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Judith Anne Nunn (AM) (born 1945 in Perth, Western Australia), (also published under the pen name of Judy Bernard-Waite), is an Australian fiction author, former theatre and television actress and radio and television screenwriter. Nunn was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Australia Day Honours for her service to the performing arts as a scriptwriter and actor of stage and screen, and to literature as an author.
Nunn in 2010
Judith Anne Nunn
1945 (age 75–76)
|Other names||Judy Nunn|
Judy Bernard-Waite (pen name)
|The Box (1974–77) |
Sons and Daughters (1984–86)
Home and Away (1988–2000, 03)
|Spouse(s)||Bruce Venables (m. 1988)|
Early stage and TV careerEdit
After many years as a leading stage actress, starting in 1964 her breakout television role was as the scheming bisexual reporter Vicky Stafford in the risque soap opera The Box. Her character became a popular cult figure in the series. Nunn continued in the role for the show's entire 1974–77 run and appeared in the feature film version in 1975. In 1979 she briefly played Joyce Martin in the Australian TV series Prisoner and after that had a lengthy spell as Dr. Irene Fisher in television serial Sons and Daughters from 1984 until 1986.
Home and AwayEdit
Her role as original character Ailsa Stewart in the soap opera Home and Away, from 1988 until the character was killed off in 2000 after decided to leave series to devote more time with novels, is probably Nunn's most famous role. In 2002 she returned in a guest role playing the same character - it transpired this was an hallucination of her former on-screen husband, Alf Stewart, caused by a brain tumour.
Nunn attended Presbyterian Ladies' College, Perth. She married her husband, actor and writer and former New Zealand police officer Bruce Venables, the same week in which she filmed her character Ailsa's marriage to Alf (Ray Meagher) in Home and Away in 1988. Formerly long-time residents of Bondi, New South Wales, Nunn and her husband now reside on the Central Coast, New South Wales. They have a grandchild, Molly Venables.
Nunn is a screenwriter of radio and television and author. She has written scripts for programme's Neighbours and Possession. In the 1980s she decided to turn her hand to prose. The result was two adventure novels for children, Eye in the Storm and Eye in the City, which remain popular in Australia and Europe. Embarking on adult fiction in the early 1990s, Judy's three novels, The Glitter Game, Centre Stage and Araluen, set respectively in the worlds of television, theatre and film, became bestsellers. A specialist in Australian period fiction, other books she has written include Kal, Beneath the Southern Cross, Territory, Pacific, Heritage, Floodtide, Maralinga, Tiger Men in 2011, Elianne in 2013 and Spirits of the Ghan in 2015.
|The Onedin Line||Woman||Season 1, Episode 12 − "Cry of the Blackbird"|
|The Befrienders||Mother||Season 1, Episode 7 − "Lots of Friends in the Big City"|
|Matlock Police||Stella Davis||Episode − "The Prowler"|
|The Box||Vicki Stafford||Seasons 1–6 (206 episodes)|
|The Box||Vicki Stafford||Feature film adaptation of the series|
|Bit Part||Jo||Television film|
|The Newman Shame||Veronica||Television film|
|Skyways||Bessie Langhurst||"The Return of Bessie Langhurst": Parts 1 & 2 (2 episodes)|
|Prisoner||Joyce Martin||Season 1 (9 episodes)|
|Holiday Island||Unknown/unnamed role||Unknown episode(s)|
|A Country Practice||Nancy Brewer||Season 2, Episodes 23 & 24 − "Shootin' Through": Parts 1 & 2 (2 episodes)|
|David Copperfield||(voice)||Animated television film|
|Hostage||Mrs. Lewis||Feature film|
|Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear||(voice)||Animated film|
|Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet||(voice)||Animated film|
|Crime of the Decade||Rolly's Mother||Television film|
|Sons and Daughters||Irene Fisher||Seasons 3–5 (150 episodes)|
|The Pickwick Papers||(voice)||Animated television film|
|Home and Away||Ailsa Stewart (née Hogan)||Seasons 1–13 (main), Seasons 15–16 (recurring) (1313 episodes)|
|2001–02||Beauty and the Beast||Herself||Panel show|
|1997||Surprise Surprise||Herself||Light entertainment show (1 episode)|
|2002||The Best of Aussie Drama||Herself||Documentary|
|2006||It Takes Two||Herself||Music competition show (3 episodes)|
|2012||First Tuesday Book Club||Herself||Panel Show (1 episode)|
|2018||Endless Summer: 30 Years of Home and Away||Herself||Documentary|
|1985||Neighbours||Writer||Season 1 (3 episodes)|
- The Riddle of the Trumpalar (1981, as Judy Bernard-Waite) with Patricia Bernard and Fiona Waite
- Challenge of the Trumpalar (1986, as Judy Bernard-Waite) with Patricia Bernard and Fiona Waite
- Eye in the Storm (1988)
- Eye in the City (1991)
- Northover, Kylie (23 January 2015). "Australia Day honours: Judy Nunn, actress and author, awarded AM". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Judy Nunn theatre credits". AusStage.
- Nunn, Judy (27 November 2004). "Prime time for peeping Toms". The Weekend Australian. p. 21.