31 May 2010

Actress Dame Patricia Evison dies

11:14 am on 31 May 2010

Actress Dame Patricia Evison has died after a long illness, aged 85.

Born in Dunedin in 1924, she trained as a teacher before heading to London just after the end of World War II.

Returning to New Zealand from Britain with her husband in 1948, she quickly established herself as a leading stage actress.

Later, she became widely known in the early New Zealand television series Pukemanu and Close to Home.

She believed she had led a gentle life, and a happy one.

Dame Patricia, who lived for many years in the Wellington suburb of Seatoun, is survived by her husband Roger and their three children.