Tina Bur­sill

At home with This widely trav­elled ac­tor loves life among the rooftops

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Tina Bur­sill bought her Eastern sub­urbs apart­ment about 25 years ago, turn­ing it into a light-filled and com­fort­able oasis. “It’s on the top floor of the build­ing, built in 1931, and I’ve done a bit of ren­o­va­tion to it,” she says. “The prox­im­ity to the beach is also pretty fab­u­lous.”

In con­sul­ta­tion with an ar­chi­tect, she even man­aged to add a sec­ond storey to her home about 16 years ago.

“I of­ten think I’m on a Parisian rooftop,” she says. “It’s a great lit­tle nook that I live in — it’s a lit­tle sanc­tu­ary for me.

“You don’t have to go any­where, you can sit in this lit­tle apart­ment and feel very op­ti­mistic about the world.”

Tina lives with her cat Michael, a 10-yearold stray she adopted and her home is filled with items she loves.

“Ev­ery­thing in my house was given to me by some­one,” she says of the decor.

“I trea­sure the things that are given to me, they tell me about the peo­ple in my life.”

Lately, Tina has been busy, star­ring in Chan­nel 9’s new dram­edy Doc­tor Doc­tor.

She plays Meryl, the mother of high-fly­ing heart sur­geon Dr Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser), who re­ceives a med­i­cal tri­bunal pun­ish­ment and is forced to work for a year as a coun­try GP in his former home town.

“Meryl gets to say what a lot of other peo­ple think,” Tina says. “She prefers to call a spade a spade — and she’s al­ways dig­ging.

“I think her modus operandi is to help mankind and make the world a bet­ter place.

“The only thing is we’re not quite sure about her ethics and how she goes about it.”

Red tool­box

My fa­ther al­ways wanted me to be equipped in the world. I could do a grease and oil change, change a tyre, and I am ca­pa­ble of fix­ing most things. He in­sisted that I have a tool­box.

Woman on back­ack of skate­board oard

This paint­ing iss by Max Cullen, he’s a friend of mine, and I fell in­stantly tly in love with this piece iece when I cu­ratedd an art ex­hi­bi­tion. ion.

Ele­phantlh cu­rioi

This was from a shop in New Delhi. I was there for the 65th film fes­ti­val in Bol­ly­wood od with the late di­rec­tor Richard d Wher­rett. There was some dis­sen­sion to the north, but I be­lieved hav­ing an ele­phant would pro­tect me.

Bowl of rocks

The bowl was given­give en to me as a farewelll when I left ’80s TV show Pris­oner. I started my rock col­lec­tion in Cen­tral Aus­tralia when I was there for a TV series. The rocks tell the story of places I’ve vis­ited.

Quee­neen and kook­aburra ok­aburra ce­ramic sculp­ture

This s is by artist Sue Jor­gensen. I didn’t have two bob to rub to­gether ogether but when I saw this, I fell in­stantly stantly in love with it. I think the sculp­ture rep­re­sents presents great strength.

Di­nosaur De­signs bowl

Be­fore my mother passed away I promised her I would undo these tan­gled jewels, but it de­feated me. It re­minds me of her beauty,the scram­ble of her brain when de­men­tia got her and her vi­brancy.

Grand­mother’sGrand­mot teapot

This is a War­wickW sil­ver teapo teapot and when I was a litt lit­tle girl, right up into my teenage and early adult years,yea we would have a cup of tea from it. I in­her­ited er­ited it and andd I use it a lot.

Le Creuset pot

I’ve had this for 25 years. I love hav­ing friends for din­ner, cook­ing a pot of mus­sels, served with a big chunk of bread, lots of red wine and a big salad.

Ac­tor Tina Bur­sill is a seasoned star of Aus­tralian film and TV. She is cur­rently star­ring along­side Rodger Corser in Chan­nel 9’s Doc­tor Doc­tor

Ren­o­vated two-storey apart­ment near the beach in Syd­ney’s eastern sub­urbs

Nook area. This lit­tle nook was de­signed specif­i­cally as my think tank, dream world and a spot for an af­ter­noon siesta. The book is on loan from a friend, The Gap Of Time: The Win­ter’s Tale Re­told, by Jeanette Win­ter­son

See­ing other peo­ple that have an in­testi­nal for­ti­tude, that of grace, that of nav­i­gat­ing ob­sta­cles in their lives. I’m in­spired by a lot of hu­mans that nav­i­gate this tricky old path of life. My par­ents gave me great in­spi­ra­tion and I only re­alise that since their passing.

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