Lois Ramsey, the actress best known as “Mrs H” from the 1970s series The Box, has died at the age of 93.
Born in Adelaide, Ramsey appeared in a number of early TV productions including Consider Your Verdict, Adventures Of The Seaspray, The Battlers, Riptide and Homicide. She also appeared in the sketch comedy series The Mavis Bramston Show.
But it was her portrayal of tea lady Mrs Hopkins (or “Mrs H”) in the long-running series The Box that was to be her most prominent role. She played the character for the show’s entire four-year run as well as in the movie spin-off.
Last year, Ramsey appeared with The Box co-star Judy Nunn on Studio 10‘s tribute to the popular 1970s soap:
YouTube: Studio 10
Later television credits included The Sullivans, The Truckies, A Town Like Alice, Carson’s Law, The Harp In The South and its sequel Poor Man’s Orange, A Country Practice, E Street, GP, Blue Heelers, Above The Law, All Saints, Always Greener and Rake.
She played two roles in Prisoner — first as social worker Agnes Forster and later as prison inmate Ettie Parslow.
Her appearance in the ABC series Grass Roots led to her winning an AFI Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role in a Television Drama Series.
Film credits included Undercover, One Night Stand, Road To Nhill, Crackerjack and Boy Town.
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What a loss. Watching her on Prisoner as I write this. Ettie was such a good character. Bless her. RIP.