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Patsy King
Born 15 September 1928 (1928-09-15) (age 92)
Nationality Australian
  • Actress (stage, television, film)
  • television presenter
  • commercial voiceover
Years active Theatre 1951–1990, 2009 (Theatre), TV and Film 1961-1984
Known for Prisoner
Notable work
Bellbird, Play School, Adventure Island

Patsy King (born 15 September 1928) is a retired Australian actress of theatre and television, children's television presenter and commercial voice over. King usually played roles younger than her age as juvenile leads in theatre and television.


Early life

King was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and spent her early years in the United Kingdom. She trained as a Shakespearean actress with the National Theatre.


After appearing in a few made for TV movies in the early-1960s she subsequently started in television serials from the late-1960s, including a prominent role in rural series Bellbird, before taking guest roles in the Crawford Production staples Hunter and Matlock Police, then a part in serial The Box, before going back to Crawford's with roles in Division 4 and then playing in some 14 different character parts in there police prcedural drama Homicide other series in which she featured include Power Without Glory The Sullivans; Chopper Squad; Bluey, Cop Shop, Out of Love;and Good Morning, Mr. Doubleday.

She was also a hostess of children's television programs Play School and Adventure Island. She portrayed Erica Davidson, the governor of the fictional Wentworth Detention Centre, on the cult soap opera Prisoner, (as well as appearing in a spin-off stage play). In 1979 King was an original member of the cast in a role that was originally offered to Googie Withers, who had played the governor in the British prison series Within These Walls. She left in 1983, but returned for guest reappearances in 1984, after which she retired from television.


King has appeared in numerous theatre roles including both modern period pieces since the early 1950s .Her theatre stage credits include Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Blithe Spirit, Absurd Person Singular, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Half a Sixpence and Love for Love. She earned the Erik Award for her portrayal of Agnes in Fourposter, and has also received the Melbourne critics' award. King was a regular theatre performer until retiring in 1990 (although she briefly returned to the theatre in 2009 for a charity production in the stage play, Love Letters)

Selected roles


Source = AusStage

Title Year Playwright Director
Victoria Regina 1951 Laurence Houseman Ray Lawler
Summer and Smoke 1956 Tennessee Wiiliams Wal Cherry
The Miser 1956 Jean-Baptiste Moliere William P. Carr
The Wind of Heaven 1957 Emlyn Williams Malcolm Phillips
Our Town 1957 Thornton Wilder Wal Cherry
The Queen and the Rebels Ugo Betti Wal Chetty
The Matchmaker 1957 Thornton Wilder Wal Cherry
Tonight in Samarkand 1957 Jaquels Deval Wal Cherry
Ring Around The Moon 1957 Jean Alouilh Wal Cherry
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1957 Tennessee Williams Wal Cherry
A View from the Bridge 1957 Arthur Miller Wal Cherry
Peter Pan (pantomime) 1957 J.M. Barrie John Carroll
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll 1958 (tour, 27 performances) 1957-1960 Ray Lawler
See How They Run 1960 Philip King Malcolm Roberts
The Mystery of a Ransom Cab 1961 The Importance of Being Ernest adopted by novel Fergus Hume George Ogilvie
The Importance of Being Ernest 1961 Oscar Wilde Brian Crossley
Romaanoff and Juliet 1961 Sir Peter Ustinoff
Dracula 1962 Bram Stoker Moira Carleton
The Good Ship Walter Raleigh 1963  ? Peter Batey
Richard II 1963 William Shakespeare Raymond Westwell
The Fourposter 1963-1965 (tour, 32) Ray Lawler Ronald Densen
The Happy Invalid 1963 Jean Baptiste-Moliere Wal Cherry
1965 Terence Journet Irene Mitchell
The Cavern 1966 Jean Anoulit Half a Sixpece
Half A Sixpence 1967  ? Fred Hebert
Marching Song 1969 John Whiting Paul Eddey
Love for Love 1969 William Congreve Irene Mitchell
The Slaughter of St. Theresa's Day 1974 Peter Kenna Bruce Kerr
Absurd Person Singular 1976 Alan Aychburne Malcolm Robertson
Innocent Bystanders 1978 Gordon Graham Malcolm Robertson
'A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur 1983 Tennessee Williams Murray Copeland
Farewell Brisbane Ladies Doreen Cklarke Malcolm Robertson
Love wiih the Lights Out 1989 Graham Turner
A Constant Lover 1990 Gaytana Adorna Patsy King
An Office Romance 1990 John Price
Love Letters 2009


Award Role
Erik Award Fourposter as Agnes (Theatre role)
Melbourne Critics Award


Year Title Role
1961 The Rivals Unknown
1962 Suspect Janet
1964 Wind from the Icy Country Ella
1965 A Time to Speak
1965 Photo Finish
1967 Bellbird Kate Andrews
1967 Adventure Island Miss Behaviour
1968 Hunter Jean Gallagher
1969 Good Morning, Mr Doubleday Bridget O'Connor
1969 Dynasty Kathy Mason
1970 The Long Arm Naomi
1972 The Journey
1974 This Love Affair
1971–1974 Matlock Police 3 roles
Jan Ross
1974 The Box Gloria
1974 Out of Love (It Will Never Work part 2)
1965–1975 Homicide 14 Roles
- Joy Nelson
- Betty Nyborg
- Carol Long
- Joan Preston
- Mary Hamilton
- Sybil Cochrane
- Pat Palmer
- Janet Smith
- Policewomen Burke
- Kate Loder
- Shirley Wallace
- Trin Turner
- Helen Taylor
- Sarah Adams
1970–1975 Division 4 5 roles
- Valerie Fisher
- Marion Dalton
- Carol Foster
- Susan Hill
- Mrs. Carr
1976 The Sullivans Beryl Fletcher
1976 Power Without Glory Vera McGuire
1977 Bluey Tina Golding
1977 Hotel Story
1978 Cop Shop 2 roles
- Sarah Fitzsimmons
- Julie Gibbons
1978 Chopper Squad Iris Deacon
1979–1983 Prisoner Erica Davidson
1981 Prisoner in Concert Erica Davidson
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