Beloved Australian actress Lynne McGranger recently received her first-ever Logie nomination after an impressive three decades portraying Irene Roberts on the popular television drama Home and Away.
As the Logie Awards ceremony draws closer, the Australian television icon has reflected on her illustrious career and the significance of the growing number of nominees over 40, proving that talent knows no age boundaries.
The 70-year-old star previously expressed her gratitude and disbelief at being nominated for a TV WEEK Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress for the first time after her longstanding dedication to her beloved character.
“I still feel like it’s not real,” she told 7Life following the nomination.
“It’s very surreal, I can’t explain it.
“It’s just like why after 31 years I’m suddenly nominated?”
While she is “not complaining” about the nomination, McGranger did find the humour in being nominated after so many years.
“It’s like they’ve gone, ‘Let’s nominate all the old people on the show this year… What a good idea,” she joked.
“Let’s not give it to anyone under the age of 45,’ which is kind of good.
“It’s sort of like old power and it is very exciting.”
Amidst the excitement of her well-deserved Logie nomination, McGranger further highlighted the remarkable and empowering fact that all six nominees for Most Popular Actress this year are women over 40.
“It’s a first for women of a certain age,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle.
“It’s just lovely not to be invisible and I’m sure if those other three ladies were here, they would say exactly the same thing.”
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McGranger is best known for her role as Irene Roberts on the long-running soap opera Home and Away, becoming a beloved and iconic figure in the Australian entertainment industry in the process.
McGranger’s acting career began in the late 1970s when she appeared in various Australian television shows and theatre productions. She gained recognition for her versatile performances and ability to portray a wide range of characters. However, it was her role on Home and Away that brought her widespread fame and made her a household name in Australia.
McGranger joined the cast of Home and Away in 1993, and her character quickly became a fan favorite. Irene Roberts, a strong-willed, independent, and caring woman, resonated with viewers, and McGranger’s portrayal of the character earned her critical acclaim. Over the years, Irene’s storylines have tackled important social issues, including domestic violence, addiction, and mental health