Margo McLennan

Margo McLennan (8 February 1938 – 28 July 2004) born as Eileen Marguerite McMenemy, was a British actress, singer and dancer known for her role in the Australian soap opera Prisoner. Born in Peckham, London, she originally trained to be an ice skater before becoming an actress.

Margo McLennan
Eileen Marguerite McMenemy

(1938-02-08)8 February 1938
Died28 July 2004(2004-07-28) (aged 66)
Colgate, Sussex, England, UK
Other namesMargo Mayne
Margo Lady McLennan
Years active1957-2003
Tony Doonan
(m. 1962; div. 1969)

Rod McLennan
(m. 1974; her death 2004)


She was married to fellow actor Tony Doonan from 1962 until their divorce in 1969. They had one child, Nicola, from that union.[1] She changed her name to Margo Mayne in the 1960s and appeared in several British TV series including Night Train To Surbiton and Ransom For A Pretty Girl before moving to Australia. She went on to play a succession of glamorous characters in shows such as The Gentle Killers, Motive for Murder and Man from Interpol. Her film career included roles in Spaceflight IC-1 (1965) and Love Is a Splendid Illusion (1970).

Margo's first appearance on Prisoner was in 1979 as Catherine Roberts, sent to prison for killing her daughter's rapist. During the 1980s she returned to the show for three episodes as Officer Parsons.

In later life, she was an advocate for gay marriage. Upon learning she had cancer, she returned to Britain with her second husband, Rod McLennan.[1]

McLennan's final acting role was in Prisoner Queen (2003), playing Mrs. Gelding. She died in West Sussex, Britain from the metastasised cancer, aged 66.[1][2]


  1. Thornton, Michael (4 August 2004). "Margo McLennan". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2009.
  2. "Prisoner Cell Block H star dies". BBC. 2 August 2004. Retrieved 22 May 2009.
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