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Elspeth Ballantyne

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Other names  Elly Ballantyne.
Role  Actress
Occupation  actress
Parents  Colin Ballantyne
Children  2
Siblings  Jane Ballantyne
Name  Elspeth Ballantyne

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Born  20 April 1939 (age 84) (1939-04-20) Adelaide, South Australia
Spouse  Dennis Miller (m. 1968–1977)
Education  National Institute of Dramatic Art
Movies and TV shows  Prisoner, Bellbird, Selkie, Pugwall, Blue Fin
Similar People  Betty Bobbitt, Sheila Florance, Patsy King, Val Lehman, Colette Mann

Elspeth ballantyne as meg morris in prisoner cell block h don t stop me now

Elspeth Ballantyne (born 20 April 1939), is an Australian actress known in television and film, she is perhaps best known for her soap opera roles as firm but compassionate prison officer Meg Jackson later Meg Morris, through the entire run of the international cult hit soap opera Prisoner, (better known as Prisoner: Cell Block H in the USA and UK), and in Neighbours, as kindly coffee shop owner Cathy Alessi as part of the newly introduced extended Italian "Alessi" family in 1992, which included husband Benito Alessi (George Spartels) and sons Marco Alessi (Felice Arena) and Rick Alessi (Dan Falzon).


Meg Jackson/Morris Interview, 1989


Elspeth was born into a showbiz family in Adelaide, South Australia|Adelaide]],and is the daughter of Colin Sandergrove Ballantyne an Australian actor, playwright and photographer who was head of the South Australian theatre company . Having started her career as a laboratory Technician with the Royal Adelaide Hospital, she then attended the prestigious drama school, the National Institute for Dramatic Arts. She went on to act in the rural soap opera, Bellbird, as librarian Lori Chandler screened on ABC.

Ballantyne subsequently played compassionate prison officer, Meg Jackson in the soap opera, Prisoner. Ballantyne was the only actor to stay with the series for its entire eight-year run. She would later reprise her famous role of Meg in the original stage tour of Prisoner: Cell Block H – The Stage Play, which toured the UK in 1989.

In the early 1990s, she had a stint in Channel Ten soap opera, Neighbours, playing Cathy Alessi. She later appeared in feature films The Caterpillar Wish as Mrs. Woodbridge, and in Moonlight & Magic as a thrift shop owner Desma. In this latter film, she was reunited with former Prisoner co-stars Maxine Klibingaitis and Reylene Pearce. Ballantyne also appeared in the drama short film, Twenty Five Cents (2007), and as the wheelchair-bound matriarch in the short The Last Tupper (2011). She played Maxine in the Boronia movies, Boronia Boys (2009) and Boronia Backpackers (2011) and Paper Giants: Magazine Wars in 2013.

Personal life

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Ballantyne has two children from her marriage to actor Dennis Miller, whom she was married to from 1968-1977. She is the sister of film producer Jane Ballantyne.


  • Boronia Backpackers (2011)
  • Red Hill (2010)
  • Boronia Boys (2009)
  • City Homicide (2008)
  • Moonlight & Magic (2007)
  • Caterpillar Wish (2006)
  • Blue Heelers (2005) Television series
  • Last Man Standing (2005)
  • All Saints (2004) Television series
  • Stingers (2004) Television series
  • The Secret Life of Us (2003) Television series
  • Marshall Law (2002)
  • SeaChange (2002) Television series
  • Selkie (2000)
  • State Coroner
  • One Way Ticket
  • Neighbours (1992–1993) Television series
  • Pugwall (1989) Television series
  • Blowing Hot and Cold (1989)
  • Captain Johnno (1988) Television mini-movie
  • Spit MacPhee (1988) (mini) Television
  • The Flying Doctors (1987–1988) Television series
  • Prisoner (1979–1986) Television series
  • Breakfast in Paris (1982)
  • Ride on Stranger (1979) (TV)
  • Blue Fin (1978)
  • Cop Shop (1978)
  • Bluey (1977) Television series
  • Solo One (1976) Television series
  • Power Without Glory (1976) (mini) Television series
  • Tandarra (1976)
  • Division 4 (1974–1976)
  • Quality of Mercy (1975)
  • Homicide (1964–1974)
  • Matlock Police (1972–1975)
  • End Play (1975)
  • Marion (TV series)|Marion (1974) Television series
  • Ryan Television series (1973)
  • Bellbird (1967) Television series
  • Daphne Laureola (1965) Television series
  • Consider Your Verdict (1963) Television series
  • References

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