At home with This widely travelled actor loves life among the rooftops
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.”
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Dinosaur Designs bowl
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Le Creuset pot
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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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