25 September 1942 |
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 The Fahan School, a non-denominational school for girls'. 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.
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).
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.
Awards and Honours
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 Single Drama or Mini Series' Category for her role as Shasta in Water Under The Bridge on the Ten Network. She had already won Logies as 'Most Popular Female' 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.
On 21 January 2004 she gave the Australia Day Address.
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 a 18 year old grandson Sam Dawe.
|1962||Consider Your Verdict||Judith Harper||TV series|
|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'|
|1976||The Fourth Wish||Connie|
|1978||Father, Dear Father in Australia||Mrs. Webster||1 episode: 'Novel Exercise'|
|1978||The Irishman||Jenny Doolan|
|1978||The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith||Mrs. McCready|
|1980||Water Under the Bridge||Shasta||TV film|
|1980||A Toast to Melba||TV film|
|1980–1982||Spring & Fall||Anne/Mary||2 episodes|
|1983||The Dismissal||Lady Kerr||TV mini-series|
|1983||Careful, He Might Hear You||Lila|
|1984||For Love or Money||TV film|
|1984||The Coolangatta Gold||Robyn Lukas|
|1986||The More Things Change...||Director|
|1988||Emerald City||Kate Rogers|
|1990||The Ham Funeral||TV film|
|1990||Shadows of the Heart||Mrs. Hanlon||TV film|
|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||The Castle||Federal Court Judge|
|1998||Halifax f.p: A Murder of Crows||Angela Halifax||TV film|
|2003||The Matrix Reloaded||Councillor Dillard|
|2003||Enter the Matrix||Councillor Dillard (voice)||Video game|
|2003||Bad Eggs||Eleanor Poulgrain|
|2003||The Matrix Revolutions||Councillor Dillard|
|2011||The Eye of the Storm||Lal|
- "Robyn Nevin: she who must be obeyed". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 February 2006.
- Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "NEVIN Robyn". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.
- "Sydney Theatre Company". Sydneytheatre.com.au. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
- "1962–1965 Logie Awards". Australian Television. 30 October 1998. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
- "1966–1969 Logie Awards". Australian Television. 30 October 1998. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
- "Home – Events & Protocol – University of Tasmania, Australia". Utas.edu.au. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
- "What's On". Australia Day. Retrieved 2 November 2010.
- Robyn Nevin at the Internet Movie Database
- Robyn Nevin at Yahoo! Movies
- Australia Day Address 2004
- In the Company of Actors