Lois June Ramsey (née Dickson; 18 June 1922 – 22 January 2016) also billed as Lois Ramsay, was an Australian actress, best known for her regular roles on television series The Box and Prisoner as two different characters. As a character actress of both drama and comic roles in numerous serials, she often played quirky, eccentric old ladies on television soap operas.

Lois Ramsey
Lois June Dickson

(1922-06-18)18 June 1922
Adelaide, South Australia
Died22 January 2016(2016-01-22) (aged 93)
Years active1954–2012
Spouse(s)Cuthbert Ward Ramsey
ChildrenPenny Ramsey
Stephen Ramsey


The Box and PrisonerEdit

She was a major cast member of the 1970s soap opera The Box as tea lady Mrs. Hopkins, appearing for the entire run of the serial.[1] She also had 2 prominent stints in Prisoner—firstly as dotty social worker Agnes Forster in 1980 in 1985 as an elderly inmate Ettie Parslow, who thought that the Second World War was still going on.

Television and film rolesEdit

She had numerous roles in TV soap opera/serials including Crawford Productions serials Homicide , The Sullivans, Cop Shop, as well as A Country Practice, E Street, Home and Away, and Blue Heelers, Always Greener and All Saints and the films Crackerjack and Boystown[2]

AFI Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role in a Television Drama Series for a performance in the television series Grass Roots.

Stage rolesEdit

Also a stage actress, she was one of the founders of the Flinders Street Revue Company in 1961 and appeared later she appeared in numerous productions with both the Sydney Theatre Company and the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Personal lifeEdit

Born to Bill and Maud Dickson, she married Cuthbert Ward Ramsey on 25 September 1943.[3] They had two children: writer/director Stephen Ramsey and the late actress Penny Ramsey.


Year title role
1962-1963 Consider Your Verdict Marjorie Buxton
1965 The Adventures of the Sea Spray (TV series) 1 episode
1968 The Battlers (TV series) unknown
1969 Riptide (TV series) Anastasia Burns
1970 The Link Man (TV series) Mother
1967, 1968, 1974 Homicide 3 roles Mrs Jones/Mrs Hubble/Ivy Jones
1975 The Box Mre. Hopkins
1976 The Young Doctors Winnie Parsons
1976 The Sullivans Mrs. Patterson
1977 Young Ramsay (TV series) Maisie O'Brian
1974-1977 The Box (TV series) Mrs. Hopkins (197 episodes)
1978 Cop Shop (TV series) Mrs. Bair
1978 The Truckies (TV series) Dora
1981 A Town Like Alice (TV miniseries) Mrs. Driver
1981 Star of the North (TV Movie) Dorcas (as Lois Ramsay)
1983 Return to Eden (TV mini series) Dot
1983 Carsonss Law (TV series) Mrs. Griffin
1984 Undercover Landlady
1984 Oe Night Stand Salvation Army Woman
1980, 1985,1986 Prisoner | Agnes Forster, Ettie Parslow
1987 The Harp in the South (TV mini-series) Mrs. Campion
1987 Poor Mans Orange (TV mini-series) Mrs. Campion,
1988 Rafferty's Rules (TV series) Miss. Mitford
1989 E Street (TV series) Lillian Patchett
1986, 1988, 1990 A Country Practice Irene Sinclair, Pearl Murray, Gladys Carter
1989, 1992, 1993 G.P. (TVseries) Lily Cartwright
1993 Shotgun Wedding (Voice, credited as Lois Ramsay
1994 Mother and Son Butcher (as Lois Ramsay)
1996 River Street Edna Davies
1996 Roses (film short) Dawn
1997 Road to Nhill Carmel
1999 Fresh Air Mrs . Beck
1999 Water Rats (TV series) Shirley Martin
1994, 1999 Blue Heelers Eileen Hart, Nora Sharpe
2000 Above the Law Flo Price
2000 Tulip (film short) Margaret
2000 Home and Away Mrs. Trent
2000 Grass Roots (TV series) Mrs. Robbins (as Lois Ramsay)
2001 My Husband, My Killer (TV movie) Mrs. May Carmichael
2001 Always Greener (TV series) Old Woman
2002 Crackerjack Gwen
1999, 2004 All Saints Thelma Franklin, Norma Blunt
2006 Boytown Gran
2007 Boystown Confidential Gran
2007 Cool White (film short) Grace
2012 Rake (TV series) Dolores


  1. ^ "Out of The Box!". National Film and Sound Archive. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  2. ^ Vale: Lois Ramsey, TV Tonight, 16 January 2016.
  3. ^ "ITEMS FROM EVERYWHERE". The News. Adelaide. 23 September 1943. p. 5. Retrieved 23 January 2016 – via National Library of Australia.

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