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Helen Morse

Helen Morse
Born (1947-01-24) 24 January 1947 (age 67)
Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1965–present
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Helen Morse (born 24 January 1947) is an Australian actress who has appeared in films, on television, and on stage.[1]


Morse was born in Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, England. She was the oldest of four children; her parents were a doctor and nurse.[2] She attended school at Presbyterian Ladies' College, in Burwood, Victoria, and trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and with Brian Syron in Sydney.

Morse won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the 1976 film Caddie. Her notable screen performances also include roles in the film Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) and the television miniseries A Town Like Alice. Since early work with Jim Sharman in the 1960's/70's - A Taste of Honey, Terror Australis, As You Like It - Helen has worked in over ninety theatre productions.

Morse was married to Australian actor/director Sandy Harbutt,[3] (1967-1976) with whom she starred in Stone.


Morse has worked with many companies including Melbourne Theatre Company, The Ensemble, The Independent, Nimrod, Marian Street, Sydney Theatre Company, Hunter Valley Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Harvest Theatre Company (South Australia) and the State Theatre Company of South Australia.

Her most recent award-winning roles in theatre include Theodora Goodman in Patrick White's The Aunt's Story[4] and Nancy in Bryony Lavery's Frozen for the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Other theatre credits include

  • You Can't See Round Corners (1967) (TV series)
  • Contrabandits (1967) ... as Angela Carrol
  • Homicide (1967–1972) (TV series) (three episodes)
  • Riptide (1969) ... as Joanna Decker
  • The Legend of Robin Hood (1971) (TV animation) (voice: Maid Marian)
  • Spyforce (1971) (TV series - two episodes) ... as Joan
  • The Kenneth Connor Show (1972) ... various roles
  • Marco Polo (1972) (TV animation) (voice)
  • Crisis (1972) (TV)
  • Barrier Reef (1972) (TV) ... as Joan Norris
  • Matlock Police (1972) (TV) ... as Susan Williams
  • Marion (1974) (TV series) ... as Marion Richards
  • Division 4 (1969–1974) (TV series) (six episodes)
  • Ryan (1973–1974) (TV series - two episodes)
  • Stone (1974) ... as Amanda ... (also Costume Designer)
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) ... as Mlle de Poitiers
  • Luke's Kingdom (1976) (TV series) ... as Kate
  • Caddie (1976) ... as Caddie Marsh
  • Agatha (1979) ... as Evelyn Crawley
  • A Town Like Alice (1981) (TV series) ... as Jean Paget
  • Far East (1982) ... as Jo Reeves
  • Silent Reach (1983) (TV series) ... as Antonia Russell
  • Out of Time (1984) (Television feature) ... as Iris/Sammie
  • Pozières (2000)
  • Lost (2000) ... as Mrs Harris
  • The Eye of the Storm (2011) ... as Lotte


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Helen Morse at Allmovie
  • Helen Morse at the National Film and Sound Archive

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