Judi Farr AM (born c.1938/1939),[1] also credited as Judy Farr,[2] is an Australian former actress of theatre, film and television best known for several situation comedy roles on Australian television. Farr has also appeared in Australian films such as December Boys.

Judi Farr

Bornc. 1938/1939 (aged 83/84)[1]
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
OccupationActress, director[2]
Years active1958[2]-2015 (retired)[1]
TelevisionA Place to Call Home
Please Like Me
Grass Roots
Kingswood Country


Farr first became known for her role of Rita in the situation comedy My Name's McGooley, What's Yours? (1967–1968).[3] She continued to play the character in that show's short-lived sequel series Rita and Wally in 1968.[4]

Later she played a similarly high-profile regular role in a successful sitcom, portraying dizzy wife Thelma in Kingswood Country starting in 1980. She left the series in 1982, and in the script Thelma was sent off on a world cruise. She later sent word she would not be returning to her husband and Farr did not return to the series.

Aside from these roles Farr has had a long and busy career acting in dramatic roles in film and theatre, and television. She has had guest roles in drama series, television movies and miniseries. Television roles of the 1970s include guest spots on dramas including the Crawford Productions police shows, and a recurring role in soap opera Number 96 in 1974 and 1975, playing in comedy storylines. Later guest appearances include roles in A Country Practice, All Saints and CrashBurn.

Her first film role was a brief appearance in They're a Weird Mob (1966). Later films include Fatty Finn (1980), The Year My Voice Broke (1987), Flirting (1991) and Oscar and Lucinda (1997). Her film and television roles of the 2000s include Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (2004) TV movie, The Alice (2004) TV movie, Thunderstruck (2004), Go Big (2004) TV movie, Walking on Water (2002) and Changi (2001) (miniseries). She toured nationally and internationally with Cloudstreet and has worked for all major theatre companies in productions which include Death of a Salesman, Lettice and Lovage (opposite June Salter) and Angels in America. She was awarded the 1992 Theatre Critics Award for Women of Troy as well as the winner of the 2002 AFI Best Supporting Actress for Walking on Water she is soon to be seen in the documentary film Unfolding Florence.

She is also known for portraying the role of aunt Peg in the first season of Please Like Me.

Ms. Farr retired from the industry in 2015, after a cancer battle[1]

Farr was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for "significant service to the performing arts as an actor" in the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours.[5]


Title Year Role
The Taming of the Shrew (TV movie) 1962 unknown
Split Level (TV movie) 1964 unknown
They're a Weird Mob 1966 Telephonist in Hotel (uncredited)
The Interpretaris (TV mini-series) 1966 Alys-Computer
My Name's McGooley, What's Yours? (TV series) 1966-1968
Rita and Wally (TV series?) `1968 Rita Stiller
The Link Men (TV series) 1970 Anna Seberg
Division 4 (TV series) 1970-1971 Trish Carstairs/Lillian Walker
A Nice Day at the Office (TV series) 1972 Christine
Matlock Police (TV series) 1972 Jill
The Evil Touch (TV series) 1973 Anne Sullivan
Mac and Merle (TV series) 1974 unknown
The Fourth Wish (TV mini-series) 1974
Behind the Legend (TV series) 1975 Harriet
Number 96 (TV series) 1974-1975 Alderman April Bullock
Alvin Purple (TV series) 1976 Slater
Tickled Pink (TV series) 1978 Rachel Bneson
Father, Dear Father in Australia (TV series) 1978 Aunty Tom
Dawn! (film) 1979 New Resident
Just Out of Reach 1979 Mother
Fatty Finn 1980 Mrs. Hogan
Kingswood Country (TV series) 1980-1982 Thelma Bullpitt
Scales of Justice (TV miniseries) 1983 Mary Miles
Who Killed Hannah Jane? (TV movie) 1984 Hannah Jane Peden
Winners (TV series) 1985 Abattoir Manager's Wife
Mother and Son (TV series) 1986 Matron
For Love Alone 1986 Aunt Bea
Double Skulls (TV movie) 1986 Eilen Bayliss
The Year My Voice Broke 1987 Sheila Embling
Rafferty's Rules (TV series) 1988 Rhonda White
Melba (TV miniseries) 1988 Amy Davidson
Australians (TV series) 1988 Lottie Lyall
Come in Spinner (TV miniseries) 1990 Mrs. Gartred
Flirting 1991 Sheila Embling
Boys from the Bush (TV series) 1991 Phillis
A Country Practice (TV series) 1983/1986/1991 3 roles Faye Simpson/Norma Hammond/Grace Mullens
G.P. (TV series) 1989/1994/1996 3 roles Joan/Helen Kendall/Kathleen Sutton
Turning April 1996 Mother
Medivac (TV series) 1997 Aches Mother
Murder Call (TV series) 1997 Mrs. Perkins
Oscar and Lucinda (film) 1997 Mrs. Smith
AllSaints (TV series) 1999 Kathleen O'Hara
Stingers (TV series) 2000 Aunty Jan
Water Rats (TV series) 2001 Liz Cunio
Changi (TV mini-series) 2001 Older Joyce
Walking on Water 2002 Margaret
Grass Roots (TV series) 2000-2003 Janice Corniglio
Crashburn (TV series) 2003 Marg
Go Big (TV movie) 2004 Marion Katz
Thunderstruck 2004 Mrs. Jones
The Alice (TV movie) 2004 Lee
Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (TV miniseries) 2004 Scarren Doctor
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America (TV movie) 2006 Mrs. Koppel
December Boys 2007 Reverent Mother
The Sound of Shadows (film short) 2008 Christina
Laid (TV series) 2011/2012 Nan/Pearl
Jack Irish: Bad Debts (TV movie) 2012 Mrs Bishop
Please Like Me' (TV series) Aunty Peg
Twentysomething (TV series) 2013 Marie
Camp (TV series) 2013 Dorothy Jessup
A Place to Call Home (TV series) (2013-2015) Peg Maloney


  1. ^ a b c d "Queen's Birthday Honours 2021: Judi Farr, Angela Bishop. | TV Tonight".
  2. ^ a b c AusStage. "Judi Farr".
  3. ^ Moran, Peter John.; Moran, Peter John.; Moran, Peter John. (1988). The Acanthaster phenomenon /. Townsville, Qld.: Australian Institute of Marine Science. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.60630. ISBN 9780642132505.
  4. ^ Moran, Peter John.; Moran, Peter John.; Moran, Peter John. (1988). The Acanthaster phenomenon /. Townsville, Qld.: Australian Institute of Marine Science. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.60630. ISBN 9780642132505.
  5. ^ "Ms Judi Farr". It's An Honour. Retrieved 13 June 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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