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Julia Blake
Born1936 (age 84–85)[1]
Bristol, England
Other namesJulie Blake
EducationBristol University
Years active1963–2017, theatre, television and film
Notable work
Prisoner (1981, 1983, 1986)
(m. 1962)

Julia Blake (born 1936)[1] is an English-born Australian actress of theatre, television and film. She is known for her small screen role as Nancy McCormack on the Australian drama series Prisoner (Prisoner: Cell Block H), for which she appeared during the final season in 1986. She appeared in two earlier roles in the series, as Evelyn Randall (1981) and Alice Dodds (1983).

She won the 1989 AFI (AACTA) Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries for Eden's Lost, and the 1990 AFI (AACTA) Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role opposite Max von Sydow in the film Father. She also received AFI nominations for Travelling North (1987), Innocence (2000) and The Boys are Back (2009).

Personal life

Blake was born in Bristol, England, and studied drama at Bristol University.[2] She married the Australian actor, later politician, Terry Norris in England in 1962, and they both moved to Australia, while working in repertory theatre in Yorkshire in 1962 (proquest). She has appeared in roles in theatre since 1963.[3]

In 2018, she and Norris jointly received the Equity Lifetime Achievement Award.[4] Their daughters are the actresses Sarah and Jane Norris.



Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Getting of Wisdom Isabella Shepherd
1978 Patrick Matron Cassidy
1979 One More Minute Mrs. Bailey
1982 Lonely Hearts Pamela
1984 My First Wife Kirstin
1987 Travelling North Frances
1988 Georgia Elizabeth
1990 Father Iya Zetnick
1995 Mushrooms Flo
1996 Hotel de Love Edith Dunne
1999 Passion Queen Alexandra
2000 Innocence Claire
2006 Aquamarine Grandma Maggie
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Heather Hudson
2009 The Boys Are Back Barbara
2010 Matching Jack Cleo
2010 Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Mrs. Underhill
2012 Last Dance Ulah Lippmann
2015 Is This the Real World Gamma
2015 Looking for Grace Nell
2015 A Month of Sundays Sarah
2015 The Dressmaker Irma Almanac
2017 Dance Academy: The Movie Juliet Jones


Year Title Role Notes
1964 The Sponge Room Hilary TV film
1969 Division 4 Stella Palmer "Farewell Little Chicago"
1972–1975 Bellbird Elaine Thomas Main role
1973 Matlock Police Jean Williams "Help"
1973 Division 4 Kerri "Rules of the Game"
1974–75 Division 4 Det. Sgt. Joan Palmer / Beverley Lang "Cleanliness is Next to Godliness", "Unfit to Plead", "The Vickers Way"
1975 Matlock Police April Simpson "Forget Me Not"
1975 Homicide Juliet "Speaking Ill of the Dead"
1978 Against the Wind Cook TV miniseries
1978 Cop Shop Catherine Maynard TV series
1979 Twenty Good Years Eva Goldman TV series
1980 The Last Outlaw Mrs. Scott TV miniseries
1980 Locusts and Wild Honey TV miniseries
1981 Holiday Island Mrs. Simpson "Zack"
1981 Prisoner Evelyn Randall 5 episodes
1982 Women of the Sun Mrs. McPhee "Maydina, the Shadow"
1983 Under Capricorn Milly TV miniseries
1983 Prisoner Alice Dodds 4 episodes
1983 Carson's Law Miss Beasley "Best Laid Plans"
1985 The Dunera Boys Mum "1.1", "1.2"
1986 Sword of Honour Jean Rogers TV miniseries
1986 Prisoner Nancy McCormack 61 episodes
1989 Il Magistrato (The Magistrate) Jean Shaw TV miniseries
1991 Edens Lost Eve TV film
1996 The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years Fee Cleary TV film
1998 A Difficult Woman Mrs. McKenzie TV miniseries
1998 Driven Crazy Miss Baker "Barely There"
1999 SeaChange Tenzin Jetsunma "Manna from Heaven"
2001 Blue Heelers Dorothy Roberts "Strays"
2003 The Forest Margot TV film
2004 All Saints Evelyn Ulrich "A Place in the Heart"
2004 Salem's Lot Eva Prunier "1.1", "1.2"
2006 The Society Murders Margaret Wales-King TV film
2007 The Starter Wife Mrs. Caldecott TV miniseries
2007 City Homicide Hilda Conway "The Return"
2008–2011 Bed of Roses Minna Franklin Main role
2010 Hawke Ellie Hawke TV film
2011 Winners & Losers Gwen Armstrong "Happiness is a Delusion"
2012 Conspiracy 365 Melba Snipe "April"
2013 Mr & Mrs Murder Allegra Scaletta "The Next Best Man"
2013 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Hilly McNaster "Dead Man's Chest"
2015 House Husbands Edith Benson "4.8"

Honours and awards

Association Year Award Work Results
AACTA Awards 1989 AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama Eden's Lost Won
AACTA Awards 1990 AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Father Won
AFI Awards 1987 Travelling North Nominated
AFI Awards 2000 Innocence Nominated
AFI Awards 2009 The Boy's are Back]] Nominated
Equity 2018 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award Honoured


  1. ^ a b "Blake, Julia 1936-". WorldCat.
  2. ^ "Top Shelf: Julia Blake". ABC. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Julia Blake". AusStage.
  4. ^ "Lifetime achievement award for Julia Blake and Terry Norris". If. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2020.

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