Moya O'Sullivan

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Moya O'Sullivan
Moya O'Sullivan MacArthur

8 June 1926
Melbourne, Australia
Died16 January 2018 (aged 91)
Years activec.1950-2012
Known forNeighbours

Moya O'Sullivan Macarthur (8 June 1926 – 16 January 2018)[1] was an Australian-born actress who worked both locally and briefly in the United Kingdom. She was best known for her long-running role as the popular character Marlene Kratz in the soap opera Neighbours between 1994 and 1997.[2] Alex Fletcher from Digital Spy made Marlene their "DS Icon" on 7 January 2011, calling her a legendary and special character.[3] Fletcher also stated that "Marlene, played by the delightful Moya O'Sullivan, was a crucial cog in the Golden Age of Neighbours in the '90s."[3]

Early life and career[edit]

O'Sullivan was born to Eugene and Nancy O'Sullivan (née Morgan) and had an older brother, Peter. Having graduated from school, she was tutored in drama classes under Dorothy Hemingway and started her career as a stage performer in the 1950s with the Mosman Theatre Company.[4]

Radio, theatre, teleplays and telemovies[edit]

She trained in radio under Rosalind Kennerdale, and through her gained agent John Cover, the husband of actress Queenie Ashton, who had a company, Central Casting. O'Sullivan appeared in numerous radio productions, such as Dr. Paul, When a Girl Marries, Blue Hills and Life with Dexter.[4]

With the advent of television, she became a familiar face in televised plays, as well as featuring in commercial adverts. She made her debut in 1960 in the ABC production Farewell, Farewell Eugene, and appeared in The Slaughter of St Teresas Day, occasionally popping up in made-for-TV films.

Career in England[edit]

By the mid-1960s, O'Sullivan had decided to try her luck in England, where she featured in radio, television and on the West End stage circuit. Notable roles were in J.P. Donleavy's production A Singular Man, and A Harp in the South for BBC TV. She returned to Australia in 1965, where she featured in the theatrical production Inadmissible Evidence.

Television roles[edit]

O'Sullivan was a staple on the small screen in soap operas and serials in Australia, beginning in 1961 with the daytime soap opera The Story of Peter Gray. Her early roles included playing several parts in Homicide and Division 4. A prominent role was her three-month stint in the serial Number 96 as Phyllis Pratt in the 1970s.

She subsequently appeared in Sons and Daughters as Aileen Keegan, and had several roles in A Country Practice throughout the 1980s.

She continued acting throughout the 2000s, including Home and Away in 2002, and several guest appearances in All Saints from 2001 and 2008. O'Sullivan never had any other long-standing roles; she was a well-recognized feature player as a prominent guest artist of many a television series spanning over 60 years, later portraying hapless old grannies.

In 2005, she reprised the role of Marlene Kratz, along with many ex-cast members, for an episode commemorating the Neighbours 20th anniversary in a reunion special.[5]

O'Sullivan also became popular via memorable guesting appearances in Cop Shop as Lorna Close (later O'Reilly), mother to Valerie Close-Johnson and mother-in-law to Jeffrey Johnson,[6] and in Hey Dad..! as Grandma Lois Kelly,[7] and later in The Adventures of Skippy as Thelma Woods in the 2000s. She had previously appeared in the earlier 1960s original series in television's younger days as Mrs Mason.[8]

Her final part was in Tricky Business in 2012.


O'Sullivan died aged 91 in Bondi Junction, New South Wales, Australia on 16 January 2018.[1]



Year Title Role Type
1965 Never Mention Murder Theatre Sister Feature film, UK
1969 Color Me Dead Maid Feature film
1982 The Best of Friends Mrs. Malone Feature film
1983 Midnite Spares Caravan Lady Feature film
1986 Playing Beatie Bow Granny Feature film
1992 Garbo Freda Feature film
1999 Two Hands Mrs Fletcher Feature film
2008 The View from Greenhaven Tottie Feature film


