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Maggie Downs was born in 1941 in Albury and grew up in Newcastle where she joined Newcastle NT. Her first professional work was with John Alden in 1961. After this experience she put her acting career on hold. In 1968 she acted in Sydney NT’s Postmark Zero, America Hurrah! and Going, Going, Gone (in which she played Sue Becker running a massage parlour) followed by Sabina in The Skin of our Teeth 1969, in a Workshop Red Cross 1970, the revolutionary mother figure Marie in Tom Paine 1971, The Disorderly Women 1971 and The Seagull 1972. Maggie was NT Publicity Officer 1968-9, and for a time a member of the CPA’s Media Branch. In 1978 she organised a Friday the Thirteenth benefit night for Muraweena an Aboriginal preschool which had burnt down. In 1994 she spoke at a memorial for Miriam Hampson and in 2001 compered a major NT fundraiser.

In 1972 she took leave of absence from the NT committee to tour NSW in The Godfather. In 1974 she was in a professional production of Irene and by 1977 was working at The Old Tote. In 1982 she landed a continuing role as a prison officer in Channel 10’s Prisoner: as "The Freak" she gained international recognition. A string of film. television and stage roles followed.

In 1963 Maggie married Northern Ireland born coastal seaman Norman Kirkpatrick at Newcastle. He joined NT in 1969 and as Kirk Patrick played Billy McMahon in the 1972 revue It’s Time to Boil Billy. After the birth of their daughter Caitlin they divorced.

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