Joyce Jacobs, centre, with TV personality Dr Harry, right, in 2012.

Joyce Jacobs, centre, with TV personality Dr Harry, right, in 2012. Photo: Lisa McMahon

Joyce Jacobs, who played town gossip Esme Watson on the long-running family drama A Country Practice, has died aged 91.

Jacobs had been living with Parkinson's disease for more than a decade. She died in Sydney on Sunday.

Born in Surrey, England in 1922, Jacobs did not begin acting until she moved to Australia in 1962 and joined an amateur performing group.

Joyce Jacobs as Esme Watson on <i>A Country Practice</i>.

Joyce Jacobs as Esme Watson on A Country Practice.

She landed regular roles as Mrs Carson in the racy soap Number 96 and Muriel Palmer in The Young Doctors.

She then appeared as the nosy Esme in the pilot of Channel Seven's A Country Practice (ACP) in 1981, remaining with the show until it ended in 1993. Jacobs reprised her role for ACP's brief revival on Channel Ten the following year.

She later teamed up with fellow ACP star Georgie Parker on All Saints in 1998 and 2000.

In a Woman's Day interview last year, Jacobs said she had been devastated by the recent death of her husband, Ian, to whom she had been married for 64 years.

But she had fond memories of her time on the popular Channel Seven drama.

"The show is like a second family to me," she said.

At the time of her death, Jacobs was a resident of the Goodhew Gardens nursing home in Sydney's Taren Point.

Last year, she celebrated her 90th birthday with fellow ACP cast members.

- with AAP

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