Celebrated actress Tina Bursill’s outstanding career spans decades, with a substantial body of work which has brought to life some of Australia’s best loved characters on stage and screen.
Commencing her career in revues and political satire, such as Scandals of ’74 and The Son of the Naked Vicar before transitioning to other genres, Tina’s characters are often cool, grounded and self-reliant women tinged with humour, including alcoholic Lenore in Time of Our Lives, single mum Hilary Scheppers in Heartbreak High and Maree the project mum in both A Moody Christmas and The Moodys. For the latter the cast received the Equity Ensemble Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Comedy Series in both 2013 and 2015.
In Doctor Doctor, her portrayal of family matriarch and outspoken mayor Meryl Knight has earned Tina two AACTA Award nominations, in 2017 for Best Supporting Actress and in 2018 for Best Actress, with each season of the series being nominated for Best Drama at the TV Week Logie Awards. Her other television credits include Frayed (Series 2), Wentworth (series 8), Neighbours, Jack Irish, Rake, Crownies, Offspring, Farscape, Flying Doctors, Jackeroo, Winner Takes All, Skyways, Prisoner and the animation The Three Musketeers.
Tina starred in the feature film Jilted which earned her an AFI Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Her other film credits include Wish You Were Here, Three Blind Mice, The Great McCarthy, Billy’s Holiday, Heroes Mountain and Never Tell Me Never.
Her theatre credits include Top Silk, Beyond Mozambique and Zastrozzi for Nimrod Theatre, Feather in the Web for Griffin Theatre Company, Boys Will Be Boys at the Sydney Theatre Company and Up for Grabs for which Tina received a MO Award nomination for Best Female Actor in a Play.