Officer Joyce Barry (later Pringle) was an officer at Wentworth Detention Centre from Episode 029 - 692.

Work LifeEdit

Originally a minor character, Joyce was first seen in Episode 029 gossiping about Vera Bennett and Anne Yates.
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Joyce seemed to be the officer of choice when an officer was needed but the scene wasn't important enough to warrant Meg Jackson's niceness or Vera's nastiness. Joyce was mainly used to deliver when a fair amount of dialogue was needed. As a result of this it's some time before Joyce gets any history.

Usually, she is shown as very friendly but is considered to be an intelligent officer.  She does show compassion to the prisoners but she is also firm with them when needed. 

Joyce got along with her workmates although she could be one to listen to gossip. Although she had a mostly trouble free time as an officer of Wentworth, even when temporarily promoted to acting Governor during the kidnapping of Ann Reynolds and Meg Morris (498-503), that is until she was taken hostage by Lou Kelly during her escape (491) and later hospitalised when bashed by Eve Wilder (587), 

Personal LifeEdit

Joyce was married before her appearance on prisoner. We see her husband Norm at Meg Jackson's housewarming party and then later at Colleen Powell's leaving party. Norm later died. Norm and Joyce are shown to have at least one child, a son called Jim.

Joyce later married Mervin Pringle the prison chef.


  • Although we see Norm Barry, it was previously mentioned that Joyce's husband was named Terry. This could be explained by Joyce remarrying, but if Terry's surname was Barry, then the chances of remarrying another man with the same surname are quite slim.
  • Joyce had a son called Jim, and also sympathised with a prisoner suffering morning sickness, yet in a later episode, she mentions never being able to have children. In Episode 195, she states that she has two children aged 15 and 12.

Joyce Barry was played by Joy Westmore.

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