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Judith Ann Morris (born 13 December 1947 in Queensland, Australia) is an Australian character actress, as well as a film director and screenwriter, well known for the variety of roles she played in 58 different television shows and films, starting her career as a child actress and appearing on screen until 1999, since then she has worked on film writing and directing, most recently for co-writing and co-directing a musical epic about the life of penguins in Antarctica which became Happy Feet, Australia's largest animated film project to date.[1][2]

Judy Morris
Judith Ann L'Armand

13 December 1947 (1947-12-13) (age 71)
Queensland, Australia
film director


Early careerEdit

Morris’s first role came at the age of 10 when she was part of the cast of the television episode "Picture of the Magi" a Family Theater production which aired about 1957 on the Mutual Broadcasting System in the United States.[2] She then performed in two other roles in the USA, at the age of 10 on the Loretta Young Show, and in 1960, at the age of 13, on The Chevy Mystery Show hosted on that occasion by Vincent Price.[3]


Returning to Australia, Morris's next role was not to come until she reached the age of 20 when, in 1967, she worked in the ABC television series, Bellbird. Impressing casting agents, she was cast in numerous well known television series, including (see drop-down filmography list for further details) seven episodes in Division 4, four episodes in Matlock Police and three episodes in Homicide series.[2]

In 1970, she starred in the short portmanteau film 3 to Go. During this time she also moved to more provocative (for its time) television, especially in the sex series of Alvin Purple,[2] and then under the direction of Tim Burstall as Sybil the babysitter in Libido: The Child (one of four parts of a portmanteau film that showed various aspects of human sexuality). In this part Morris awakens the sexuality of the boy that she is babysitting. For her part, Morris won the 1973 Australian Film Industry (AFI) Best Actress in a Lead Role.[4][5][6] Morris then played the part of "Sam" in the 1978 movie In Search of Anna, before receiving top billing as the wife "Jill Cowper" in the 1979 black comedy The Plumber, which began its life as a small 6 week television series directed by Peter Weir but following its success was produced as a DVD titled The Mad Plumber.[7]

The 1980s brought further success. She starred in Maybe This Time (1980), Strata (1983), Phar Lap (1983) as Bea Davis, the wife of Phar Lap's owner David J. Davis, and played the part of "Catherine Faulkner", the mother of the main character, "Kat Stanton", (played by Nicole Kidman) in Bangkok Hilton (1989).[8] In 1986 Morris was cast as Margaret 'Meg' Stenning in the miniseries The Last Frontier, that also starred Jason Robards as her father Edward Stenning, fellow Australian Jack Thompson as her brother, the black sheep of the family, Nick Stenning, and American actress Linda Evans as Kate Adamson-Hannon. (This miniseries was released on 3 November 1986). During and after this work she also played the role of "Liz Beare", the daughter in law of "Maggie Beare" (played by Ruth Cracknell) in the Mother and Son series that ran from 1984 to 1994. She also starred as an American photographer in Razorback.

Following this, amongst other work, she was cast in the role of "Mrs Muggleton" in eight episodes of the Spellbinder (1995) television series.

In 1996, she had voiced Melba the Crocodile from an animated tv show called Crocadoo.

Writing and directingEdit

Morris wrote and directed the comedy Luigi's Ladies in 1989. Later she teamed up with George Miller and Dick King-Smith to write Babe: Pig in the City in 1998. An episode of Dinotopia in 2002 and then most recently co-wrote the story to the film Happy Feet (along with Warren Coleman, John Collee, and once again, George Miller). Happy Feet was the first Australian animated film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and for her part in writing it Morris was nominated for an Annie Award. She later wrote the screenplay for Fred Schepisi's 2011 film, The Eye of the Storm, based on the novel of the same title.


Morris has been nominated for several awards in her career including:


Note:Judy Morris is Australia Actress and this filmography relates to her career in Australia, her roles as a child actress in the United States are not listed.

