Penne Hackforth-Jones

Penne Hackforth-Jones (5 August 1949  17 May 2013)[1] was a United States-born Australian actress and biographer.[2][3][4][5]

Penne Hackforth-Jones
Penelope Beatrix Hackforth-Jones

(1949-08-05)5 August 1949
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Died17 May 2013(2013-05-17) (aged 63)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
OccupationActress, biographer

Early life

Penelope Beatrix Hackforth-Jones[1] was born in August 1949 in Greenwich, Connecticut to Paul and Susan Felicity (née Gullett) Hackforth-Jones[6] and was a granddaughter of Sir Henry Gullett and niece of Jo Gullett, both Australian politicians.[2] She lived with her family in England before relocating to Australia in 1964. After completing her secondary education at St Catherine's School, Toorak in 1966[7] she attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney until graduating in 1968.[8]


In 1969, Hackforth-Jones made her first credited on-screen appearance in the Australian television series Riptide.[9] She later appeared in such Australian television series as Bellbird, Butterfly Island, Homicide, Matlock Police, Division 4, Cop Shop, Tandarra, Cash and Company, Young Ramsay, Punishment, Bellamy, A Country Practice, Mother and Son, Tanamera – Lion of Singapore, Murder Call, All Saints, Chandon Pictures, :30 Seconds and The Doctor Blake Mysteries.[4] She also appeared in Episode 169 of Australian sitcom "Hey Dad..!".

Her feature film roles included Dr. Sort in Alvin Purple (1973), the bridal shop manager in Muriel's Wedding (1994), Mrs Pike in Paradise Road (1997), Cynthia Dodds in Mao's Last Dancer (2009), and Mrs Johnson in The Tree (2010).[4] She was featured in a long-running television advertisement series for Kellogg's Sultana Bran in the 1980s/90s.[10]


Hackforth-Jones was the author of a biography of her great-grandmother, novelist Barbara Baynton, titled Barbara Baynton – Between Two Worlds.[3]


In 1976 Hackforth-Jones won a Penguin and Sammy award for best actress in a series for her role as Jessica Johnson in Tandarra.[11] She was nominated for best actress in a supporting role at the Australian Film Institute Awards in 1990 for her performance in Kokoda Crescent.[12]


Penne Hackforth-Jones died of lung cancer on 17 May 2013, aged 63, in Melbourne.[1][9] She never married, and was survived by her three sisters. The Daily Telegraph featured an article on Hackforth-Jones in its history section on 21 May.


  1. "Penelope Beatrix (Penne) Hackforth-Jones". The Age. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  2. "Social news and gossip". Sunday Herald. Sydney: National Library of Australia. 21 August 1949. p. 9. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  3. "Bringing to life dark tales from literary lady of the bush", The Age, 4 November 2007
  4. Penne Hackforth-Jones on IMDb
  5. "Vale Hackforth-Jones, mainstay of film and TV" Canberra Times
  6. "Susan Felicity (Gullett) Hackforth-Jones". The Age. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  7. "Profiles of St Catherine's Old Girls". St Catherine's School. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  8. Moran, Albert; Keating, Chris (2009). The A to Z of Australian Radio and Television. Scarecrow Press. p. 195. ISBN 978-0-8108-7022-2. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  9. Penne Hackforth-Jones dies at 64 (sic), The Australian, 20 May 2013
  10. "Penne Hackforth-Jones was a familiar face on Australian TV (video) (Australian actress Penne Hackforth-Jones dies aged 64)". ABC News. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  11. "Penne Hackforth-Jones: an actress who needs more than just bright lights". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 26 November 1980. p. 204 Supplement: FREE Your TV magazine. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  12. "Awards for Penne Hackforth-Jones". IMDb. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
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