Prisoner of Melbourne: Franky Doyle

by Mister SF on 04/11/2009

Mister SF’s Roadshow: Prisoner of Melbourne

Carol Burns is Franky Doyle. One of Prisoner’s most remembered roles is also one of its three prominent lesbian characters. Though she appeared only in Episodes 1-20, the explosively violent, nasty, illiterate dyke Franky became an icon of the lesbian community after she was rejected by reading teacher Karen Travers and was later shot in the chest during a botched robbery committed while out on escape.

Burns’ turn as Franky is renowned by audiences and acting circles alike. The role is in stark contrast to Burns’ own elegant real-life personality.

Franky Doyle is an icon of troubled youth. The character is used as a reference by Australian social workers with the message: don’t let this happen to you.

Burns developed Franky’s voice and snicker after hearing two young boys on a train.

In 1980, Los Angeles dykes held a bikey wake for Franky when the character bit the dust during Prisoner’s original short-lived American run in syndication.

Mr. and Mister SF with Carol Burns aka Franky Doyle.

Carol Burns as Franky Doyle.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie 03/31/2011 at 2:21 pm

I LOVE Frankie Doyle!! She’s my favourite Prisoner character and I always thought if I was stuck in Wentworth I’d be her friend LOL :) Love and miss you Frankie xxx

Kat 12/26/2011 at 6:23 am

I grew up watching the prisoner series from beginning
To end Ioved ir then this Christmas my son gave me the
Box set as a gift AWESOME best gift ever!!!!!
I’m having such fun re-living it all over again and educating
My kids on my childhood in the 7o’s
Thanxs for such an iconic awesome series

Trish 01/20/2012 at 4:07 am

Frankie was great

sadie 03/05/2012 at 2:16 am

i love prisoner cell block h i cried so much when franky got shot :’,(

Stacie 03/16/2013 at 11:28 am

I love Prisoner and I love Franky Doyle. I like when she causes the riot in the dining area.

Loz 09/14/2014 at 2:26 pm

My mum told me about Prisoner. Been addicted ever since. Absolutely love Franky – wished she stayed longer.

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