Glenda Linscott[1][3][2] (born 6 September 1958) is an English Australian actress and director, best known for her performance as tough bikie inmate and top dog Rita "The Beater" Connors in the television drama Prisoner, for which she won a Penguin Award. In 2015 she took up the position of Head of Acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

 

 

Career

Glenda was born in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) before briefly immigrating to England, and finally to Adelaide, Australia, as a child. She later returned to Britain when she appeared in a stage play version of the series. Guest roles include A Country Practice, All Saints and McLeod's Daughters. She also had a recurring role in the Australian drama, Murder Call as Pathologist, Dr. Imogen Soames between 1997–2000.

In November 2011, it was announced Linscott had joined the cast of Neighbours for three months as Dr. Jessica Girdwood, a surgeon at the Erinsborough Hospital. She made her first on screen appearance that same month.[20]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987Howling III: The MarsupialsBahloo 
1995Back of BeyondMary Margaret 
2001The Man Who Sued GodCo-plaintiff 
2002The NuggetBunny 
2005Deck DogzExboobs 
2006JindabyneDetective 

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1984The Cowra BreakoutHeatherMiniseries
1985–86PrisonerRita ConnorsSeasons 7 & 8 – 106 episodes
1990A Country PracticeVera CharlesSeason 10, Episodes 61 & 62 – "Little Big Man" (Parts 1 & 2)
1991The Miraculous MellopsProfessor MoorcroftSeason 1, Episodes 3, 11 & 13
1993Big IdeasLix DixonTelevision film
1995JanusKathy TainshSeason 2, Episode 9 – "Fit to Plead"
1995Soldier SoldierBetty PalmerSeason 5, Episode 6 – "Ill Wind"
1997–2000Murder CallDr. Imogene 'Tootsie' SoamsesSeasons 1–3 – 31 episodes
2001All SaintsAnna MurchinsonSeason 4, Episode 31 – "Look Into My Eyes"
2003MDAGretle CelesteSeason 2, Episode 1 – "Eternity"
2004Fergus McPhailGabrielleSeason 1, Episode 15 – "The Grass is Greener" & Season 1, Episode 16 – "Cactus"
2004McLeod's DaughtersCelia RiversSeason 4, Episode 13 – "Second Chance"
2006Real StoriesJesse Martin's MotherSeason 1, Episode 3
2011Underbelly Files: InfiltrationSandraTelevision film
2013Miss Fisher's Murder MysteriesMrs. BiggsSeason 2, Episode 4 – "Deadweight"
2011–15NeighboursJessica GirdwoodSeasons 27, 28 & 30 – 9 episodes
2011–15Winners & LosersLily PattersonSeasons 1 & 4 – 7 episodes

Short films

  • Transformation ... as Amanda (2009)
  • Game (2011 – writer & director)