The Equity Foundation is thrilled to announce that Julia Blake and Terry Norris are joint recipients of the 2018 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Foxtel.
Julia and Terry were chosen by members of the Australian performer community, who praised their impressive careers, spanning five decades respectively, and their outstanding support of Equity campaigns, particularly the battle for Australian stories on our screens and stages.
Equity President Chloe Dallimore described the husband and wife duo as an incredibly popular choice among voters: “Julia and Terry are deeply respected luminaries in our industry. What shines through most is their unswerving commitment to support others, especially our younger performers. Their tireless lobbying and campaigning efforts means that many of the working conditions we enjoy today are thanks to their hard work. We so look forward to celebrating their careers and contribution to our industry”.
Terry’s remarkable career is synonymous with the Australian television and film industry. He is best remembered for his ongoing roles in Bellbird and Cop Shop but in truth Terry has worked continuously since his early days as a stage actor in English rep (where he met and fell in love with Julia). He detoured from acting to a 10 year term as a member of the Victorian Labour Government, a career which emerged from his union work with Equity. Since returning to acting Terry has appeared in films including Romulus, My Father, Paper Planes, Looking for Grace and The Dressmaker. In 2018 Terry, 88, worked on Romper Stomper, Jack Irish ,Judy & Punch (with Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman) and Mortal Engines (with Hugo Weaving).
Julia Blake has enjoyed a stellar career in Australia as a stage, film and television actress. She trained at the famous Bristol Old Vic and moved from Britain with Terry in the 1960s. Julia has been a staple of the Australian film industry appearing in six Paul Cox movies including Innocence with Terry. She is the winner of nine major awards including two AFI (AACTA) Awards for Eden’s Lost and Father and received nominations for Travelling North, Innocence and The Boys are Back. Television audiences loved her in Prisoner and Bed of Roses. More recently Julia has appeared on stage in The Crucible and in films, Dance Academy, Looking for Grace and The Dressmaker.
Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said: "Foxtel is very proud to support this prestigious accolade and congratulates 2018 inductees Julia and Terry on the Equity Lifetime Achievement Award. The incredible body of work from both of these talented and versatile performers on stage, film and television is an excellent example of our robust and vibrant industry."
Both Julia and Terry are honorary Equity members, who joined their union in 1963.
The Equity Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2009 with the generous support of Foxtel. Past recipients include Peter Carroll, late Bob Hornery, Maggie Dence, Ron Haddrick, Jill Perryman, Kevan Johnston, Toni Lamond AM, Grant Page, Anne Phelan and Noeline Brown.