May Enid Bosworth Nunn
27 November 1887
London, United Kingdom
|Died||15 July 1982 (aged 94)|
Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia
|Other names||Ellen Bosworth|
|Spouse||Count Wentworth Zeffri.|
|Parent(s)||Harold Marcus Nunn (father)|
Helen Louis Fowler (mother)
|Awards||Chips Rafferty Memorial Award|
May Enid Bosworth Nunn OAM (27 November 1887 – 15 July 1982), known professionally as Enid Lorimer and also as a publisher of children's literature under the pen name Ellen Bosworth, was a British-born Australian film, stage, television and radio actress, director, writer, teacher and theosophist. She was married to Count Wentworth Zerffi.
She attended His Majesty's Theatre in London, managed by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree and trained as a Shakespearean actress. She was a contemporary of Dame Sybil Thorndike and Dame Lilian Braithwaite. Lorimer was also involved in silent film production in Britain during World War 1, working with the likes of Dame Ellen Terry.
Lorimer was born on 27 November 1887, in London, United Kingdom. Her father was Harold Marcus Nunn and her mother was Helen Louise Fowler (née Bosworth).
Her early education was supervised by a governess. She later attended a boarding school in Folkestone, Kent, and a finishing school in Switzerland.
Lorimer's career as an actress lasted for some 70 years. She first took stage drama in the United Kingdom, before leaving for Sydney, Australia in November 1923 to serve as Art Director at the Star Amphitheatre, Balmoral. She starred in numerous Australian television programmes, such as Motel, Spyforce, Homicide, Division 4 and Cop Shop, as well as many theatrical stage plays, and in 1966 she appeared as a narrator in fourteen episodes of the BBC children's television programme Jackanory. Up until her 85th birthday in 1973, she was very active within the entertainment circle and would not entertain the prospect of retirement, despite self-admitted signs of "phasing out". Her final film appearance was in The Odd Angry Shot. In her later years, she gradually declined from acting and instead started writing children's books, such as the series Shelley (which was based on her granddaughter), under the pseudonym of Ellen Bosworth. Many of her books were best-sellers in Australia. During her lifetime, Lorimer also worked as a teacher and a theosophist.
Lorimer was awarded the Chips Rafferty Memorial Award in 1981 and the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service towards the performing arts on 14 June 1982.
Enid Lorimer Circuit, in the Canberra suburb of Chisholm, is named in her honour.
Lorimer died on 15 July 1982 at a private hospital in Wahroonga, New South Wales. A private funeral was held for her; only six people attended.
|1949||Strong Is the Seed aka 'The Farrer Story'||Role unknown||Feature film|
|1956||Find the Lady||Miss Rees (uncredited)||Feature film, UK|
|1958||Carve Her Name With Pride||Madame Renaud (uncredited)||Feature film, UK|
|1959||Witness in the Dark||Mrs. Temple||Feature film, UK|
|1964||The Sicilians||Old Lady||Feature film, UK|
|1953||The Golden Head||Lead role: Dame Martha Holloway||TV film, UK|
|1953||Seven Little Australians||Guest role: Mrs. Fitzroy-Brown||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1953||The Story of the Treasure Seekers||Guest role: The lady||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1954||A Castle and Sixpence||Guest role: Mrs. Pigmarsh||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1955||Absent-Minded Anna||Mrs. Graham||TV film, UK|
|1955||The Vice||Guest roles: Mme. Larvin / Mrs. Steel / Mrs. McPhail||TV series UK, 3 episodes|
|1955||The Sleeping Beauty||The Nurse||TV film, UK|
|1955||Count of Twelve||Mrs. McPhail (episode "The Count of Twelve")||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1956||The Errol Flynn Theatre||Guest role: Donya||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1957-1967||ITV Play of the Week||Guest roles: Mookie / Rebecca Nurse / Ellen Carmichael||TV series UK, 3 episodes|
