Vale: Beverley Dunn

Veteran performer best known for The Flying Doctors, Prisoner and Bellbird, has died.

Veteran performer Beverley Dunn, best known for The Flying Doctors, Prisoner, Bellbird and Dogstar has died, aged 88.

She passed away on November 27 after a long illness, having enjoyed a long carer in radio, television, film and theatre.

On Bellbird she played Mary Emerson from 1972 – 77 and on The Flying Doctors she featured as Clare Bryant from 1989 – 91.

But there were numerous guest roles on productions by Crawfords, Grundy and more. She played 4 different characters in Prisoner, including as Kerry Armstrong’s mother, and multiple characters on Homicide, Matlock Police, Division 4, Cop Shop, Carson’s Law plus as Tina Bentley on Neighbours. Other credits included Bluey, The Fast Lane, Bligh, The Magistrate, Fast Forward, Kelly, Cluedo, A Country Practice, Good Guys Bad Guys, The Adventures of Lano & Woodley, Halifax FP, The Micallef Program, Welcher & Welcher, The Tribe, All Saints, Saved, Underbelly, Conspiracy 365 and as the voice of Gran in Dogstar.

Film credits include Shine, Charlie & Boots, The Dish, The Craic, Brilliant Lies, Gross Misconduct, and Ground Zero.

Her stage credits extend from 1952 to 2008, including for Melbourne Theatre Co., Playbox, HIT Productions, Tasmanian Theatre Co., South Australian Theatre Co., St Martin’s, Alexander Theatre, Melbourne Little Theatre and Tin Alley Players. Her one woman, self devised play As We Are has been performed numerous times around Australia.

She featured in hundreds of radio plays and book readings for ABC and BBC and in 1993 received a Green Room Award for A Happy & Holy Occasion.

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  1. I remember Beverley in Matlock Police & Bluey. Her characters were cast in caring and community service roles, and as such she came across as a gentle and compassionate person. Thanks for the memories Beverley, your passing is saddening news. I hope that your example is passed on to successive generations of actresses.

    1. I’m a bit young to be able to remember her as an actress with some of these shows (some I’m just old enough to remember being on) and the face didn’t strike me as immediately familiar. So did a quick search on Audible. The penny dropped. Oh *her*!

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