Joan Sydney, star of A Country Practice and Neighbors, has died aged 83

Joan Sydney, star of A Country Practice and Neighbors, has died aged 83

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Beloved Australian actress Joan Sydney has passed away at the age of 83.

The star of A Country Practice and Neighbors has passed away peacefully, according to friend and colleague Sally-Anne Upton.

Sydney had a long career on TV, stage and radio spanning over 50 years.

Beloved Australian actress Joan Sydney has passed away at the age of 83.  In the picture

Beloved Australian actress Joan Sydney has passed away at the age of 83. In the picture

Born in London in 1939, she was the older sister of stage and screen actress Maggie King.

Sydney made her film debut in the 1957 film version of the English play When We Are Married at the age of 18 and emigrated to Perth in 1965 before moving to Sydney.

It was her turn as Matron Sloane, the no-nonsense matron of Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital on A Country Practice that would make her a household name.

The acclaimed actress would go on to star in over 453 episodes of the beloved drama between 1983–1990,

It was her turn as Matron Sloane, the no-nonsense matron of Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital on A Country Practice that would make her a household name.  The acclaimed actress would go on to star in over 453 episodes of the beloved drama between 1983 and 1990.

It was her turn as Matron Sloane, the no-nonsense matron of Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital on A Country Practice that would make her a household name.  The acclaimed actress would go on to star in over 453 episodes of the beloved drama between 1983 and 1990.

It was her turn as Matron Sloane, the no-nonsense matron of Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital on A Country Practice that would make her a household name. The acclaimed actress would go on to star in over 453 episodes of the beloved drama between 1983 and 1990.

Sydney won the Silver Logie Award for Most Popular Actress for her performance in 1989.

Sydney would star as Mary Patchett in E Street, Mary Price in All Saints and Valda Sheergold In Neighbours.

Her role on Neighbors was initially set to be on a semi-regular recurring basis, before becoming a permanent cast member for the 2007–08 season.

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