Actress Michele Fawdon has died in her Melbourne home after a long battle with cancer. The 63-year-old, who was born in London, had 40 years’ experience in the acting profession and is best known in Australia for her work on television. Fawdon appeared in television series The Flying Doctors, GP and A Country Practice and more recently in City Homicide and Blue Heelers. The actress is also in the television series Killing Time, due to be screened in Australia later this year, which also stars David Wenham.
She first came to prominence in Australia for her role as Mary Magdalene in the 1972 stage production of Jesus Christ Superstar with Jon English. The Australian Film Institute has also recognised Fawdon numerous times, most notably for best actress in a leading role in a telefeature in 1987 for The Fish are Safe and best actress in a lead role for Cathy’s Child in 1979. She is survived by her partner Geoff Jenkins and their 16-year-old daughter Lulu. Her family say she died peacefully in her home on Monday morning Fawdon’s funeral will be held in Melbourne on Monday, May 30.