The Equity Foundation is delighted to annouce that Australian performer, advocate and activist Noeline Brown is the recipient of the 2017 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Foxtel.
With a career in the entertainment industry spanning more than 50 years, Noeline has long delighted Australian audiences with her performances on stage, screen, radio and television.
Noeline is also highly regarded in the performer community for her involvement with the Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW, an organisation that provides financial assistance to performers during times of severe hardship.
Equity president Chloe Dallimore said Noeline epitomises what the Equity Lifetime Achievement Award is all about; exceptional talent coupled with a unique commitment to giving back to the industry.
“Noeline’s generosity of spirit is legendary. She is a wonderful mentor to all those fortunate enough to work with her, she has volunteered countless hours to assisting performers in need, she is a proud supporter of Equity and dedicated activist for her local community. As a performer Noeline really has done it all. Her talent as an actor, singer, dancer and comedian is incredibly impressive and something that myself and so many performers continue to watch with awe and envy.” said Dallimore.
Noeline came to national prominence in the 1960s in the title role of groundbreaking TV series The Mavis Bramston Show and later hit sitcom My Name's McGooley, What's Yours?, radio and TV series The Naked Vicar Show and popular quiz show Graham Kennedy's Blankety Blanks.
Noeline joined the management committee of the Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW in 2000, serving as Chairperson from December 2003 until her retirement from the committee in 2013. Since her appointment as Australia’s first Ambassador for Ageing in 2008 Noeline has travelled the nation promoting healthy and active ageing, while maintaining busy touring and performance schedules.
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 and Anne Phelan.
Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s executive director of Television said: “Since its inception, Foxtel has been a proud supporter of Equity’s Lifetime Achievement Award because it is important to honour and acknowledge the outstanding contribution made by artists to our industry. We are thrilled to announce Noeline Brown as this year’s recipient, due to her enduring career on Australian stage and screen”.
Noeline was nominated by Australian performers and chosen by the Equity National Performers Committee. She will be honoured at an awards ceremony in Sydney in November.