Year Production Role
1967 Bellbird (TV series)
1970 Mrs. Finnegan (TV series) Receptionist
1971 Three to Go Judy (in segment Judy)
1971 The Comedy Game (TV series)
1972 Barrier Reef (TV series) Gail Smith
1972 The Final Countdown
1972 The Spoiler (TV series) Fancy
1972-1973 Boney (TV series) 2 roles
-Kathy Markham (1972)
Jill Madden (1973)
1973 Libido Sybil (segment: The Child
1973 Ryan(TV series) Jan Taylor
1972-1973 Over There (TV series) Elizabeth Kirby
1973 Avengers on the Reef Airline Hostess
1973-1974 Certain Women (TV series) Marjorie Fisher
1970-1974 Homicide (TV series) 3 roles
-Margaret Gillespie
Caroline Murray
Prue Flether
1974 Between Wars Deborah Trenbow
1971-1975 Matlock Police (TV series) 4 roles
-Jenny Fletcher
-Bel Harris
Sheila Kelly
Jill Thompson
1970-1975 Division 4 (TV series) 7 roles
-Sandra Morris
-Liz Chandler
-Judy Sutton (as Judith Morris)
-Helen Ford
-Helen Roche
-Evie Morris
-Lynne Clarke
-Kim Baker/Police Officer Kim Baker
1975 Cash and Company (TV series) Mary Fincham
1975 The Great MacArthy (TV series) Miss Russell
1975 Scobie Malone Helga Brand
1976 Luke's Kingdom (TV series) Ellen
1976 The Trespassers (Dee)
1976 Alvin Purple (TV series) Sophie
1976 Master of the World (TV movie) Voice
1976 The Outsiders (TV series) Karen
1977 The Picture Show Man Miss Lockhart
1977 Mama's Gone A-Hunting (TV movie) Tessa Goodman
1977 The Dave Allen Show in Australia (TV series) Various
1978 The Geeks (TV movie) Lee
1978 In Search of Anna Sam
1978 Cass (TV movie) Margo
1979 The Plumber (TV movie) Jill Cowper
1979 Skyways (TV series) Robin Davies
1979 The First Christmas (TV movie) Movie
1980 The Girl Who Met Simone de Beauvoir (film short)
1981 ...Maybe This Time Fran
1982 Spring and Fall (TV series) Anne Lawrence
1983 Phar Lap Bee Davis
1983 Strata Margaret
1984 Razorback Beth Withers
1985 Colour in the Creek (TV series) Ellen Fletcher
1985 Time's Raging (TV movie) Lauren
1985 Best Enemies Patricia
1986 The More Things Change Connie
1986 The Last Frontier (TV movie) Meg Stenning
1987 Going Sane Ainslee Brown
1987 The Last of the Mohicans (TV movie) Voice
1988 The Dirtwater Dynasty (miniseries) Frances Eastwick
1989 Bangkok Hilton (miniseries) Catherine Faulkner
1991 Eggshells (TV series) Kathy Rose
1992 The Other Side of Paradise (TV movie) Miss Sowerby
1993 Crocadoo (TV series) Melba
1984-1994 Mother and Son (TV series) Liz Beare
1996 Twisted (TV series) Veronica
1995-1997 Spellbinder (TV series)
1997 Heartbreak High (TV series) Fiona
1998 Crocodoo II Melba
1999 Ballykissangel (TV series) Laurie Woskett


Year Production Role
1989 Luigi's Ladies Writer
1998 Babe: Pig in the City Written by
2002 Dinotopia (TV series) Writer - 1 episode (The Matriarch)
2006 Happy Feet (film) Written By
2008 Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins Commentary
2009 Legend (film short) Written by
2010 Written by
2011 The Eye of the Storm Screenplay
2011 Happy Feet II Characters - Writer
In Production Chasing Satellites Screenplay

Film DirectorEdit

Year Production Role
1989 Luigi's Ladies Director
2006 Happy Feet Co-Director

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Penguin Suite". Fairfax Digital. 2 December 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d "Judy Morris (1)". IMDB. Retrieved 12 April 2007.[unreliable source?]
  3. ^ "The Chevy Mystery Hour – "Dead Man's Walk"". Retrieved 15 April 2007.
  4. ^ "The Genesis of Libido". Senses of Cinema. Archived from the original on 22 March 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2007.
  5. ^ "News Flash – Libido lives on DVD". Producers and Directors Guild of Victoria. Retrieved 15 April 2007.
  6. ^ "The Best In Australian Film". Archived from the original on 5 March 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2007.
  7. ^ "The Plumber". IMDB. Retrieved 15 April 2007.
  8. ^ "Bangkok Hilton (mini)". IMDB. Retrieved 12 April 2007.[unreliable source?]
  9. ^ "AFI Award Winners 1969–2005" (PDF). Australian Film Institute. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 February 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2007.
  10. ^ 'Annie Awards' List of Award Nominees and Winners Archived 3 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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