Marta Dusseldorp remembers Judi Farr

Veteran actress is praised for performing on screen in pain from a debilitating diagnosis.

Marta Dusseldorp has remembered veteran actress, the late Judi Farr, as a brave performer after continuing to perform in A Place to Call Home following her diagnosis with Bell’s Palsy.

The affliction causes paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of the face, but Farr, who played Aunt Peg in the Foxtel drama continued to work.

“It started happening when she was on set,” Dusseldorp recalls.

“She went into Chris’s (Martin-Jones producer) office and said, ‘I guess this means I won’t be in it.’ Chris said, ‘Don’t be ridiculous. If you’re happy to be then, of course, you’re welcome. Let’s do it!’

“I remember working with her, and she was in quite a bit of pain that day.”

Farr featured in three seasons of A Place to Call Home until 2015.

“So I’m happy that she had so many great years after that, because it was pretty dire diagnosis at the time, I remember.

In 2021 Farr told TV Tonight it was stage was the discipline she enjoyed most.

“It’s mainly theatre that I have enjoyed. Death of a Salesman, 84 Charring Cross Road, Women of Troy, but nothing in television has filled me with great memories.”

Dusseldorp adds, “She was a theatre stalwart. A triumphant actress on the stage.”

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