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Elspeth Ballantyne
Born (1939-04-20) 20 April 1939 (age 76)
Adelaide, South Australia
Other names Elly Ballantyne.
Occupation actress
Spouse(s) Dennis Miller (1968-1977; divorced)
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 her soap opera roles as 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, and Cathy Alessi in Neighbours.


Elspeth is the daughter of Colin Sandergrove Ballantyne[1] an Australian actor, playwright and photographer who was 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 Ballantyne.



  1. ^ Peter Ward (2007). "Ballantyne, Colin Sandergrove (1908-1988)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 

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14 news items

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 ...
ATV Today
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:52:30 -0800

The town's librarian Lori Chandler (Elspeth Ballantyne) was local royalty, her family had been the original settlers in the district and the town had taken its name from her enormous home which was called Bellbird. Lori would eventually marry horse ...
The Conversation
Mon, 05 May 2014 13:44:42 -0700

These include Maggie Kirkpatrick (Joan “The Freak” Ferguson), Val Lehman (Bea Smith), Sheila Florance (Lizzie Birdsworth), Collette Mann (Doreen Anderson/Burns), Amanda Muggleton (Chrissie Latham), Betty Bobbitt (Judy Bryant), Elspeth Ballantyne ...

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:36:49 -0700

Tom Oliver and Elspeth Ballantyne in the ABC series Bellbird. Source: News Corp Australia. Popular ABCTV series Bellbird premiered (it ran for 10 years). Gough Whitlam became ALP leader. The Seekers were Australians of the Year. Australia's Dame Pattie ...

The West Australian

The West Australian
Sun, 28 Apr 2013 23:11:15 -0700

Elspeth Ballantyne, who appeared in every episode of Prisoner as warden Jackson, also bears no grudge about missing out on what could be tens of thousands of dollars. She puts it down to bad luck and says she is grateful for having a permanent job as ...
Mon, 05 Mar 2012 17:21:53 -0800

That the sympathetic screw Meg (Elspeth Ballantyne) is a good and decent person is hard to swallow once we know how much she knows of the injustice around her; and Mum's tranquil stoic wisdom as she prunes her roses in the prison garden seems so ...
What's On TV
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 03:57:05 -0700

Wentworth Prison is a re-imaginging of classic Aussie serial drama Prisoner: Cell Block H, with the original characters – such as Bea Smith (front) with fellow inmates Jacs, Doreen,... Wentworth Prison is a re-imaginging of classic Aussie serial drama ...
Den Of Geek
Mon, 21 Feb 2011 23:48:58 -0800

'Innocent', naive daddy's girl, Tracey, brought with her lots of trouble, Judy (Betty Bobbitt) fell in love with her, Meg Jackson (Elspeth Ballantyne) got shot, a policewoman was killed and Tracey's father, Bob (Anthony Hawkins), found himself a new wife.

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