Actress Anne Phelan, best known for playing Myra Desmond in 80s soap Prisoner, has died aged 75.

The stars spell on our TV screens spanned five decades, with regular roles on Bellbird, Blue Heelers, Neighbours and Winners & Losers.

Her most recent role was on hit film Ride Like A Girl.

“She just loved working,” said Marea Jablonksi, director of talent agency BGM who represented Phelan for almost 50 years.

“It was only recently that her health took a very sudden turn for the worst.

“She had an incredible ability to create very true characters – you just believed she was that person.

“There was no trickery to her work, it was just true and beautiful, and she created a whole lot of archetypal Aussie characters.”