Jeanie Drynan

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Jeanie Drynan
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Antony Bowman[1]

Jeanie Drynan is an Australian film and television actress well known for her roles in the Australian television series Class of '74 and in the 1994 film Muriel's Wedding. She is best known to international viewers for her role of solicitor, Angela Jeffries in the cult classic, Prisoner Cell Block H.

Early life

Drynan studied acting at Edinburgh College of Speech and Drama in Scotland, UK. She later trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Australia.


Drynan has twice been nominated for Australian Film Institute Awards; Best Supporting actress in 1994 for her role in Muriel's Wedding and in 1999 for the Best Actress Award for her role in Soft Fruit.[2][3]


Year Film Role Notes
1966 They're a Weird Mob Betty Feature movie
1968 Riptide Television series
1969 2000 Weeks Jacky Lewis
1969 Pastures of the Blue Crane Ryl Mereweather mini-series'
1969 The Intruders Meg Movie based on the tv series "Skippy the bush kangaroo"'
1976 Class of '74 Mary Dunstan Television series
1976 Don's Party Kath Henderson Feature movie
1977 The Picture Show Man Feature movie
1977 Money Movers Dawn Jackson Feature movie
1978 Chopper Squad Television series
1979 Prisoner Angela Jeffries Television series
1985 Winners – Quest Beyond Time Television series
1989 Cappuccino Actor and Associate producer[4]
1994 Muriel's Wedding Betty Heslop Feature movie
1999 Paperback Hero Suzie
1999 Soft Fruit[5] Patsy Haft
2002 Dossa and Joe Vanessa Television series[6]
2010 Bedroom Farce[7] Delia Theatre
2010 Rake Television series - guest role
2012 Biddies Theatre


  1. "Bio". Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  2. "1994 AFI Awards". Australian Television. 1998-10-30. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  3. " - The Sydney Morning Herald". Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  4. "Jeanie Drynan Biography ((?)-)". Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  5. "Urban Cinefile DRYNAN, JEANIE; SOFT FRUIT". 1999-06-23. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  7. "Bedroom Farce - theatre interview from". The Blurb. 2010-06-27. Retrieved 2011-11-25.