Robyn Nevin

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Robyn Nevin
Born(1942-09-25) 25 September 1942 (age 72)
Melbourne, Australia
Years active1962 – current
Spouse(s)Jim McNeil (divorced)
Partner(s)Nicholas Hammond (current)
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Robyn Nevin
Born(1942-09-25) 25 September 1942 (age 72)
Melbourne, Australia
Years active1962 – current
Spouse(s)Jim McNeil (divorced)
Partner(s)Nicholas Hammond (current)

Robyn Anne Nevin AM (25 September 1942), is an Australian actress, director and former head of the Sydney Theatre Company.[1]


Early life[edit]

Robyn Nevin was born 25 September 1942, in Melbourne, to William George Nevin and Josephine Pauline Casey. She was educated at Genazzano Convent until the age of 11, when she moved with her family moved to Hobart, Tasmania, and was enrolled at the The Fahan School, a non-denominational school for girls'.[2] While there, she played the lead in the school's production of Snow White at the Theatre Royal. Her parents were conservative and conventional, her father the managing director of Dunlop Australia, her mother a housewife, so to enter the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) at the age of 16 in the very first intake in 1959 was a brave step, in which she was fully supported by her parents.[1]

Professional life[edit]

At the outset of her career, she had a variety of roles in radio and television, working mainly at the Australian Broadcasting Commission, including current affairs, music, chat shows and children's shows throughout the early 1960s. With the Old Tote Theatre Company she acted in The Legend of King O'Malley by Bob Ellis and Michael Boddy in 1970. She gravitated back to theatre, where she has been a constant presence for the last 40 years.

Although theatre has been her home ground she has also been a reliable talent in Australian films and mini-series, landing many credits for strong supporting roles. She made one foray into directing in the little-noticed The More Things Change... (1986).

In 1996 she became Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company, a position which she held with varying levels of success until 1999, when she took over the position of Artistic Director of the Sydney Theatre Company, where she was Artistic Director until the end of 2007.[3]

Awards and Honours[edit]

Nominated for several awards, Nevin has thrice won the Sydney Critics' Circle Award for her theatre work.

In 1981 she won the TV Logie award in the 'Best Lead Actress in a Single Drama or Mini Series' Category for her role as Shasta in Water Under The Bridge on the Ten Network. She had already won Logies as 'Most Popular Female'[4][5] in Tasmania in 1965 and 1967 during her stint at the ABC.

On 8 June 1981, she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the performing arts.

In 1999 she was awarded an honorary doctorate[6] from the University of Tasmania.

On 21 January 2004 she gave the Australia Day Address.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Nevin has been married twice, most notably to 'prison playwright' Jim McNeil. She currently lives with her partner, the US-born actor and screenwriter Nicholas Hammond. They met when they starred in Alan Ayckbourn's Woman in Mind at the STC in 1987. She has a daughter Emily Russell who is also an actor, also an 18 year old grandson Sam Dawe.


List of film and television credits
1952Tread Softly
1962Consider Your VerdictJudith HarperTV series
1973LibidoSister Caroline
1973President Wilson in ParisMrs Wilson
1973One Man in the CompanyMiss Healey1 episode: 'Let Women Go Free'
1974Matlock PoliceSue Palmer1 episode: 'Dancing Class'
1974RyanSusan Davis1 episode: 'Negative Proof'
1975Ben Hall
1976Fourth Wish, TheThe Fourth WishConnie
1976CaddieBlack Eye
1978Father, Dear Father in AustraliaMrs. Webster1 episode: 'Novel Exercise'
1978Temperament Unsuited
1978Irishman, TheThe IrishmanJenny Doolan
1978Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, TheThe Chant of Jimmie BlacksmithMrs. McCready
1979Letting Go
1980Water Under the BridgeShastaTV film
1980Toast to Melba, AA Toast to MelbaTV film
1980–1982Spring & FallAnne/Mary2 episodes
1982Fighting BackMary
1983Dismissal, TheThe DismissalLady KerrTV mini-series
1983Goodbye ParadiseKate
1983Careful, He Might Hear YouLila
1984ConferencevilleTV film
1984For Love or MoneyTV film
1984Coolangatta Gold, TheThe Coolangatta GoldRobyn Lukas
1985HanlonTV series
1986The More Things Change...Director
1988Emerald CityKate Rogers
1990Ham Funeral, TheThe Ham FuneralTV film
1990Shadows of the HeartMrs. HanlonTV mini-series
1993Seven Deadly SinsSlothTV mini-series
1994Halifax f.p: The FeedingAngela HalifaxTV film
1994Lucky BreakAnne-Marie LePine
1995Angel BabyDr. Norberg
1996Halifax f.p: Cradle and AllAngela HalifaxTV film
1997Castle, TheThe CastleFederal Court Judge
1998Halifax f.p: A Murder of CrowsAngela HalifaxTV film
2003Matrix Reloaded, TheThe Matrix ReloadedCouncillor Dillard
2003Enter the MatrixCouncillor Dillard (voice)Video game
2003Bad EggsEleanor Poulgrain
2003Matrix Revolutions, TheThe Matrix RevolutionsCouncillor Dillard
2011Eye of the Storm, TheThe Eye of the StormLal
2013Top of the LakeJudeMiniseries
2013The Turning
2013–14Upper Middle BoganMargaret DenyarMain role
2014The Broken ShoreTV film
2016Gods of EgyptFilming


  1. ^ a b "Robyn Nevin: she who must be obeyed". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 February 2006. 
  2. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "NEVIN Robyn". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  3. ^ "Sydney Theatre Company". Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "1962–1965 Logie Awards". Australian Television. 30 October 1998. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "1966–1969 Logie Awards". Australian Television. 30 October 1998. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Home – Events & Protocol – University of Tasmania, Australia". 4 May 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "What's On". Australia Day. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 

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