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Olivia Hamnett

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Olivia Hamnett
St Helens, Lancashire, England
Died1 November 2001 (aged 58-59)
Melbourne, Australia

Olivia Jane Hamnett (1942/1943 – 2 November 2001)[1] was an English actress known for numerous television roles in Australia, primarily in soap operas and miniseries. including Meg Fulton in The Sullivans (1976), Dr Kate Peterson in Prisoner (1981–82) and Joanna Randall in Return to Eden (1983).


Hamnett was born c. 1942/1943,[2] in St Helens, Lancashire, England. She started her acting career in her native England in theatre, and moved into television roles in the early 1960s, she had numerous guest roles on television programs including Department S and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) in 1969. However she found greater success in Australia in television and film after emigrating there in the 1970s.

Hammett initially had small roles in series such as Bellbird, as well as a number of the Crawford Production staples.

Before being cast in larger roles, where she was probably best known for her performances in cult series Prisoner as Dr. Kate Peterson and The Sullivans as Meg Fulton and also in both the original mini-series and then the regular series of Return to Eden

She also played major roles on such series as Rush, The Power, The Passion, Chances, Pacific Drive, Neighbours and Blue Heelers

Hamnett portrayed Richard Chamberlain's wife in The Last Wave (1977), and played Ricky Schroder's mother in The Earthling (1980).

Personal life

Hamnett was married to actor Peter Regan. Hamnett died in 2001 from a [[brain tumour][citation needed]


Production Year Role
Drama 61-67 (TV series) 1963 Sue
Compact (TV series) 1964 Billie
Taxi! (TV series) 1964 Waitress
World of His Own (TV series) 1964 ?
The Spy with A Cold Nose 1966 (uncredited)
Bellbird (TV series) 1967 ?
Department S (TV series) 1969
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) 1969 Anne Soames
Bachelor Father(TV series) 1971 Vicki
Boney (TV series) 1973 Diana Rockwell
Son of the Bride (TV series) 1973 Angela
New Scotland Yard (TV series) 1973 Rosalind
The Gentlemen of Titipu (TV movie) 1973 Voice
The Comedy Game (TV series) 1973 ?
Matlock Police (TV series) 1974 Roberta Hughes
This Love Affair (TV series) 1974 Nadine Rourke
Out of Love (TV mini-series) 1974 ?
Rush (TV series) 1974 Sarah Lucas
Quality of Mercy (TV series) 1975 Helen
The Last of the Australian's (TV series) 1975 Receptionist
Division 4 (TV series) 1972-1975 3 roles
Homicide (TV series) 1974-1976 4 roles
The Sullivans (TV series) 1976 Meg Fulton
The Last Wave 1977 Annie Burton
Bobby Dazzler (TV series) 1977-1978 Della McDermott
Ripkin (TV movie) 1978 Ruth Clifford
Plunge Into Darkness (TV movie) 1978 Pat Keating
Cop Shop (TV series) 1979 Audrey Mason
The John Sullivan Story (TV movie) 1979 Captain. Meg Fulton
The Earthling 1980 Bettina Daley
Prisoner 1981-1982 Dr. Kate Petersen
Return to Eden (TV mini-series) 1983 Joanna Randall
The Young Wife (TV movie) 1984 Patricia Barwing
Return to Eden (TV series) 1985 Joanna Randall
Tusitala (TV mini-series) 1986 Lady Jersey
Coda (TV series) 1987 Det. Sgt. Turner
The Power, the Passion 1989 Ellen Bryne Edmunds
The Paper Man (TV mini-series) 1990 Irene Hampden
G.P. (TV series) 1990 Dr. Peg Chisholm
A Country Practice 1986/1992 2 roles
Ebbtide 1994 Committal Judge
Law of the Land (TV series) 1994 Blanche Avery
Pacific Drive (TV series) 2roles
The Ripper (TV movie)
Neighbours 1998 Hilary Grant
Joe Wilkinson 1999 Mrs. Wilkenson
Blue Heelers (TV series) 1994/2000 Gwen Burton/Dr. Ellen Burton
The Games (TV series) 2000 Sponsor


  1. ^ "England and Wales births". Genes Reunited. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  2. ^ Daily Mirror, 15 September 1964, p3. The article states that she is "21 years old", suggesting she was most likely born in 1943 but possibly late in 1942.

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