – 2 episodes
Crownies
2011
Magistrate Ellen Hansby
TV series, 1 episode Season 1, Episode 16
Rake
2012
Miriam
TV series, 1 episode Season 2, Episode 7 "Greene v Hole"
A Moody Christmas
2012
Maree Moody
ABC TV series, 6 episodes
The Moodys
2014
Maree Moody
ABC TV series, 8 episodes
The Time of Our Lives
2013–2014
Lenore
ABC TV series, 3 episodes
Neighbours
2014-2016
Kathy Carpenter
TV series, 21 episodes Seasons 30 & 32
Doctor Doctor
20162021
Meryl Knight
TV series, 48 episodes Seasons 15 Lead role
Drop Dead Weird
2017
Tweedy Lady
ABC TV series, 1 episode
The 60th Annual TV Week Logie Awards
2018
Herself - Presenter
TV special
Today Extra
2018;2021
Herself
TV series, 1 episode
Harrow
2019
Alice Hobson
TV series, 1 episode
Talkin' Bout Your Generation
2019
Herself
TV series, 1 episode
Today Extra
2021
Herself
TV series, 2 episodes
Wentworth: Unlocked
2021
Herself - Eve Wilder
TV special
Wentworth
2021
Eve Wilder
TV series, 3 episodes Season 8, Episodes 14–16
Hot Off The Press
2021
Herself
Podcast series, 1 episode
Teal Talk
2021
Herself
Podcast series, 1 episode
Frayed
2021
Cathy
ABC TV series, 1 episode
Studio 10
2021
Herself
TV series, 1 episode
11th AACTA Awards
2021
Herself
TV special
Today Extra
2022
Herself
TV series, 1 episode
News Breakfast
2022
Herself
TV series, 1 episode

FILM

TitleYearRoleNotes
Solomon
1973
unknown role
TV film
The Great MacArthy
1975
Miss Deevil
Feature film
A Good Thing Going
1978
Jeanette
TV film
Melvin, Son Of Alvin
1984
Dee Tanner
Feature film
Robbery
1985
Suzy
TV film
A Single Life
1985
Billie Russell
ABC TV film
The Three Musketeers
1986
Animation; voice
Jilted
1987
Paula
Feature film
Afraid To Dance
1988
Driving woman
Feature film
The Distant Home
1992
Dr. Rosen
TV film
Spider & Rose
1994
Sister Abbott
Feature film
Billy's Holiday
1995
Louise
Feature film
Aftershocks
1998
Kerri Ingram
SBS TV film
The Goddess Of 1967
2000
Esther
Feature film
Never Tell Me Never
1998
Virginia
TV film
Saturn's Return
2001
Sheila
TV film
Heroes' Mountain
2002
Margy Donald
TV film
BlackJack: Murder Archive
2003
Carmen
TV film
Small Claims
2004
Rhonda
TV film
Son Of The Mask
2005
Network Executive
Feature film US/GERMANY
One Of The Lucky Ones
2007
Additional voice (voice)
TV film
Three Blind Mice
2008
Candy
Feature film
Random 8
2011
Filmaker and Narrator
Wish You Were Here
2012
Margie McKinney
Feature film
Jack Irish: Dead Point
2014
Pat
TV film
The Flip Side
2018
Iris
Feature film

Other Appearances

STAGE/THEATRE

Awards and nominations

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References

  1. Dainty, Sophie (22 November 2013). "'Neighbours': Tina Bursill joins cast as Lauren Turner's mother Kathy". Digital Spy . Retrieved 25 March 2014.