Maggie Dence

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Maggie Dence
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Maggie Dence in January 2013
Born (1942-02-01) 1 February 1942 (age 80)
Victoria, Australia
Occupation Television personality
Spouse(s) Graham Rouse

Maggie Dence (born 1 February 1942) is a versatile Australian stage, film and television actress. She is best known on television for her early comedy work and soap opera roles.

Professional career


Dence is well known to Sydney theatre audiences for the very large number of roles she has played, in particular with the Nimrod Theatre Company. She has also appeared in Panto in the UK.


From 1966–1968 she had played various characters in the influential Australian satirical sketch comedy program The Mavis Bramston Show. One of her characters was the title character Mavis Bramston – the joke being that Mavis appeared in only the opening segment of each episode and was not seen again thereafter. She was also a recurring guest in the popular 1980s sitcom Kingswood Country, playing the snobbish Merle Bulpitt.

Her best-known soap opera roles include the sweet Rose Sullivan in The Sullivans between 1976–1978, as evil psychopath and serial killer Bev "The Beast" Baker in Prisoner Cell Block H in 1984, and as school teacher Dorothy Burke in Neighbours in the early 1990s. Dence also had guest roles in A Country Practice, The Flying Doctors, All Saints and Heartbreak High.


In 2005 she appeared in the award-winning Australian film Look Both Ways. In 2008 she appeared in the BBC/Southern Cross soap Out of the Blue.

Television & Film Credits

Years Program Role
2008— Out of the Blue Olive
2008 Chad Chucker Daisy
2006 Small Claims: The Reunion Roma
2005 Look Both Ways Joan
2003 Peter Pan Lady Quiller Couch
1998—2003, 2007 All Saints Lyn Brown,
June Markham,
Maggie Cooper
2003 Danny Deckchair Meredith Butcher
2002 Always Greener Sister. Stern
2000 Stingers Celia Jones
2000 Grass Roots Ellen Leonard
2000 Water Rats Joy Turner
1998 Driven Crazy Granny Rose
1998 Blue Heelers Liz Schulz
1995 Corelli Maureen Barnes
1990—1993 Neighbours Dorothy Burke
1990 More Winners: The Big Wish Lady Mikeevil
1989 Luigi's Ladies Shandra
1981—1989 recurring cast member A Country Practice Jan Hardy,
Courtney Fraser,
Blanche Mitchell,
Victoria Fleming
1988 Edens Lost Producer
1988 Act of Betrayl Dorothy
1988 Cherith
1987 The Perfectionist Rosie Peters
1987 The Flying Doctors Helen Manning
1985 Possession Lady Shannon
1979—1984 Kingswood Country Merle Bulpitt
1984 Prisoner Bev Baker
1983 The Return of Captain Invicible Italian Woman
1981 A Town Like Alice Mrs. O'Connor
1981 The Best of Friends Shop Assistant
1980 Trial by Marriage
1979 Doctor Down-Under Mrs. Peabody
1976 The Sullivans Rose Sullivan
1967—1975 recurring cast member Homicide Anne,
Elaine Flemming
1974 Silent Number Janet Kay
1973 Division 4 Marion Evans
1973 Boney Mrs. Coutts
1972 Nice Day at the Office
1971 Wake in Fright Receptionist
1970 The Link Men Edie Whitman
1968—1969 I've Married a Bachelor
1966—1968 The Mavis Bramston Show Mavis Bramston


Maggie Dence was named (on 29 September) the 2011 recipient of the Equity Awards Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding services to the performing arts – both stage and screen – and her longstanding involvement with the NSW Actors' Benevolent Fund. The award, presented by Foxtel, is from Maggie's peers and members of her union, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance Equity (Performers) Section, which Maggie joined in 1962.

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