Jeanie Drynan

Jeanie Drynan is an Australian film and television actress well known for her roles in the television series Class of '74 and in the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding. She may be best known to international viewers for her role as Muriel's mother in Muriel's Wedding, or as solicitor Angela Jeffries in the cult classic television series Prisoner Cell Block H.

Jeanie Drynan
Born (1951-05-05) 5 May 1951 (age 71)
Spouse(s)Antony Bowman[1]

Early lifeEdit

Drynan studied acting at Edinburgh College of Speech and Drama (now Queen Margaret University) in Scotland, UK. She later trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Australia.


Drynan has twice been nominated for Australian Film Institute Awards; Best Supporting actress in 1994 for her role in Muriel's Wedding and in 1999 for the Best Actress Award for her role in Soft Fruit.[2][3]

Selected screen and stage workEdit

Year Work Role Notes
1966 They're a Weird Mob Betty Feature film
1967 Skippy the Bush Kangaroo Dulcie Condon Television series - 2 episodes
1968 Riptide Val Wells Television series - 2 episodes
1969 2000 Weeks Jacky Lewis Feature film
1969 Pastures of the Blue Crane Ryl Mereweather Television mini-series
1969 Skippy and the Intruders Meg Feature film based on the Skippy television series
1976 Class of '74 Mary Dunstan Television soap opera - 2 episodes
1976 Don's Party Kath Henderson Feature film
1977 The Picture Show Man Mrs Duncan Feature film
1977 Money Movers Dawn Jackson Feature film
1978 Chopper Squad Dr Georgie Batie Television series - 13 episodes
1979 Prisoner Angela Jeffries Television soap opera - 9 episodes
(a.k.a. Prisoner: Cell Block H in UK and US)
1985 Winners – Quest Beyond Time Television series
1989 Cappuccino Maggie Feature movie - also associate producer[4]
1994 Muriel's Wedding Betty Heslop Feature film
1999 Paperback Hero Suzie Feature film
1999 Soft Fruit[5] Patsy Haft Feature film
2002 Dossa and Joe Vanessa Television series - series regular
2010 Bedroom Farce[6] Delia Stage play
2010 Rake Carmen Television series - guest role
2012 Biddies Stage play


  1. ^ "Bio". Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  2. ^ "1994 AFI Awards". Australian Television. 30 October 1998. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  3. ^ " - The Sydney Morning Herald". Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Jeanie Drynan Biography ((?)-)". Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Urban Cinefile DRYNAN, JEANIE; SOFT FRUIT". 23 June 1999. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Bedroom Farce - theatre interview from". The Blurb. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011.

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