Tina Bur­sill

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AN ac­tor, Ms Bur­sill is a much-loved vet­eran of Aus­tralian TV. She stud­ied drama at the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Dra­matic Art, be­fore scor­ing the role of Louise Carter in the drama se­ries She went on to be­come a house­hold name with roles in some of our best-loved TV shows, in­clud­ing

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In 1987, she starred in the movie which earned her an Aus­tralian Film In­sti­tute Award for Best Ac­tress in a Sup­port­ing Role. She is cur­rently ap­pear­ing as Meryl Knight in Chan­nel 9 drama

Ms Bur­sill di­vides her time be­tween the eastern suburbs of Syd­ney and the South­ern High­lands of New South Wales.

About 10 years ago, she took in a street cat, Michael, the sec­ond res­cue cat she has owned.

“I adore cats and they seem to find me,” she said. “I have an em­pa­thy with them.”

I try and walk for an hour ev­ery morn­ing. If I am in Syd­ney, I will do the cliff walk around Bondi; and if I am in the South­ern High­lands, I will put on the nec­es­sary clothes and get mov­ing. I like to buy an al­mond crois­sant, find a sunny spot and read the pa­pers.

I am ac­tu­ally quite anal about how things look. In times of stress, I find it en­joy­able to clean out a cup­board or do some man­ual labour, as it takes you out of your own head. Lately, in the South­ern High­lands, I have been en­joy­ing my gar­den. It was the house my dad lived in un­til he died re­cently.

I love cook­ing and I cook a lot in my Le Creuset pots, es­pe­cially lamb shanks. I also love to cook mus­sels, and I love plonk­ing a large pot on the ta­ble with crusty bread and salad. I also do a good chicken soup, which I bot­tle, and a roast chicken stuffed with a lemon.

I have very eclec­tic mu­sic taste. My par­ents loved jazz and that was passed down. I was also a fan of Shostakovich and Prokofiev. These days, I like lis­ten­ing to a whole range of mu­sic, in­clud­ing Pink Mar­tini.

It would start with a whisky to hon­our my fa­ther. He loved seafood, too, and at his fu­neral I served oys­ters and whisky to the con­gre­ga­tion. Then it would be good food and good com­pany, and maybe catch­ing up on some TV shows or movies.

PHOTOS: CHRIS PAVLICH

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