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Fiona Spence (born 10th October 1948) is an English born Australian actress who has played Celia Stewart from 1988 to 1990 and again on a recurring basis from 2000 to 2013. Fiona's other major TV role was that of "Vinegar Tits" Vera in Prisoner: Cell Block H.

Pre Home And Away career

Born in Kent, England in 1948. Before Home and Away, Fiona was best known as the bitter prison officer Vera "Vinegar Tits" Bennett in Prisoner, a role she played from 1979 to 1981. Fiona left Prisoner in episode 224 as she was growing 'tired' of playing Vera and the long commute to the Nunawading Studio in Melbourne. Spence confirmed in later years after Prisoner had ended, she would have considered returning to the role, but it never eventuated.

Home And Away 1988-2013

Fiona Spence as Celia Stewart in 1989.

After Home And Away

While working on the show, she attended Monash University earning an arts degree in English. She also made sporadic television appearances during the next several years as a celebrity guest on game shows Cluedo and Sale of the Century as well as making a guest appearance on the television series Law of the Land and as Eleanor McCormick in Packed to the Rafters.

Fiona semi-retired after appearing in Packed to the Rafters.

Fiona appeared in the Celebrity Family Feud episode between Prisoner and Wentworth cast, calling the later "the ultimate compliment'.

In 2018 Fiona, Colette and Val were invited to the set of Wentworth to film a scene for what was supposed to be the final ever episode of the series. The scene was ultimately cut when Wentworth received a 20 episode renewal late in 2019. It was confirmed in 2022 by Colette that the scene was Ruby being released from Wentworth.

Refs

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiona_Spence

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0817761/

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