Wendy Playfair (born 28 August 1926) is an Australian radio, television and film actress, best known for her role as the Barbara Cartland-style elderly Minnie Donovan in the television series Prisoner, complete with pink outfits and prissy classy accent in 1983 and 1984, and guest roles as Audrey Long and Evelyn Grey in Home and Away in 2005 and 2009.
Playfair was born in Woollahra, New South Wales to Edmund Strathmore Creer (Strath) Playfair (1894–1965) and Kathleen Ryrie (Babs) née Campbell (1899–1989). She was the third of four sisters. Eve and Judy were born before her and Susan (now Lady Atwill) was born after her. The Playfair family were well-to-do, socially prominent and in the meat trade. She was educated at Ascham School in Edgecliff, New South Wales and married James Williams at All Saints Woollahra Anglican Church in 6 July, 1951.
In radio she worked for the ABC and consistently in morning serials for Grace Gibson, as well as in many radio plays. Playfair received a Macquarie Award. Playfair has been a staple on the small screen since 1962, in series such as Homicide, Hunter, The Young Doctors, Return to Eden, A Country Practice (three roles) and All Saints (two roles). Her film credits include "Ride a Wild Pony", the only Walt Disney film ever produced in Australia. Playfair's most recent television appearance was in Packed to the Rafters in 2013.
|1962||Funnel Web (TV movie)|
|1967-1968||Homicide (TV series)||Jennifer Chandler - Ann Radford|
|1968||Hunter (TV series)||Mrs. West|
|1971||Three to Go||Mother (Segment: Judy)|
|1973||Matlock Police (TV series)||Ethel Parker|
|1974||The Evil Touch|
|1974||Things That Go Bump in the Night (TV series)||Audrey|
|1975||Ride a Wild Pony||Mrs. Quayle|
|1977||Say You Want Me (TV movie)|
|1978||Bit Part (TV movie)||Emma|
|1978||Shimmering Light (TV movie)||Gwen Stuart|
|1978||Father, Dear Father in Australia (TV series)||Mrs. Trown|
|1979||Glenview High (TV series)|
|1980||The Young Doctors (TV series)||Mrs Steele|
|1981||Bellamy (TV series)||Milly|
|1983-1984||Prisoner (TV series)||Minnie Donovan|
|1986||Return to Eden (TV series)||Rena MCMaster|
|1982-1992||A Country Practice||Gwen Bowman - Val Jackson - Lillian Palmer|
|1993||Terra Nullius (film short)|
|1994||Cody: Bad Love (TV movie)||Mrs. Unwin|
|1997||Big Sky (TV series)||Mrs. Toohey|
|2002||Don't Blame the Koalas (TV series)||Mrs. Smythe|
|2000-2003||All Saints (TV series)||Hannah "Bubba" Rosen - Gloria Mayberry|
|2005-2009||Home and Away (TV series)||Mrs Grey - Audrey Long|
|2009||Accidents Happen||Mrs. Smolensky|
|2010||The Tree||Aunt Harriet|
|2010||Spirited (TV series)||Geisella McKenzie|
|2010||Rake (TV series)||Elspeth|
|2011||Laid (TV series)||Old Lady|
|2013||Packed to the Rafters (TV series)||Moira Beckett|
- "Family Notices". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 August 1926. p. 10. Retrieved 27 June 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
- Prisoner Character List Retrieved 27 June 2014.
- Back to the bay Retrieved 27 June 2014.
- Playfair Family Retrieved 27 June 2014.
- "MANY FAMILY PARTIES YESTERDAY". The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 December 1940. p. 2. Retrieved 27 June 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Sydney's Talking About—". The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 December 1946. p. 8. Retrieved 27 June 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Playfair estate to family". The Canberra Times. 26 October 1966. p. 13. Retrieved 27 June 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
- Simpson, Caroline Fairfax; Dupree, Annette Fielding-Jones; Ferguson, Betty Winn (1986), Ascham remembered, 1886-1986, Fine Arts Press, ISBN 978-0-86917-013-7
- "They're Set Their Wedding Dates". The Sunday Herald. Sydney. 27 May 1951. p. 18. Retrieved 27 June 2014 – via National Library of Australia.