Judith Anne Nunn[1] (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.[2]

Judy Nunn

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Nunn in 2010
Born
Judith Anne Nunn

(1945-04-13) 13 April 1945 (age 77)
Other namesJudy Nunn
Judy Bernard-Waite (pen name)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • author
  • radio and television screenwriter
Notable workThe Box (1974–77)
Sons and Daughters (1984–86)
Home and Away (1988–2000, 03)
SpouseBruce Venables (m. 1988)
Websitehttp://JudyNunn.com.au

Acting careerEdit

Early stage and TV careerEdit

After many years as a leading stage actress, starting in 1964[3] 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 deciding to leave the 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.

Personal lifeEdit

Nunn attended Presbyterian Ladies' College, Perth. She married her husband, actor and writer and former Tasmanian & Royal Hong Kong 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.

Literary careerEdit

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.

FILM

Acting
Year Title Role Type
1975 The Box Vicki Stafford Feature film
1983 Hostage: The Christine Meresch Story Mrs. Lewis Feature film

TELEVISION

Acting
Year Title Role Type
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Z Cars unknown role TV series UK, 1 episode
1971
The Onedin Line Woman TV series UK, Season 1, Episode 12 − "Cry of the Blackbird"
1972
The Befrienders Mother TV series UK, Season 1, Episode 7 − "Lots of Friends in the Big City"
1974
Matlock Police Stella Davis Episode − "The Prowler"
1974–1977
The Box Vicki Stafford Seasons 1–6 (206 episodes)
1978
Bit Part Jo ABC TV movie
1978
The Newman Shame Veronica TV movie
1979
Skyways Bessie Langhurst TV series, "The Return of Bessie Langhurst": Parts 1 & 2 (2 episodes)
1979
Prisoner Joyce Martin TV series, Season 1 (9 episodes)
1981
Holiday Island unknown role TV series, Unknown episode(s)
1982
A Country Practice Nancy Brewer TV series, Season 2, Episodes 23 & 24 − "Shootin' Through": Parts 1 & 2 (2 episodes)
1983
David Copperfield (voice) Animated TV film
1983
Hostage Mrs. Lewis Feature film
1983
Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear (voice) Animated film
1983
Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet (voice) Animated film
1983
Outbreak Of Hostilities Edna Starling TV movie
1984
Crime of the Decade Rolly's Mother TV movie
1984–1986
Sons and Daughters Irene Fisher Seasons 3–5 (150 episodes)
1985
The Pickwick Papers (voice) Animated TV film
1988–2000, 2002–03
Home and Away Ailsa Stewart (née Hogan) Seasons 1–13 (main), Seasons 15–16 (recurring) (1313 episodes)
Self appearances
Year Title Role Notes
1995
Good Morning Australia Herself & Bruce Venables TV series, 1 episode
1996
Midday With Kerri-Anne Herself & Bruce Venables TV series, 1 episode
1996
Monday To Friday Herself & Bruce Venables TV series, 1 episode
1996
Burke's Backyard Herself & Bruce Venables TV series, 1 episode
1996
Good Morning Australia Herself TV series, 1 episode
1997
Surprise Surprise Herself Light entertainment show UK (1 episode)
1998
E News Herself TV series, 1 episode
1999
Denise Herself TV series, 1 episode
2000
The Morning Show Herself TV series, 1 episode
2001–2002
Beauty and the Beast Herself Panel show
2001
Ground Zero Herself TV series, 1 episode
2002
This Is Your Life? Judy Nunn Herself TV series, 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)
2014;2015
The Daily Edition Herself TV series, 1 episode
2015
Studio 10 Herself & Lois Ramsay TV series, 1 episode
2015;2021
A Current Affair Herself TV series
2015
The Daily Edition Herself TV series
2018
Endless Summer: 30 Years of Home and Away Herself Video Documentary
2018
News Breakfast Herself ABC TV series, 1 episode
2018
Weekend Sunrise Herself TV series, 1 episode
2020
7.30 Herself & Bruce Venables ABC TV series, 1 episode
2021
A Current Affair Herself & Bruce Venables TV series, 1 episode
2021
Today Extra Herself TV series, 1 episode
Additional credits
Year Title As Notes
1985
Neighbours Writer Season 1 (3 episodes)

BibliographyEdit

Children’s fictionEdit

  • 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)

Adult fictionEdit

  • The Glitter Game (1991)
  • Center Stage (1994)
  • Araluen (1994)
  • Kal (1996)
  • Beneath the Southern Cross (1999)
  • Territory (2002)
  • Pacific (2004)
  • Heritage (2005)
  • Floodtide (2008)
  • Maralinga (2009)
  • Tiger Men (2011)
  • Elianne (2013)
  • Spirits of the Ghan (2015)
  • Sanctuary (2017)
  • Khaki Town (2019)
  • Show Time (2021)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Home". itsanhonour.gov.au.
  2. ^ Northover, Kylie (23 January 2015). "Australia Day honours: Judy Nunn, actress and author, awarded AM". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  3. ^ "Judy Nunn theatre credits". AusStage.

SourcesEdit

  • Nunn, Judy (27 November 2004). "Prime time for peeping Toms". The Weekend Australian. p. 21.

External linksEdit