Anne Phelan


Anne Phelan

Infobox actor


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name = Anne Phelan OAM
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Anne Phelan, OAM (born 2 August 1944 in Australia) is an Australian actress. She has appeared in many famous Australian series and soap operas, including "Prisoner" where she played the role of 'Top Dog' Myra Desmond.

Prior to appearing as the character Myra Desmond in Prisoner, she took the role of a prison officer (Officer Manson), appearing in one episode of the series in 1979. This character had the sole purpose of threatening to resign over the favourable treatment afforded to prisoner Barbara Davidson in episode 17. Later in 1979 she reappeared in the series, this time playing the role of dopey prisoner Bernadette in a number of episodes.

She first appeared on screen as Myra Desmond on a recurring basis between 1980 and 1983; Myra was then reintroduced to the series in early 1984 as a regular character, and continued in the role for a further eighteen months. Anne's passionate and commanding performance on screen would make Myra Desmond one of Prisoner's most memorable and iconic characters. Myra's exit from the show was arguably the most dramatic exit of any character and remains a fan favourite.

Phelan also had on-going roles in soap operas "Bellbird", "Starting Out", "Family and Friends", and "Something in the Air". She has made guest starring appearances in many drama series including "The Flying Doctors" and "Blue Heelers". She was also a regular in "Marshall Law".

She has also made two guest appearances in "Neighbours", the first in 1997, was the character of Claudia Harvey and the second, which was in 2004, was of Doreen "Peace Dove" Cassidy.

In 2007, Anne appeared in episode 6 of The Librarians as a prisoner with the Prisoner theme song.

In 2007 Anne was featured in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. She received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) acknowledging her work as an actor and her tireless charity work. [ [http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21882623-662,00.html "Queen's birthday honours"] - Herald Sun Sunday June 11, 2007]

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