Fans pay tributes on social media to Australian actress, Joy Westmore, as she passes away at 88 years old. Neighbours fans are reminiscing on Joy’s role on the programme and here’s what character she played!

Joy had been suffering with dementia and sadly died, leaving behind her four children.

Fans are devastated by the news of Joy’s death and are looking back on her past accomplishments, this is who she played in Neighbours.

Who did Joy Westmore play in Neighbours?

  • Joy played Mrs Forster in Neighbours in 1991 and returned to the show in a different role as Dee’s grandmother Nancy Bliss in 2003.

Her death was announced on Channel Seven’s The Morning Show on Friday, November 6th. The presenter told audiences: “She had been battling dementia in recent years. Prisoner fans would know her well as Officer Barry for 249 episodes. She was almost a bit comic relief. She was the prison guard who was kind of too nice for her own good. Inevitably all these terrible prisoners would end up bashing her and kidnapping her and doing terrible things.”

Joy has appeared as Mrs White in a TV game show based on the board game Cluedo, and had several roles in the Australian police drama Blue Heelers. More recently she appeared in an episode of the anthology series It’s A Date.

Australian actress dies aged 88

Joy started working in the entertainment industry as early as the 1950s when she read commercials for radio. Joy was well-known for playing officer Joyce Pringle from 1979 to 1986 in the TV show Prisoner – known in Britain and America as Prisoner: Cell Block H.

According to the Daily Mail Joy has previously described herself as ‘not very ambitious’, preferring to focus on raising her four children, Adam, Harriet, Lucy and Emily. She got married to her husband, Dr Brian William Westmore, in 1960. He died in January 2020 while surrounded by friends and family. 

Fans were devastated to hear the news that the actress had died. One of Joy’s fans tweeted: “Have just heard the sad news of Joy Westmore’s passing. She was a versatile actress with a great sense of fun and a hearty laugh.”

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