Craig McLachlan ( FRANK N FURTER )
With a career spanning almost 30 years, Gold Logie winner Craig McLachlan is one of Australia’s most versatile talents. Versatile indeed, considering he is currently entertaining audiences with two distinctly different doctors, the Transylvanian transsexual Dr Frank N Furter, and TV’s crime-solving supremo, Dr Lucien Blake.
His list of television credits include The Young Doctors, Neighbours, Home and Away, Heroes, Always Greener, Superfire, Blackjack, My Husband My Killer, McLeod’s Daughters, City Homicide, The Cut, Rescue: Special Ops, Lowdown, Heroes’ Mountain, Through My Eyes and the smash-hit UK BBC 1 series Bugs.
More recently, Craig has appeared in NCIS: Los Angeles, Packed to the Rafters, At Home with Julia, House Husbands and Redfern Now 2. It is, of course, his on-going role as the complex and compelling Dr Lucien Blake in The Doctor Blake Mysteries that sees him once again delighting television audiences both here and abroad. Craig’s commitment to ‘the good doctor’ was recognized last year with a Silver Logie nomination in the peer-voted Most Outstanding Actor category.
Craig has notched up feature credits in Let’s Get Skase, Hating Alison Ashley, Savages Crossing and The Great Raid.
As a singer/songwriter Craig has enjoyed international success. Here at home, his biggest hit – the re-working of the Bo Didley classic, Mona – won him an ARIA Award. He continues to compose and produce music for film and television.
On stage Craig has enjoyed leading roles, both in Australia and the UK. His theatre credits include Grease, Happy Days the Arena Spectacular, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, White Christmas and Chicago. However, it all started with Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show in 1992… and in 2014, with Frank’s help, he won the Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical.
It’s been 23 years since Craig last invited anyone ‘up to the lab, to see what’s on the slab’, but his fishnets have never been far away. He is delighted to be applying the lippy for the continuing 40th anniversary. Enchanté!