The Info List - Helen Morse

Helen Morse (born 24 January 1947) is an English-born Australian actress who has appeared in films, on television and on stage.[1] She won the AFI (AACTA) Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the 1976 film Caddie, and starred in the 1981 miniseries A Town Like Alice. Her other film appearances include Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Agatha (1979), Far East (1982) and The Eye of the Storm (2011).


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Biography[edit] 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
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 her early work with Jim Sharman in the 1960s and 70s – A Taste of Honey, Terror Australis, As You Like It
As You Like It
– Morse has worked in over ninety theatre productions. Morse was married from 1967 until 1976 to Australian actor and director Sandy Harbutt,[3] with whom she starred in Stone. Theatre[edit] Morse has worked with many companies including Melbourne Theatre Company, The Ensemble, The Independent, Nimrod Theatre Company, 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. In 2002 and again in 2008, Morse played the role of Theodora Goodman in Adam Cook's adaptation of Patrick White's The Aunt's Story.[4] Her 2004 performance as Nancy in Bryony Lavery's Frozen for the Melbourne Theatre Company earned her a Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play nomination. Other theatre credits include

Terror Australis A Taste of Honey The Woman in the Window by Alma De Groen Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music Stephanie Abrahams in Duet for One Blanche DuBois
Blanche DuBois
in A Streetcar Named Desire Title role in Hedda Gabler Katherine Mansfield
Katherine Mansfield
in The Rivers of China Barbara in Europe by Michael Gow Carlotta in The Cherry Orchard Ariel in The Tempest Lizzie Morden in Our Country's Good Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible Hannah in Arcadia by Tom Stoppard Away by Michael Gow Good Works by Nick Enright The Twilight Series FED/FEST Death and the Maiden with Sydney Theatre Company The Funniest Man in the World with Keene/Taylor Theatre Projects Kaddish with Keene/Taylor Theatre Projects Sundowner by Kate and David Denborough, 2013 national tour[5] Once in Royal David's City by Michael Gow, 2014 Belvoir Angels in America
Angels in America
by Tony Kushner, 2017 Fortyfivedownstairs[6]


Twelfth Night (1966) as Olivia 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 Prime Minister is Missing (2008) (TV documentary) Narrator The Eye of the Storm (2011) as Lotte The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
(2012, ABC1) as Mother Guttersnipe Downriver (2015) as Mary Barracuda (2016 ABC TV series) as Margot


^ George Tosi, " Helen Morse and Richard Mason", Cinema Papers, August 1982, pp. 311–315. ^ Nan Musgrove "Film role of the year for Helen Morse", The Australian Women's Weekly, 27 August 1975, at Trove (National Library of Australia) ^ Marriage comes before a career Australian Women's Weekly, 12 June 1968, at Trove (National Library of Australia) ^ Bryce Hallett The Aunt's Story Review in The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 August 2002 ^ Sundowner, kage.com.au ^ http://artsreview.com.au/angels-in-america-fortyfivedownstairs/

External links[edit]

Helen Morse on IMDb Helen Morse at AllMovie Helen Morse at the National Film and Sound Archive

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AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role

Monica Maughan (1971) Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
(1972) Judy Morris (1973) Julie Dawson (1974/1995) Helen Morse (1976) Pat Bishop (1977) Angela Punch McGregor (1978) Michele Fawdon (1979) Tracy Mann (1980) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1981) Noni Hazlehurst (1982) Wendy Hughes (1983) Angela Punch McGregor (1984) Noni Hazlehurst (1985) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1986) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1987) Nadine Garner
Nadine Garner
(1988) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1989) Catherine McClements
Catherine McClements
(1990) Sheila Florance
Sheila Florance
(1991) Lisa Harrow (1992) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1993) Toni Collette
Toni Collette
(1994) Jacqueline McKenzie
Jacqueline McKenzie
(1995) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1996) Pamela Rabe
Pamela Rabe
(1997) Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
(1998) Sacha Horler
Sacha Horler
(1999) Pia Miranda
Pia Miranda
(2000) Kerry Armstrong (2001) Maria Theodorakis (2002) Toni Collette
Toni Collette
(2003) Abbie Cornish
Abbie Cornish
(2004) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2005) Emily Barclay
Emily Barclay
(2006) Joan Chen
Joan Chen
(2007) Monic Hendrickx (2008) Frances O'Connor (2009) Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
(2010) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(2011) Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
(2012) Rose Byrne
Rose Byrne
(2013) Sarah Snook
Sarah Snook
(2014) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2015) Odessa Young
Odessa Young
(2016) Emma Booth (2017)

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