Dinah Shearing, veteran actress from Australian film, stage, radio and television, has died peacefully at the age of 95.
Born in Sydney to English parents while they were visiting Australia, Shearing was twelve before she was to return with her family to settle in Sydney.
Despite an early interest in art and working as a sketch artist for a Sydney department store, Shearing was soon to study singing and scored her first role in the play Winterset. She continued to be a regular performer in theatre, often in Shakespearean plays, and on radio. She made her TV debut in the ABC play A Phoenix Too Frequent in 1957.
She later starred as Lady Macbeth (pictured) in ABC’s 1960 production of Macbeth, earning strong praise from TV Times critic Lesley Dare: “Miss Shearing brought out every nuance of the part in a performance both subtle and beautiful.”
Shearing took time out from performing to bring up two children. She returned to TV in 1970, making a guest appearance in the drama series Delta.
Later TV credits included TV Spells Magic, Catwalk, The Sullivans, All The Rivers Run, Five Mile Creek, The Harp In The South, E Street, A Country Practice, GP, All Saints and an ongoing role in the Nine Network soap Family And Friends.
She became a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1993 for services to the performing arts.
Her last credited TV appearance was in the science fiction series Farscape in 2002.
Dinah Shearing is survived by her two sons and four grandchildren. Her husband, artist and playwright Rod Milgate, died in 2014.