Vale: Joyce Jacobs
Beloved veteran performer Joyce Jacobs, best known as Esme on A Country Practice, has died, aged 91.
Jacobs was born in Surrey, England. Her acting career began after she moved to Australia in 1962 and joined an amateur group.
Her popularity grew when she landed recurring soap opera roles as Mrs Carson in Number 96 and Muriel Palmer in The Young Doctors.
But after appearing in the pilot of A Country Practice, Esme ended up as one of the show’s longest-serving characters.
Jacobs remained with A Country Practice until its run on Seven ended in 1993. She reprised her role during the show’s short-lived revival on TEN in 1994 and later reunited with Georgie Parker on All Saints in 1998 and 2000.
In 2012 former Country Practice cast reunited to help Jacobs celebrate her 90th birthday on Today Tonight.
In a Woman’s Day interview in 2012 Jacobs revealed she had Parkinson’s Disease for 10 years, and since retiring her husband Ian Hutchinson had passed away and she resided in a rest home facility.
“It amazes me that my character became so popular,” she once said.