Penny Downie is an Australian actress who is recognized for her notable performances in both theatre and television productions in the United Kingdom. Penny has acted in several films and television series. She is best known for her role as Phoebe Maybury on The Ice House.
Penny was born in 1954 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. There is not much information about her parents. Penny attended a high school in Australia. She completed her education in Australia and decided at an early age to pursue an acting career. She was a student of theater director Joan Whalley and completed her training at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney. Penny started her career in Australia. She joined the Twelfth Night Theater and the Brisbane Art Theatre.
Penny Downie career
Penny began acting in Australian theaters. After graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, she began acting in soap operas. Penny made her television debut on the 1976 soap opera Bellbird. She later appeared in television series such as The Sullivans, Prisoner and Learned Friends. Penny moved to the UK in the early 1980s. She continued to act in television series in the UK.
She appeared as Dee Rogers in a 1984 episode of If Money Be the Food of Love, Play On. In 1991, Penny was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Marianne in Scenes from a Marriage. In addition, she got many other opportunities to work in television shows. She has acted in Inspector Morse, Kavanagh QC, New Tricks, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, and Spooks.
Penny was also an Associate Artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She played the role of Lady Anne in the production of Richard III and Hermione and Petrida in The Winter’s Tale. Penny starred in both the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet and the television adaptation in 2009. She played the role of Gertrude. In 2009 she starred in Clint Eastwood’s film Invictus as Mrs. Pienaar.
She appeared in the Father Brown episode “The Bride of Christ” as Rev Mother Augustine and in an episode of Suspects as Fiona. She starred in the famous show Downtown Abbey as Lady Sinderby. In the meantime, she has also acted in plays. In 2013 she played the leading role in the play A Storm in a Flower Vase. The play is based on the life of Constance Spry. Most recently, she played the recurring role of Alice the Duchess of Gloucester on The Crown.
Penny Downie Biography
|Age (as of 2023)
|Place of birth
|NIDA – National Institute for Dramatic Arts
|in feet inches – 5′ 6” – in centimeters – 168 cm
|in kilograms – 60kg – in pounds – 132 pounds
Penny Downie Family
|Who is Penny Downie’s husband/partner?
Penny hasn’t shared much information about her personal life on social media. She is reportedly dating Nick Dear. It is unclear whether the two are married or not. She kept her private life private.
Penny Downie net worth
Penny has been an actress for more than four decades. She played several supporting roles in numerous films and television series. She has also acted in stage dramas. Her estimated net worth is approximately $2 million.
Facts About Penny Downie
- Penny always faked her English accent.
- Her favorite hobby is dancing.
- She once played the role of a prostitute in a television series.