Lynne McGranger

Photo: Lynne McGranger

Lynne has been an active supporter of ChildFund Australia's international development work for over 10 years and is currently sponsoring Linh, a young girl who lives in Vietnam.

Lynne is best known for her role as Irene on the Australian soap Home and Away, which she has played for almost two decades. Her first love however, has always been the stage. Before deciding to pursue her career in acting, Lynne was a primary school teacher but soon realised the classroom lacked the atmosphere only a theatre could provide.

Lynne began training as an actor at Sydney's Q Theatre Workshops in 1977. After performing in a number of productions at the Q, she joined a performance company in Albury and was involved in writing and performing numerous locally-themed dramas, comedies and musicals.

Following a move to Melbourne in 1988, Lynne became involved in stand-up comedy and cabaret, giving her the opportunity to perform to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Arts Festivals in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

During the 1980s, Lynne appeared in numerous guest roles on television, including A Country Practice and Flying Doctors. After a guest appearance on Home & Away in 1992, she was asked to take on a permanent role and is now the second-longest serving cast member on the show.

To satisfy her love of the stage, most Christmas holidays Lynne can be found waving her magic wand in pantos all over England. She has also appeared as Sarah in Harold Pinter's The Lover at the Q Theatre, and Mum in Lorrae Desnond's Honey at the Parramatta Riverside Theatre.