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Neighbourhood > Actor Profiles > Lorraine Bayly

Lorraine Bayly
Played: Faye Hudson
Appeared: 1991-1992

Born 16 January 1937, in Narranda, New South Wales, Lorraine Baylyís career in show business began when she was just a child, when she would regularly play the piano as part of radio shows, and had her own ventriloquist act. In 1958, she became one of the founding members of the Ensemble Theatre Company in Sydney, where she has remained ever since, taking part in numerous productions including Fairytales Of New York, The Rehearsal and An Enemy Of The People.

She later broke into television, where her roles have included 12 years as a presenter on Playschool as well as roles in several other childrenís television series. Guest roles in drama series including Homicide and Division 4 followed, but her biggest break came in 1976, when she was cast in the lead role of Grace Sullivan in Channel Nineís The Sullivans, a part she played for over two years. In 1983, she was again cast in the lead of a drama series, thought to have been created specifically as a vehicle for her, this time as Jennifer Carson, in period legal drama Carsonís Law.

When that series ended after two years, she went on to appear in two acclaimed mini-series, The Challenge and Grim Pickings. In 1991, Lorraine joined the cast of Neighbours in the role of flighty Faye Hudson. Initially a guest role, Lorraine joined the cast permanently for the first few months of 1992, before being written out.

As well as theatre and television credits, Lorraine has also appeared in several films, including the part of Mrs Ellison in 1975ís Ride A Wild Pony, Maggie in 1980ís Fatty Finn and Rosemary in 1982ís The Man From Snowy River, as well as hosting her own show on 3MP Radio in Melbourne.

During her long acting career, Lorraine was the recipient of three Logie Awards, including the Silver Logie for Most Popular Australian Lead Actress in 1978 and 1979 (for The Sullivans), two Sammy Awards (again for The Sullivans) a third Logie and a Penguin Award (for Carsonís Law) and the Lionís Club Entertainer of the Year Award in 1983. She was also nominated in 1981 for an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress for her work in Fatty Finn and, in 2001, her work saw her rewarded with a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honourís List.

Following a successful run of the play Birthrights at the Sydney Opera House, Lorraine officially retired from acting on 2nd August 2003.

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