as Doris Collins
Portraying Doris Collins, the nosy town gossip in A Place To Call Home, is one of Australia’s most recognizable faces: Deborah Kennedy.
After four successful seasons, Deborah is thrilled to return to the role for a fifth. Her remarkable body of work spans over 40 years in film, stage and television. Her other recent television credits include The Secret Daughter, Deep Water, No Activity, The Principal, Janet King, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Laid, Rake, Dance Academy, The Jesters, and Neighbours.
Deborah’s film roles include Women He’s Undressed, Closed for Winter, Charlie and Boots, Swimming Upstream, Thank God He Met Lizzie, Idiot Box, The Sum of Us and Death in Brunswick, the latter two earning her an AFI Nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Recent theatre credits include the Australian tour of Fawlty Towers Live! adapted by John Cleese. For the Ensemble Theatre: Other Desert Cities, Diving for Pearls and A Conversation. For Belvoir St. Theatre: The Book of Everything, which included a New York season and earned Deborah a 2010 Helpmann Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress, What the Butler Saw, The Little Cherry Orchard, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Hamlet. For Sydney Theatre Company: Arms and the Man, Pygmalion, Woman in Mind, Soulmates, Major Barbara, and Comedy of Errors.
Ever the eyes and ears of her community, Doris has had to struggle with her finely calibrated, yet unyielding, moral compass. Whereas others have forgiven, Doris has a deeply rooted sense of right and wrong, and last season she battled with Regina’s eventual atonement. In The Final Chapter, Doris’ caring nature will come to the fore as she becomes even more deeply ensconced in the lives of residents of Inverness – perhaps even more than she would like. She also finds herself grappling with the changing times as the 50s rush to a close. As Deborah Kennedy says: “Everything hurtles towards the 60s and everything is moving too quickly for Doris. She tries to keep up but it’s a real challenge.”
Looking back at her time as the dependable Doris, Deborah says: “She’s got a hell of lot more humility than I do and I think that’s been something to learn.”