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Australian Prisoner actress Joy Westmore dies aged 88 following a battle with dementia

Australian Prisoner actress Joy Westmore dies aged 88 following a battle with dementia

Australian actress Joy Westmore (née Grisold) has died aged 88 following a battle with dementia. 

Her passing was announced on Channel Seven’s The Morning Show on Friday.

Joy is best known for playing the bespectacled officer Joyce Pringle in the soap Prisoner: Cell Block H from 1979-1986.

Farewell: Australian actress Joy Westmore (née Grisold) has died aged 88 following a battle with dementia

She also appeared in other classic Australian soaps like Neighbours, The Sullivans, and Blue Heelers. 

Some fans may also remember Joy from playing Mrs. Blanche White in the popular Cluedo game show.

On Prisoner, Joy’s character Joyce was a friendly, somewhat dim-witted officer who was often taken advantage of by the prisoners.

Claim to fame: Joy is best known for playing the bespectacled officer Joyce Pringle in the soap Prisoner: Cell Block H from 1979-1986

Claim to fame: Joy is best known for playing the bespectacled officer Joyce Pringle in the soap Prisoner: Cell Block H from 1979-1986

In one memorable scene, she was brutally beaten by villain Eve Wilder. 

Another storyline saw her kidnapped by prison thug Lou Kelly, who used her to escape from the prison.

Her character eventually married the prison chef, Mervin Pringle. 

Before her work on Prisoner, Joy worked with comedian Barry Humphries and was present for one of the first ever sketches featuring his iconic character, Dame Edna Everage. 

Iconic: On Prisoner, Joy's character Joyce (left) was a friendly, somewhat dim-witted officer who was often taken advantage of by the prisoners

Iconic: On Prisoner, Joy’s character Joyce (left) was a friendly, somewhat dim-witted officer who was often taken advantage of by the prisoners

Remember this? Some fans may also remember Joy from playing Mrs. Blanche White in the popular Cluedo game show in 1992

Remember this? Some fans may also remember Joy from playing Mrs. Blanche White in the popular Cluedo game show in 1992

She also had regular roles on The Graham Kennedy Show and The Ernie Sigley Show. 

Joy got her start in showbusiness in the early 1950s reading commercials for radio. 

She’s previously described herself as ‘not very ambitious’, preferring instead to focus on raising her four children, Adam, Harriet, Lucy and Emily.

She married husband Dr Brian William Westmore in 1960. He died in January while surrounded by friends and family. 

Working actress: Joy also had a few short roles on the Australian soap Neighbours (pictured with Mark Raffety)

Working actress: Joy also had a few short roles on the Australian soap Neighbours (pictured with Mark Raffety)

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