British born actress Joyce Jacobs, best known for her role in soap opera A Country Practice, has died aged 91.
A Country Practice proved a success for the Seven Network in Australia and also on ITV in the afternoons during the 80s and 90s. The show began in 1981 with Jacobs appearing in the pilot as gossipy spinster Esme Watson. The character would become one of the most popular in the series.
Set in the fictional town of Wandin Valley in New South Wales the series ran for over 1,000 episodes. Jacobs remained with the show until its demise in 1993, and returned for its brief 30-episode revival by Network Ten in 1994.
Joyce started out as a typist before departing the UK for Australia in 1962. She started her acting career on the amateur stage with local theatre groups. Her first major television role down under was in saga Number 96, set in a Sydney apartment block, however the series has never been screened in the UK.
A show which also proved popular on ITV in the UK as well as for Channel Nine was medial saga The Young Doctors, devised by ATV’s Alan Coleman. Joyce appeared in the long running hospital-based serial as Muriel Palmer. In 2012 members of The Country Practice cast reunited to celebrate Jacobs’ 90th birthday.
Channel Nine report that Jacobs had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for over a decade and was living in a nursing home. Her husband of 64-years died shortly before her 90th birthday.
Joyce Jacobs 1922 – 2013