Julia Blake

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Julia Blake
Born1936 (age 85–86)[1]
Bristol, England
Other namesJulie Blake
EducationBristol University
Years active1963–present, theatre, television and film
Notable workPrisoner (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[edit]

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 Type
1973 Salome unknown role Film short
1977 The Getting of Wisdom Isabella Shepherd Feature film
1978 Patrick Matron Cassidy Feature film
1978 The Forbidden unknown role Film short
1979 Snapshot aka 'One More Minute' Mrs. Bailey Feature film
1982 Lonely Hearts Pamela Feature film
1983 Man Of Flowers Art Teacher Feature film
1984 My First Wife Kirstin Feature film
1985 An Indecent Obsession Matron Feature film
1986 Cactus Club Speaker Feature film
1987 Travelling North Frances Feature film
1988 Georgia Elizabeth Feature film
1990 Father Iya Zetnick Feature film
1995 Mushrooms Flo Feature film
1996 Hotel de Love Edith Dunne Feature film
1999 Passion Queen Alexandra Feature film
2000 Innocence Claire Feature film
2003 The Forest Margot Film short
2004 Human Touch Anna's Mother Feature film
2005 Three Dollars Tanya's Mother Feature film
2006 Aquamarine Grandma Maggie Feature film
2006 The Barrows Bonnie Film short
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Heather Hudson Feature film US/UK
2009 The Boys Are Back Barbara Feature film AUSTRALIA/UK
2010 Matching Jack Cleo Feature film
2010 Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Mrs. Underhill Feature film
2012 Last Dance Ulah Lippmann Feature film
2015 Is This The Real World Gamma Feature film
2015 Looking for Grace Nell Feature film
2015 A Month of Sundays Sarah Feature film
2015 The Dressmaker Irma Almanac Feature film
2017 Dance Academy: The Movie Juliet Jones Feature film
2020 The Dry Barb Feature film


Year Title Role Type
1963;1964 Consider Your Verdict Guest roles TV series, 1 episodes
1963 The Hot Potato Boys Hong Kong Anna ABC Teleplay
1964 Nude With Violin unknown role TV film
1964 The Sponge Room Hilary ABC Teleplay
1965 The Face At The Clubhouse Door unknown role ABC Teleplay
1969–1975 Division 4 Stella Palmer TV series, 6 episodes "Farewell Little Chicago"
Mother "The Grasshoppers"
Kerri "Rules of the Game"
Det. Sgt. Joan Palmer "Cleanliness is Next to Godliness"
"The Vickers Way"
Beverly Lang "Unfit to Plead"
1972–1975 Bellbird Regular role: Elaine Thomas ABC TV series, 677 episodes
1973–1975 Matlock Police Guest role: Jean Williams TV series, 2 episodes: "Help"
April Simpson "Forget Me Not"
1975 Homicide Juliet TV series, 1 episode: "Speaking Ill of the Dead"
1977 Moynihan Recurring role: Tanya Shaw TV series, 2 episodes
1978 Against the Wind Regular role: Cook TV miniseries, 5 episodes
1978-1981 Cop Shop Guest roles: Catherine Maynard / Elaine Davis / Jessie Benson / Laura Hewitt / Mrs. Parker TV series, 8 episodes
1979 Twenty Good Years Regular role: Eva Goldman ABC TV series, 20 episodes
1980 Celebrity Tattletales Herself & Terry Norris TV series, 3 episodes
1980 The Last Outlaw Recurring role: Mrs. Scott TV miniseries, 4 episodes
1980 Locusts and Wild Honey Regular role: Dr. Fletcher TV series, 3 episodes
1981 Holiday Island Guest role: Mrs. Simpson TV series, 1 episode: "Zack"
1981–1986 Prisoner Evelyn Randall TV series, 70 episodes, Season 3 (guest, 5 episodes)
Alice Dodds Season 5 (guest, 4 episodes)
Nancy McCormack Season 8 (regular, 61 episodes)
1982 Women of the Sun Regular role: Mrs. McPhee SBS TV miniseries, 1 episode: "Maydina, the Shadow"
1983 Under Capricorn Milly TV miniseries, 2 episodes
1983 Carson's Law Miss Beasley / Miss Hilda Deniston TV series, 4 episodes: "Best Laid Plans"
1985 The Dunera Boys Mum TV miniseries, 2 episodes "1.1", "1.2"
1985 Zoo Family Guest role: Mrs. Watson TV series, 1 episode
1985 WINNERS - The Paper Boy Reformed Sinner TV film series, 1 episode
1986 Sword of Honour Jean Rogers TV miniseries, 4 episodes
1986 Travelling North: Original Cast Screen Tests Herself Video
1989 Il Magistrato (The Magistrate) Lead role: Jean Shaw ABC TV miniseries, 6 episodes
1989 Edens Lost Lead role: Eve ABC TV miniseries, 4 episodes
1989 The 1989 A.F.I. Awards Herself - Best Actress Winner 'Edens Lost' ABC TV special
1990 The 1990 A.F.I. Awards Herself - Best Actress Winner 'Father' ABC TV special
1996 The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years Lead role: Fee Cleary TV film US/AUSTRALIA
1998 A Difficult Woman Lead role: Mrs. McKenzie ABC TV miniseries, 4 episodes
1998 Clive Barker's Salome` & The Forbidden (segments: The Forbidden & Salome) Video
1998 Driven Crazy Miss Baker TV series, 1 episode: "Barely There"
1999 SeaChange Guest role: Tenzin Jetsunma ABC TV series, 1 episode: "Manna from Heaven"
2001 Blue Heelers Guest role: Dorothy Roberts TV series, 1 episode: "Strays"
2001 Innocence: Interview with Julia Blake Herself - Actress Video
2004 All Saints Guest role: Evelyn Ulrich TV series, 1 episode: "A Place in the Heart"
2004 From Stage To Screen: Travelling North Herself / Frances Video
2004 Salem's Lot Eva Prunier TV miniseries US, 2 episodes: "1.1", "1.2"
2006 The Society Murders Margaret Wales-King TV film
2007 The Starter Wife Mrs. Caldecott TV miniseries US/AUSTRALIA, 3 episodes
2007 City Homicide Guest role: Hilda Conway TV series, 1 episode "The Return"
2008–2011 Bed of Roses Regular role: Minna Franklin ABC TV series, 26 episodes
2010 Hawke Ellie Hawke TV film
2011 Winners & Losers Guest role: Gwen Armstrong TV series, 1 episode: "Happiness is a Delusion"
2012 Conspiracy 365 Guest role: Melba Snipe TV series, 1 episode: "April"
2013 The Making Of 'Last Dance' Herself Video
2013 Mr & Mrs Murder Guest role: Allegra Scaletta TV series, 1 episode: "The Next Best Man"
2013 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Guest role: Hilly McNaster ABC TV series, 1 episode"Dead Man's Chest"
2015 House Husbands Guest role: Edith Benson TV series, 1 episode: "4.8"
2016 A Sunday Too Far Herself Video

Honours and awards[edit]

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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