16 Facts About Robyn Nevin


Robyn Anne Nevin is an Australian actress, director, and stage producer, recognised with the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards and the JC Williamson Award at the Helpmann Awards for her outstanding contributions to Australian theatre performance art.


Robyn Nevin was born in Melbourne, to Josephine Pauline Casey and William George Nevin.


Robyn Nevin was educated at Genazzano Convent until the age of 11, when she moved with her family to Hobart, Tasmania, and was enrolled at the Fahan School, a non-denominational school for girls.


Robyn Nevin's parents were conservative and conventional, her father the managing director of Dunlop Australia, her mother a housewife, so to enter the National Institute of Dramatic Art at the age of 16 in the very first intake in 1959 was a brave step, in which she was fully supported by her parents.


Robyn Nevin gravitated back to theatre, where she has been a constant presence for the last 40 years.


Robyn Nevin made one foray into directing in The More Things Change.


Robyn Nevin has performed in a range of roles at the Sydney Theatre Company, beginning in 1979 as Miss Docker in A Cheery Soul by Patrick White ; and including as Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac in 1981; as Ranyevskaya in The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov in 2005; and as Mrs Venable in Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams in 2015.


Robyn Nevin has been married twice, most notably in her second marriage to "prison playwright" Jim McNeil.


Robyn Nevin currently lives with her partner, US-born actor and screenwriter Nicholas Hammond.


Robyn Nevin has won multiple Helpmann, Green Room and Sydney Theatre Awards for her theatre work.


Robyn Nevin had already won Logies as 'Most Popular Female' in Tasmania in 1965 and 1967 during her stint at the ABC.


Robyn Nevin was promoted to Officer in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours for " distinguished service to the performing arts as an acclaimed actor and artistic director, and as a mentor and role model ".


Robyn Nevin was associate artistic director from 1984 to 1987, and first artistic director from 1999 to 2007, producing twenty plays.


Robyn Nevin has acted in twenty-seven productions of the company.


Robyn Nevin directed four plays in the 90s and she was the artistic director of the company with Pamela Rabe, Aidan Fennessy in 2012.


Robyn Nevin has acted in fourteen productions of the company.