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Elspeth Ballantyne
Born (1939-04-20) 20 April 1939 (age 74)
Adelaide, South Australia
Other names Elly Ballantyne.
Occupation Film and television actor
Spouse(s) Dennis Miller (Australian actor).
Children 2

Elspeth Ballantyne (born 20 April 1939 in Adelaide, South Australia) is an Australian actress known in theatre, film and television, she is perhaps best known for the role of the firm but compassionate prison officer Meg Jackson later Meg Morris in the international cult hit soap opera Prisoner, better known as Prisoner: Cell Block H in the USA and UK.

Career[edit]

Elspeth is the daughter of Colin Ballantyne, an Australian actor and playwright and head of the South Australian theatre company . Having started her career as a laboratory Technician with the Royal Adelaide Hospital, she then attended the prestigious drama school, the National Institute for Dramatic Arts. She went on to act in the rural soap opera, Bellbird, as librarian Lori Chandler screened on ABC.

Ballantyne subsequently played compassionate prison officer Meg Jackson in the soap opera, Prisoner. Ballantyne was the only actor to stay with the series for its entire eight-year run. She would later reprise her famous role of Meg in the original stage tour of Prisoner: Cell Block H – The Stage Play, which toured the UK in 1989.

In the early 1990s, she had a stint in Channel Ten soap opera, Neighbours, playing Cathy Alessi. She later appeared in feature films 'The Caterpillar Wish' as Mrs. Woodbridge, and in 'Moonlight & Magic' as a thrift shop owner Desma. In this latter film, she was reunited with former Prisoner co-stars Maxine Klibingaitis and Reylene Pearce. Ballantyne also appeared in the drama short, Twenty Five Cents, in 2007, and the short The Last Tupper in 2011 Ballantyne features as wheelchair bound bogan matriac, Maxine in the Boronia movies, Boronia Boys (2009) and 'Boronia Backpackers (2011) and Paper Giants in 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Ballantyne has two children from her marriage to actor Dennis Miller, whom she was married to from 1968-1977. She is the sister of film producer Jane Ballantyn.

Filmography[edit]

External links[edit]


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Meg Jackson/Morris Interview, 1989

An excerpt from 'The Inside Story' documentary featuring Prisoner's 'Mrs Nice', Elspeth Ballantyne, being interviewed by Anglia TV announcer Paul Lavers. Thi...

Prisoner Cell Block H 2011 TV Reunion.flv

2011 reunion of Prisoner cast filmed by A Current Affair at the Old Melbourne Gaol as the actresses promoted the return of the series on Foxtel's 111 Hits ch...

BORONIA BOYS TRAILER

NOW OUT ON DVD!!!!! Trailer to the Australian feature film BORONIA BOYS. Starring Cameron Nugent, Tim Burns, Elspeth Ballantyne, Desiree Smith, Maxine Klibin...

Elspeth and Patsy from Prisoner Cell Block H on UK TV

Elspeth Ballantyne and Patsy King being interviewed by Eammon Holmes.

Prisoner Cell Block H 1986 RTA Commercial

1986 TV commercial commissioned by the Roads & Traffic Authority featuring actress Elspeth Ballantyne in her role of Meg Jackson / Morris in the series Priso...

Power Without Glory - Brian, Elspeth and Val

Short clips from Power Without Glory featuring Brian Blain, Elspeth Ballantyne and Val Lehman.

Erica Davidson Interview, 1989

An excerpt from 'The Inside Story' documentary featuring Prisoner's divine Patsy King being interviewed by Anglia TV announcer Paul Lavers. This is from when...

Prisoner Cell Block H Documentary Highlights (Part 3)

Highlights from the unaired Prisoner Cell Block H documentary "On The Inside" featuring Val Lehman, Patsy King, Elspeth Ballantyne, Peta Toppano, Jane Clifto...

Prisoner: Cell Block H - Meg Slaps Reb

Meg is under hypnosis, and when Reb happens to run into her in the corridor and gives her the usual cheek, the reaction I don't think is exactly what any of ...

Prisoner: Cell Block H - Episode 83

Episode 83. The original upload has a scene omitted after the opening gate slam, due to an error with the original master tape. The scene was restored in lat...

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ABC Online (blog)
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:25:15 -0700

Elspeth Ballantyne was born in Adelaide to theatrical parents, worked as a lab technician for Basil Heltzel and then succumbed to the acting gene and appeared in Bellbird, Prisoner and numerous TV police dramas. She spoke with Michael Smyth on 891 ...
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