Diana McLean

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Diana McLean
Born5 December 1941
OccupationActress. voice artist
Years active1969-present
Known forThe Young Doctors

Diana McLean is an Australian stage and television actress and voice over artist., best known for her roles as Sister Vivienne Jeffreys in TV soap opera The Young Doctors in 549 episodes from 1978 and 1981.

Acting career[edit]

In 1969, McLean appeared in an episode of the comedy series Good Morning Mr Doubleday.[1]

In the early 1970s, she appeared in an episode of the classic Australian police series Division 4,[2] and an episode of Boney.[3] She also appeared as "Dorothy Dunlop" in the Australian series Number 96.[4]

In the mid 1970s, she appeared as "Helen McGuire" in nine episodes of the series Ben Hall,[5] and then as "Sister Vivienne Jeffries" from 1978 until 1982 in the series The Young Doctors.[6][7]

In 1999 she played the part of "Bess O'Brien" in Neighbours.[6]

In 1982, she appeared in the film, Early Frost.[8][9]

Her work in the theatre has included The Cold Child in 2006 and Love & Money in 2007.[10][11] In 2014, she reprised her role of "Vera" 4000 Miles, for which she was nominated for the "Best Actress in a Leading Role in an Independent Production" Sydney Theatre Award in 2013.[12][13] She toured Australia in 2017 and 2018, playing "Florence Foster Jenkins" in the stage comedy Glorious.[14]

She also appeared in the play Air in 2018.[15]

Other work[edit]

In 2010 she attended a book launch[16] by screen writer, director and producer Alan Coleman. His autobiography, One Door Shuts was launched at the Hotel Bondi, Sydney on 10 January 2010.

In 2014, McLean explained her voice techniques in a video called The other side of the glass.[17]

In 2018, she appeared on the Australian programme The Daily Edition to discuss her career.[18]


Title Year Role
Good Morning, Mr. Doubleday (TV series) 1969 Debbie
Division 4 (TV series) 1970 Colleen Rankin
Boney (TV series) 1975 Jessica Menzies
Number 96 (TV series) 1973 Dorothy Dunlop
Ben Hall (TV miniseries) 1975 Helen McGuire
The Young Doctors (TV series) 1978-1981 Vivienne Jeffreys
Winner Takes All (TV miniseries) 1982 Margaret Coleman
Early Frost 1982 Val Meadows
Murder Call (TV series) 1997 Adele Anderitte
The Adventures of Sam (TV series) 1997 Guest
Neighbours (TV series) 1999 Bess O'Brien
Paperback Hero 1999 Harmony
Water Rats (TV series) 1998-2001 Trish/ Elizabeth Cartland
Backberner (TV series) 2001 unknown
All Saints (TV series) (TV series) 2002 Mary Willard
A Model Daughter:The Killing of Caroline Byrne 2009 Brenda Wood
Wonderland (TV series) 2013 Celebrant
Not Here to Behave (TV series) 2015 Ensemble cast
The End (TV series) 2020 Iris


  1. ^ "Good Morning Mr Doubleday". www.classicaustraliantv.com. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Division 4 episodes". www.classicaustraliantv.com. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Boney episodes". www.classicaustraliantv.com. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Number 96 on ASO - Australia's audio and visual heritage online". aso.gov.au. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  5. ^ Webmaster. "Ben Hall | Nostalgia Central". Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  6. ^ a b O'Hanlon, Paul (17 June 2016). "The Young Doctors: laughter medicine of yesteryear". Australian Times. Blue Sky Publications. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  7. ^ The Young Doctors, archived from the original on 22 December 2021, retrieved 15 August 2019
  8. ^ "Early Frost (1982) | movie | videospace". www.videospace.fi. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  9. ^ Early Frost (1982) Trailer, retrieved 16 October 2019[dead YouTube link]
  10. ^ Rose, Colin (17 July 2006). "The Cold Child". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  11. ^ Dunne, Stephen (26 September 2007). "Slow unravelling of imperfect lives". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  12. ^ "2013—Nominations and Winners". Sydney Theatre Awards. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  13. ^ Gioia, Michael (20 December 2013). "Tim Minchin, Tony Sheldon, Cate Blanchett and More Among 2013 Sydney Theatre Award Nominees". Playbill. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  14. ^ Blake, Elissa (30 August 2017). "How Diana McLean sings as amusingly as Florence Foster Jenkins in Glorious". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  15. ^ Simmonds, Diana (24 June 2018). "Air". Stage Noise. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  16. ^ Alan Coleman Book Launch Part 2 of 3 filmed by Doug Moody., archived from the original on 22 December 2021, retrieved 7 October 2019
  17. ^ DIANA McLEAN - The other side of the glass, archived from the original on 22 December 2021, retrieved 15 August 2019
  18. ^ Diana McLean's Latest Project, retrieved 14 August 2019

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