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Maggie Dence honoured with 2011 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award

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Maggie Dence

Australian actress Maggie Dence has brought to life some of the country’s most memorable television characters in a career spanning more than four decades, including Rose Sullivan and Mavis Bramston.

It was Maggie’s extensive stage and screen credits, as well as her commitment to the Actors Benevolent Fund, that inspired Australian performers to award Maggie this year’s Equity Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by FOXTEL.

Actors Equity president, Simon Burke said; “Maggie has delighted both audiences and fellow performers over many decades creating unforgettable characters in Australian television series such as Rose Sullivan in The Sullivans, Merle Bulpitt in Kingswood Country, Dorothy Burke in Neighbours, Bev Baker in Prisoner  and the legendary Mavis Bramston in The Mavis Bramston Show.

Maggie’s long-time commitment to the Actors Benevolent Fund – which raises funds for performers who are unable to work due to injury, illness or disability – stands alongside her fantastic career and makes her a more than worthy winner of this year’s Equity Lifetime Achievement Award.”

As well as Prisoner, Mavis Bramston, Kingswood Country and The Sullivans, Maggie Dence has starred in A Country Practice, All Saints, Neighbours, Flying Doctors, Blue Heelers, Stingers, Grass Roots and Out of the Blue.  Maggie has also trod the boards for the Sydney Theatre Company, Q Theatre, Nimrod, Ensemble Theatre, South Australian Theatre Company, The Melbourne Theatre Company, and the Perth Theatre Company. Maggie has also appeared in 1971 Australian film Wake in Fright and AFI award-winning film Look Both Ways.

FOXTEL’s Chief Executive and Managing Director Kim Williams AM said; “FOXTEL is once again the proud sponsor of the 2011 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award and is excited that this year’s recipient is the prolific and talented actress Maggie Dence.  

Maggie has worked across an extraordinarily broad canvas from comedy to drama, from the stage to television, and across to film in the AFI Award-winning Look Both Ways.  Maggie’s many credits include those enduringly popular television series such as Prisoner, Kingswood Country and Blue Heelers - to name but a few. Throughout her career Maggie has entertained and uplifted Australian audiences and, time and time again, has given us a fresh perspective on Australia. Speaking personally she has always been part of my life and I like many others thank her wholeheartedly!”

Maggie will be presented with her award at a ceremony in Sydney in November.

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