Enid Lorimer

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Enid Lorimer

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May Enid Bosworth Nunn

27 November 1887
London, United Kingdom
Died15 July 1982 (aged 94)
Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia
Other namesEllen Bosworth
  • Actress
  • producer
  • writer
  • teacher
  • theosophist
Years activeC.1910-1979
SpouseCount Wentworth Zeffri.
Children1 (Adopted)
Parent(s)Harold Marcus Nunn (father)
Helen Louis Fowler (mother)
AwardsChips 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.

Early life[edit]

Lorimer was born[1] on 27 November 1887, in London, United Kingdom.[1] Her father was Harold Marcus Nunn and her mother was Helen Louise Fowler (née Bosworth).[2]

Her early education was supervised by a governess. She later attended a boarding school in Folkestone, Kent, and a finishing school in Switzerland.[3]


Lorimer's career as an actress lasted for some 70 years.[4][5] She first took stage drama in the United Kingdom,[6] before leaving for Sydney, Australia in November 1923 to serve as Art Director at the Star Amphitheatre, Balmoral.[7] She starred in numerous Australian television programmes, such as Motel, Spyforce, Homicide, Division 4 and Cop Shop, as well as many theatrical stage plays,[8] 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".[9] Her final film appearance was in The Odd Angry Shot.[10] 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.[6] Many of her books were best-sellers in Australia.[11] During her lifetime, Lorimer also worked as a teacher and a theosophist.[12]


Lorimer was awarded the Chips Rafferty Memorial Award in 1981[13] and the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service towards the performing arts on 14 June 1982.[14]

Enid Lorimer Circuit, in the Canberra suburb of Chisholm, is named in her honour.[15]


Lorimer died on 15 July 1982 at a private hospital[16] in Wahroonga, New South Wales.[17][18] A private funeral was held for her; only six people attended.[17]



Year Title Role Type
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


Year Title Role Type
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 Harlequinade Dame Maud 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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  2. ^ "Family Background". Enid Lorimer. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  3. ^ Roe, Jill; Bettison, Margaret (2013). "Lorimer, Enid Bosworth (1887–1982)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  4. ^ "From Irving to Jack Thompson". The West Australian. 13 March 1979.
  5. ^ Dynes, Cecily (1984). The complete Australian and New Zealand book of names. Angus & Robertson Publishers. p. 234. ISBN 9780207148613.
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  9. ^ Haynes, J.; Archibald, J. F. (1973). "That's what you say". The Bulletin. Vol. 95.
  10. ^ "Theatre great dies aged 94". Melbourne Sun. 17 July 1982.
  11. ^ "Enid begins her life anew". Sunday Times. 1 February 1976.
  12. ^ Finch, Bloody Finch: The Life of Peter Finch. Holt, Rinehart & Winston. 1980. p. 38. ISBN 9780030417962.
  13. ^ "Time of Hope and Regret". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 September 1981.
  14. ^ "LORIMER, Enid Bosworth". Australian Government It's An Honour. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. Periodic (National : 1977 - 2011) - 15 May 1987 - p2". Trove. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  16. ^ "Enid Lorimer dies". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 July 1982. p. 6.
  17. ^ a b "A 70-year career in theatre". The Sydney Morning Herald. 17 July 1982. p. 7.
  18. ^ "Erid Lorimer". The Times. 17 July 1982. p. 10.

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