Veteran actors Terry Norris & Julia Blake last night received the 2018 Australian Equity Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Foxtel at a gala ceremony at the Fairfax Studio in Melbourne.
Nominated by performers the honour is not only for what they have achieved during their career, but for someone who has demonstrated great leadership, mentoring and inspiration to their colleagues.
The husband and wife team, who met in their ’20s in England, have a wealth of screen credits amongst them including Jack Irish, Power Without Glory, Blue Heelers, Changi, Stingers, Something in the Air, City Homicide, Killing Time, Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries, The Society Murders, Hawke, The Damnation of Harvey McHugh, Ryan, Consider Your Verdict, Hunter, The Last of the Australians, Bed of Roses, Winners & Losers, The Starter Wife, Salem’s Lot, House Husbands, Mr & Mrs Murder, All Saints, SeaChange, A Difficult Woman, Eden’s Lost, Prisoner, The Dunera Boys, The Last Outlaw, Against the Wind, and films including Stork, Road to Nhill, Paper Planes, An Indecent Obsession, The Getting of Wisdom and The Dressmaker.
Earlier this year Norris told TV Tonight, “We met in York, a lovely city, we were both in a company there. We got married between a matinee & evening performance of the show we were doing.
“A lot of performers you worked with in those days spent their entire lives in ‘rep’ and I didn’t want to finish up in a bloody bed sitting-room somewhere, down on my bean end, never going to get any further. We wanted to have a family so I persuaded Julia to come back to my hometown.”
It’s celebrations all well for the pair with son-in-law director Robert Connolly to be honoured at the Screen Music Awards in Sydney on Monday.
Meanwhile it’s onwards and upwards for Noris with Bloom to air in January and two upcoming films, Mortal Engines and Judy & Punch.
“I must be one of the oldest actors still working,” he said.
“I call myself a ‘jobbing actor.’ I’ll do a reasonably professional job, and I’ve been lucky enough to make a living from it.”