It’s no reflection on how she feels about being appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO), but Robyn Nevin had forgotten about the award. There’s a lengthy process between being nominated, accepting the nomination and then approval, and between then and now there’s been quite a gap, not to mention a global pandemic.
She is in fact surprised and delighted to receive the Queens Birthday Honour. “I’ve always been supportive of awards and the honour system because they help raise the profile of the profession or the community to which you belong, that’s important. Also for young people’s aspirations. Personally it’s an honour, too, I take it as such.”
The AO recognises Nevin’s work over 60 years as an actor, notably in theatre, but also in films such as Careful, He Might Hear You and, more recently, a surprise comic turn in Upper Middle Bogan. She is also recognised for her work as a director of the Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland theatre companies and as a mentor and role model.
Having received an Order of Australia (AM) in 1981, she says she takes such awards “very seriously”. The only downside of the AM is she kept losing the beautiful blue and gold badge. “They’d fall out – I lost about four or five. There must be a whole factory that keeps churning them out because people keep losing them; they’re both beautiful and a badge of honour. I’m always very pleased to wear mine.”