From humble beginnings as a stage actor in New Zealand in the 1950s, Nyree Dawn Porter achieved international success via British television. As one of the stars of 1967's The Forsyte Saga, she was seen by over 100 million people worldwide. Following the show’s mammoth success, she was awarded an OBE in 1970 for services to television.
Although she had a considerable career in the theatre, she was among the first generation of actors to make their name on television. Her performances, most famously in The Forsyte Saga and Madame Bovary, gripped a generation of viewers. BBC executive Alan Yentob, in the Daily Mail, April 2001