Craig McLachlan

Craig McLachlan
Born Craig Dougal McLachlan
1 September 1965 (1965-09-01) (age 46)
Long Jetty, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actor, singer, comedian

Craig McLachlan (born 1 September 1965) is an Australian actor and singer. He appeared in shows such as Sons and Daughters, Neighbours, Bugs and Home and Away.

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Biography

Craig McLachlan first appeared on television in a guest role on the soap Sons and Daughters in late 1986. He then became very well known in 1987 when he landed the role of Henry Ramsay, brother of Kylie Minogue's character Charlene, in Neighbours. Two years later, he defected to a rival show, Home and Away, playing schoolteacher Grant Mitchell.

McLachlan has also had success as a singer, capitalising on his popularity in Neighbours to score Australian and UK hit singles with pop tunes such as his remake of the Bo Diddley song "Mona" (AUS#3 / UK#2, 1990), "Amanda" (AUS#23 / UK#19, 1990), and "On My Own" (AUS#23, 1991).

In 1993 he starred as Danny Zuko in the popular West End revival of the musical Grease alongside Deborah Gibson and Sonia Evans. Also in that year he married Australian actress Rachel Friend, whom he met on the set of Neighbours. They divorced in 1994. Their characters Bronwyn and Henry had also earlier married in Neighbours.

In 1995 McLachlan appeared in the popular British television series Bugs. He played the role of a free-lance agent and electronics expert, who along with his colleagues worked covertly to combat terrorist threats. McLachlan left the show at the end of the third series due to a disagreement with the show's producers and director.

In 1995 he appeared in Catherine the Great alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeanne Moreau and Omar Sharif.[1]

In 2001, McLachlan had a breakthrough with the American movie Superfire, where he played a fireman who died at the end of the movie. In 2004, he got a recurring role as Kane Morgan in the popular show McLeod's Daughters, but left the show at the fourth season.

In 2005 he starred as Jeff Kennard in the Australian film Hating Alison Ashley, with fellow Neighbours star Delta Goodrem and McLeod's Daughters co-star Rachael Carpani. In 2006, he appeared in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival as a stand-up comedian. His career as a stand-up also included an infamous appearance on the NRL Footy Show where he was heckled by the audience.[2]

In 2011, he took part in the UK Series Dancing On Ice. During the second week of the show, he failed to receive sufficient public votes, and therefore left the competition prior to its official start with Bulgarian ice skater Maria Filippov.

From September 2011, he played the handsome gay gardener on the ABC TV Australia's "At Home With Julia" comedy series.

Theatre

He was at Plymouth's Theatre Royal and Southampton's Mayflower Theatre in White Christmas, based on the 1954 film starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. He starred with Tim Flavin, Rachel Stanley, Ken Kercheval, Emma Kate Nelson and Lorna Luft. He reprised his role as Bob Wallace in 2007 at the Edinburgh Playhouse and the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

From 22 June to 15 September 2007, he played the leading role of Caractacus Potts in the musical version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton.

He also starred as Prince Charming in the 2008 Christmas Musical Pantomime of Cinderella at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton.

McLachlan is currently starring as Billy Flynn in the Australian production of Chicago. He will also feature in the musical's tour of Singapore in April–May 2010[3] and Hong Kong in May–June 2010.[4][5] He has returned to the UK to live and is looked after by INC Agency – Chris Manoe and Antony Read. In his spare time, he updates this page regularly.

Discography

Albums

  • Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2 (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2) (1990)
  • Hands Free (1991)
  • The Rocky Horror Show (with Australian cast) (1992)
  • Grease (with Original London cast) (1993)
  • The Culprits (as Craig McLachlan & The Culprits) (1995)

Singles

  • "Rock The Rock" (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2) (1989)
  • "Mona" (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2) (1989)
  • "Amanda" (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2) (1990)
  • "I Almost Felt Like Crying" (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2) (1990)
  • "On My Own" (1991)
  • "One Reason Why" (1991)
  • "I Hear You Knocking" (1992)
  • "Time Warp" (with Australian cast) (1992)
  • "You're The One That I Want" (duet with Deborah Gibson) (1993)
  • "Grease" (with the original London cast of Grease) (1993)
  • "Hear The World Cry" (as Craig McLachlan & The Culprits) (1995)
  • "If We Were Angels" / "Roxy" (as Craig McLachlan & The Culprits) (1995)
  • "Everyday" (as Craig McLachlan & The Culprits) (1995)

Videos

  • Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2: The Video (featured an interview and the video clips for "Mona", "Amanda", "Rock The Rock" and "I Almost Felt Like Crying") (1990)

Filmography

Films

Year Film Role Notes
1991 Heroes II: The Return Lt. Walter Carey TV movie
1992 Mad Bomber in Love The Whip
Absent Without Leave James Edwards
1995 Catherine the Great Saltykov TV movie
2001 Abschied in den Tod Det. Const. Steve McNamara TV movie
Let's Get Skase Eric Carney
My Husband My Killer Warren Elkins TV movie
Invincible Lieutenant TV movie
Cubbyhouse Bill
2002 Heroes' Mountain Stuart Diver TV movie
2004 Through My Eyes Michael Chamberlain TV movie
2005 Hating Alison Ashley Jeff Kennard
The Great Raid 2nd Lt. Riley
2009 Savages Crossing Mory
Amar A Morir Nick

TV

Year Show Role Notes
1986 Sons and Daughters Student 1 episode
1987-1989 Neighbours Henry Ramsay Series regular
1990-1991 Home and Away Grant Mitchell Series regular
1995-1997 Bugs Ed Russell Series regular
1999 Tribe Ralph Leyton
2001-2002 Always Greener Greg Graham Recurring: 5 episodes
2004 McLeod's Daughters Kane Morgan Recurring: 10 episodes
2005 Supernova Alistair Foster 1 episode: Unity
2008 City Homicide Leon Grasby 1 episode: Golden
2008-2009 Packed to the Rafters Steve Wilson Recurring: 5 episodes
2009 The Cut Dutch Holland 1 episode: A Falcon's Tail
2010 Lowdown Ben Hollander 1 episode: Wasp in Translation
2011 Rescue Special Ops Hayden Bradley Recurring: 6 episodes
At Home with Julia Steve the Gardener Recurring: 4 episodes
NCIS: Los Angeles Clifford Bosworth 1 episode: Lone Wolf

References

External links

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Daryl Somers
for Hey Hey It's Saturday
Gold Logie Award
Most Popular Personality on Australian Television

1990
for Neighbours
Succeeded by
Steve Vizard
for Tonight Live With Steve Vizard
and Fast Forward
Preceded by
Gary Wilmot
Actor to portray Caractacus Potts
2007
Succeeded by
Kevin Kennedy

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