Year Title Role Type
1960 Thunder On Sycamore Street Role unknown TV movie
1960 Farewell, Farewell, Eugene Role unknown TV movie
1961 The Story of Peter Grey Regular role: Anna Vail TV series
1963 Jonah Guest role: Pompy TV series, 1 episode "Ship Of Fame"
1963 Drama 61-67 Guest role: Miss Wilson TV series UK, 1 episode
1964 Story Parade Guest role: Miss Shelly TV series, 1 episode
1964 ITV Play of the Week Guest role: Grace Martin TV series UK, 1 episode
1964 The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre Guest role: Theatre Sister TV series UK, 1 episode
1965 Hugh and I Herself TV series UK
1965 Undermind Guest role: Edith Bishop TV series UK, 1 episode
1965-1975 Homicide Guest roles: Mrs. Watson / Lillian / Rose Murphy / Gwen / Vivienne Sekora / Ruth Gold TV series, 6 episodes
1966 Australian Playhouse Roles unknown ABC TV series, 2 episodes
1967 You Can't See Round Corners Guest role TV series, 1 episode
1967 Love and War Guest role: She TV series, 1 episode
1968 Hunter Guest role: Miss Corey TV series, 1 episode
1969-1974 Division 4 Guest roles: Eileen Vickers TV series, 6 episodes
1970 Skippy Guest role: Mrs. Mason TV series, 1 episode
1970 Delta Guest role: Margaret TV series, 1 episode
1971;1973 The Comedy Game Guest roles ABC TV series, 2 episodes
1971 Dead Men Running Role unknown TV miniseries, 1 episode
1971-1972 Matlock Police Guest roles: Sarah McKenzie / Nora / Elsie Cummings TV series, 3 episodes
1972 A Nice Day At The Office Guest role TV series, 1 episode
1972 Birds In The Bush Guest role: Hotel Receptionist TV series, 1 episode
1972 Behind the Legend Guest role ABC TV series, 1 episode
1974 The Champion Role unknown ABC TV movie
1975 Certain Women Guest role ABC TV series, 1 episode
1975 Number 96 Recurring role: Phyllis Pratt TV series, 6 episodes
1977 Say You Want Me Recurring role: Julie's Mother TV movie
1977 Going Home Role unknown ABC TV movie
1977 The Young Doctors Recurring Guest role: Eadie Brooks TV series, 5 episodes
1977 Hotel Story Guest role TV series, 1 episode
1978-1981 Cop Shop Recurring role: Lorna Close / Lorna O'Reilly TV series, 96 episodes
1979 Ride on Stranger Recurring role: Ada Jones ABC TV miniseries, 2 episodes
1979 A Place in the World Guest role ABC TV miniseries, 1 episode
1981 Daily at Dawn Guest role TV series, 1 episode
1982 Jonah Recurring role ABC TV miniseries, 4 episodes
1982 Sons and Daughters Recurring role: Aileen Keegan TV series, 11 episodes
1983-1993 A Country Practice Guest roles: Daphne Marshall / Gwen Jones / Kath Thompson TV series, 6 episodes
1983 Great Expectations Herself - (Voice) Animated TV movie
1983 David Copperfield Herself - (Voice) Animated TV movie
1983 Outbreak of Hostilities Recurring role: Lillian Starling TV movie
1984 A Tale of Two Cities Herself - (Voice) Animated TV movie
1984 Kingswood Country Guest role: Errol's Mum TV series, 1 episode
1985 Flight into Hell Recurring role ABC TV miniseries
1986 Whose Baby? Lead recurring role: Amelia Williams TV miniseries, 2 episodes
1987 Danger Down Under aka 'Harris Down Under' Recurring role: Ethel TV movie
1987 Olive Guest role: Saleslady ABC TV movie
1987-1991 Hey Dad..! Recurring Guest role: Grandma Lois Kelly TV series, 7 episodes
1988 Hiawatha Herself - (Voice) Animated TV movie
1988 Alice in Wonderland Herself - Duchess / Queen of Hearts (Voice) Video
1988 Richmond Hill Recurring role: Beatrice White TV series, 10 episodes
1989 Rafferty's Rules Guest role TV series, 1 episode
1989 The Saint in Australia aka 'Fear In Fun Park' Support role: Madge TV movie
1989 Bodysurfer Recurring role: Mrs. Mortimer ABC TV miniseries, 2 episodes
1992 The Main Event Herself TV series, 1 episode
1992 The Time Game Recurring role: Mrs. Brown TV movie
1992-1993 The New Adventures of Skippy Regular role: Thelma Woods TV series, 39 episodes
1993 G.P. Guest role: Myra Drummond ABC TV series, 1 episode
1994-1997;2005;2022 Neighbours Regular role: Marlene Kratz TV series, 393 episodes
1995 Neighbours: A 10th Anniversary Celebration Marlene Kratz (archive footage) TV special
1998 House Gang Guest role: Shopkeeper TV series, 1 episode
2000 Water Rats Guest role: Denise Ford TV series, 1 episode
2001 Flat Chat Herself TV series, 1 episode
2001-2008 All Saints Guest roles: Grace Belden / Jean Blight / Margaret Milligan TV series, 4 episodes
2001 Outriders Recurring role: Mrs. Churchill TV series, 4 episodes
2001 Home and Away Guest role: Gladys Adams TV series, 1 episode
2002 Blue Heelers Guest role: Grannie Gibson TV series, 1 episode
2002 Don't Blame the Koalas Guest role: P & C Lady TV series, 1 episode
2005;2022 Neighbours Guest role: Marlene Kratz TV series, 1 episode
2012 Tricky Business Guest role: Lorraine Webb TV series, 1 episode "Skyrockets In Flight"
2022 Neighbours Guest role: Marlene Kratz TV series, 1 episode: 9199 final.


  1. ^ a b "Notices". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  2. ^ Herbison, Jason (9–22 August 1997). "Marlene's moving out!". Inside Soap (81): 38.
  3. ^ a b Fletcher, Alex (7 January 2011). "DS Icon: Marlene from 'Neighbours'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Moya O'Sullivan, actor whose career reached from Skippy to the West End".
  5. ^ Green, Kris (14 April 2005). "More Neighbours returns confirmed". Digital Spy. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Thursday TV". The Age. 15 June 1978. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  7. ^ Oliver, Robin (13 May 1990). "From the page to stage". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  8. ^ Beck, Ken; Clark, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of TV Pets: A Complete History of Television's Greatest Animal Stars. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-1-55853-981-5.

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