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
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.
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