Much-loved actress Penny Cook, best known for dramas including A Country Practice and E Street, has died aged 61.
In a statement released via her management company, Cook’s family said she died of cancer last night.
Cook’s family said their “beloved partner, mother, daughter, sister and dear friend” died peacefully.
“The family wish to express their thanks for all messages of condolence forwarded to them.”
A NIDA trained actor, Cook first appeared in Skyways and The Restless Years in 1979 followed by The Flying Doctors.
But it was as veterinarian Vicky Bowen in A Country Practice that she would make her mark on Australian television from 1981 to 1985, marrying Grant Dodwell’s Dr. Simon Bowen. They remained lifelong friends.
That led to roles as E Street‘s Dr. Elly Fielding from 1989 to 1991, before being replaced by Diane Craig.
Other credits included Neighbours, All Saints, Young Lions, GP, Joh’s Jury, Rake, Dance Academy, Laid and in ABC’s 2017 drama Pulse as Head Nurse Carol. She most recently completed the film The Merger.
She was also a presenter on The Great Outdoors.
Cook also had a long involvement in the theatre both as an actress and director. In 1979 she helped to form the Griffin Theatre Company (Sydney) for which she performed numerous times. She has also appeared for the Sydney Theatre Company, the Queensland Theatre Company, Northside (Marian Street) Theatre Company, and in several national tours including Sir Peter Hall’s production of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, and in the John Bell / Richard Tognetti production of The Solder’s Tale with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.