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Glenda Linscott (born 1958) is an Australian actress and director, born in Rhodesia of English descent, she is best known internationally for her performance as tough bikie inmate and top dog Rita "The Beater" Connors in the television drama Prisoner, for which she won a Penguin Award.
1958 (age 61–62)
|Prisoner (1985–86) |
Murder Call (1997–2000)
|Spouse(s)||Richard Buckham (m.1989)|
Glenda was born in Rhodesia, before briefly immigrating to England, and finally to Adelaide, Australia, as a child. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Linscott's most notable role is Network Ten prison drama Prisoner, for which she first appeared towards the end of the seventh season in 1985, while the character became immensely popular during the final season in 1986, despite the show's decline in ratings at that time. Prior to appearing on the show, Linscott gained much research on women prisoners and approached the New South Wales Department of Correctional Services and organised to spend some time inside one of their maximum security prisons. She also did extensive research on bikie gangs, spending a lot of time with real-life bikie Ian Doig who played her boyfriend "Slasher" in the series.
She later returned to Britain when she appeared in a stage play version of Prisoner. Guest roles include A Country Practice, All Saints and McLeod's Daughters. She also had a recurring role in the Australian drama, Murder Call as Pathologist, Dr. Imogen Soames between 1997–2000.
In November 2011, it was announced Linscott had joined the cast of Neighbours for three months as Dr. Jessica Girdwood, a surgeon at the Erinsborough Hospital. She made her first on screen appearance that same month.
In 2015 she took up the position of Head of Acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
|1987||Howling III: The Marsupials||Bahloo|
|1995||Back of Beyond||Mary Margaret|
|2001||The Man Who Sued God||Co-plaintiff|
|1984||The Cowra Breakout||Heather||Miniseries|
|1985–86||Prisoner||Rita Connors||Seasons 7 & 8 – 106 episodes|
|1987||Rafferty's Rules||P.C. Waterman||Season 1, Episode 13 – "Invasion of Privacy"|
|1990||A Country Practice||Vera Charles||Season 10, Episodes 61 & 62 – "Little Big Man" (Parts 1 & 2)|
|1991||The Miraculous Mellops||Professor Moorcroft||Season 1, Episodes 3, 11 & 13|
|1993||Big Ideas||Lix Dixon||Television film|
|1995||Janus||Kathy Tainsh||Season 2, Episode 9 – "Fit to Plead"|
|1995||Soldier Soldier||Betty Palmer||Season 5, Episode 6 – "Ill Wind"|
|1997–2000||Murder Call||Dr. Imogene 'Tootsie' Soamses||Seasons 1–3 – 31 episodes|
|2001||All Saints||Anna Murchinson||Season 4, Episode 31 – "Look Into My Eyes"|
|2003||MDA||Gretle Celeste||Season 2, Episode 1 – "Eternity"|
|2004||Fergus McPhail||Gabrielle||Season 1, Episode 15 – "The Grass is Greener" & Season 1, Episode 16 – "Cactus"|
|2004||McLeod's Daughters||Celia Rivers||Season 4, Episode 13 – "Second Chance"|
|2006||Real Stories||Jesse Martin's Mother||Season 1, Episode 3|
|2011||Underbelly Files: Infiltration||Sandra||Television film|
|2013||Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries||Mrs. Biggs||Season 2, Episode 4 – "Deadweight"|
|2011–15||Neighbours||Jessica Girdwood||Seasons 27, 28 & 30 – 9 episodes|
|2011–16||Winners & Losers||Lily Patterson||Seasons 1 & 4 – 8 episodes|
|2020||The Heights||Eva||Season 2, Episode 8|
- Transformation ... as Amanda (2009)
- Game (2011 – writer & director)
- "The Beater turns bride", by Amanda Zachariah – TV Week, issue published 6 December 1988, p.29.
- "Prisoner's Tall Story" – TV Week, issue published 24 August 1985, p.81.
- Kilkelly, Daniel (10 November 2011). "'Neighbours' casts 'Prisoner' actress Glenda Linscott as new surgeon". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
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