|1956||Armchair Theatre||Guest role: Mrs. Danishev||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1957||Overseas Press Club - Exclusive||Guest roles: Mrs. Klaus / Concierge||TV series UK, 2 episodes|
|1957||O.S.S.||Guest role: Madame Mureaux||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1957||Guest role: Matron||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1958||Television World Theatre||Guest role: Woman of Troy||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1958||Charles And Mary||Mrs. Lamb||TV film, UK|
|1958||Uncertain Mercy||Frau Kowalski||TV film, UK|
|1959||World Theatre||Guest role: Brand's Mother||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1959||Antigone||Eurydice||TV film, UK|
|1959||The Flying Doctor||Guest role: Emily Gudgeon||TV series AUSTRALIA/UK, 1 episode|
|1961||Corinth House||Miss Malleson||Teleplay|
|1961||Traveller Without Luggage||The Mother||TV film|
|1962||The Last Man Out||Guest role: Madame Matilde||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1963||Harpers Went Out||Guest role: Evelyn Bentley||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1963||Man of the World||Guest role: Miss Bentley||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1963||The Queen and The Rebels||Guest role: Peasant Woman||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1963-1965||Hugh and I||Guest role: Auntie Maude||TV series UK, 2 episodes|
|1964-1967||Play School||Herself - Storyteller||ABC TV series, 34 episodes|
|1966||Theatre 625||Guest role: Anna Semionovna||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1966||The Troubleshooters||Guest role: Mrs. Thornton||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1966||Jackanory||Herself - Storyteller||TV series UK, 14 episodes|
|1966||Meet the Wife||Guest role: Madame||TV series, 1 episode|
|1966||The New Inferno||The Company||TV film, UK|
|1967||The Wednesday Play||Guest role: Frau Cornelissen||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1967||Beggar My Neighbour||Guest role: Aunt Jess||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1967||The Avengers||Guest role: Nanny Roberts||TV series UK, 1 episode|
|1967||Uncle Vanya||Maria Wassiljewna Woynitsky||TV film, UK|
|1967||Les Misérables||Guest role: Baptistine||TV miniseries UK, 1 episode|
|1968-1974||Homicide||Guest roles: Mrs. Lines/ Mrs. Simpson / Mrs. James / 'Gran' Garret / Mrs. Jackson / Molly Bishop / Jane Foster||TV series, 7 episodes|
|1968||Motel||Recurring Guest role: Bunty Creighton||TV series, 2 episodes|
|1969||Riptide||Guest role: Dora Binney||TV series, 1 episode|
|1969||Delta||Guest role: Hilda||TV series, 1 episode|
|1969||Skippy||Guest role: Mrs. Kearney||TV series, 1 episode|
|1970;1974||Division 4||Guest roles: Aunt Bertha / Mrs. Mathews||TV series, 2 episodes|
|1970||The Link Men||Guest role||TV series, 1 episode|
|1972||The Survivor||Belle Leeming||ABC Teleplay|
|1972||Kamahl||Herself - Guest||TV series, 1 episode|
|1972||Spyforce||Guest role: Miss Smith||TV series, 1 episode|
|1972||Number 96||Guest role: Mrs Harvey||TV series|
|1972||The Hands of Cormac Joyce||Mrs. Reece||TV film UK/AUSTRALIA|
|1973||Boney||Guest role: Mrs. Thompson||TV series, 1 episode|
|1974||The Evil Touch||Guest role: Lavinia Pfeiffer||TV series, 1 episode|
|1974||Matlock Police||Guest role: Mrs. Dawson||TV series, 1 episode|
|1974||Human Target||Role unknown||TV film|
|1975||Certain Women||Guest role||ABC TV series, 1 episode|
|1975||Quality of Mercy||Guest role||ABC TV series, 1 episode 2: "The Love Job"|
|1976||Luke's Kingdom||Guest role: Nanny||TV miniseries, 1 episode|
|1976||Is There Anybody There?||Role unknown||TV film|
|1977||Mama's Gone A-Hunting||Old woman in Elevator (uncredited)||TV film|
|1978||Loss of Innocence||Guest role: Gran||ABC TV miniseries, 2 episodes|
|1978||Case for the Defence||Guest role: Mrs. Lattimer||TV series, 1 episode|
|1978||The Young Doctors||Guest role: Amelia Frost||TV series, 2 episodes|
|1980;1981||Parkinson In Australia||Herself - Guest||ABC TV series, 2 episodes|
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- Enid Lorimer at IMDb
- Enid Lorimer at the Women Film Pioneers Project