Glenda Linscott

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.

Glenda Linscott
Glenda Linscott

1958 (age 61–62)
NationalityEnglish Australian
OccupationActress, director
Notable work
Prisoner (1985–86)
Murder Call (1997–2000)
Spouse(s)Richard Buckham (m.1989)[1]


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.[2]

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.[3]

In 2015 she took up the position of Head of Acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Linscott met ABC Radio Australia producer Richard Buckham in 1985 and they married in early 1989.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Howling III: The Marsupials Bahloo
1995 Back of Beyond Mary Margaret
2001 The Man Who Sued God Co-plaintiff
2002 The Nugget Bunny
2005 Deck Dogz Exboobs
2006 Jindabyne Detective


Year Title Role Notes
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

Short films

  • Transformation ... as Amanda (2009)
  • Game (2011 – writer & director)


  1. ^ a b "The Beater turns bride", by Amanda Zachariah – TV Week, issue published 6 December 1988, p.29.
  2. ^ "Prisoner's Tall Story"TV Week, issue published 24 August 1985, p.81.
  3. ^ 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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