Craig McLachlan is one of Australia’s most versatile actors and a household name both here and in the UK. He has been the recipient of the top Australian television accolade, the coveted Gold Logie and his stage production of Grease held the UK West End all time box office record from 1993 right up to earlier this year.
He is an actor of huge range who is equally comfortable in film, television or stage productions. Craig not only carries with him huge personal charisma but is also not afraid to use it, which might account for his singular popularity across a wide range of audience demographics both in Australia and internationally.
Craig first appeared on television in a guest role on the TV drama Sons And Daughters in 1986. He became famous in 1987 in the role of Henry Ramsay, brother of Kylie Minogue’s character Charlene, in Neighbours, a role which not only garnered him significant praise both in Australia and the UK but also led to an offer two years later to play schoolteacher Grant Mitchell on Home And Away, thereby becoming one of the few actors to achieve popularity in all of the major Australian television dramas.
Craig has also had major success as a singer and songwriter, achieving Australian and UK hit singles with such songs as Amanda (AUS#23 / UK#19, 1990) and On My Own (AUS#23, 1991) and the now classic remake of the Bo Diddley song Mona (AUS#3 / UK#2, 1990).
In 1993 Craig was invited to London to star as Danny Zuko in the popular West End revival of the musical Grease alongside Deborah Gibson, a role he played to great acclaim. If this wasn’t enough in 1995 Craig appeared in the popular British television series Bugs as a freelance agent and electronics expert who, along with his colleagues, worked covertly to combat terrorist threats. Proving that his abilities extended beyond television series and stage productions he appeared in the major television movie Catherine The Great alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeanne Moreau and Omar Sharif.
In 2001 Craig had a breakthrough with the American movie Superfire, the first of many US attached performances, and in 2004 took the role of Kane Morgan in the popular show McLeod’s Daughters. In 2005 he starred as Jeff Kennard in the successful Australian film Hating Alison Ashley with fellow Neighbours star Delta Goodrem, and then returned to London to take over the role of Caracticus Potts in the London Palladium production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, with Richard O’Brien as the Child Catcher. O’Brien had long been a fan of Craig’s ever since Craig played Richard’s greatest creation, Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show in 1992.
Craig’s star shows no sign of diminishing, demonstrated by his appearance as Billy Flynn in Australia and Asia in Chicago, as well as roles in the hit series City Homicide, The Cut, as the handsome gay gardener in the award winning production At Home With Julia, and returning for a second season of the comedy Lowdown for the ABC. He has appeared regularly in the Network Seven hit TV series Packed To The Rafters as aging rocker Steve Wilson, and was cast in Rescue Special Ops series 4 as the ultra-competitive Hayden Bradley.
In 2011 Craig had a guest starring role for CBS television’s NCIS: Los Angeles appearing with Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J. In 2011 as well, British group Rixxel Kicks sampled McLachlan’s Mona for their single Mama Do The Hump, making #2 on the Singles Chart.
Craig McLachlan returned to Australia in 2012 to commence filming on The Doctor Blake Mysteries playing the title role of Lucien Blake for ABC Australia/ITV UK. This series became ABC’s most watched drama for many years. In 2013 he joined the cast of House Husbands as the roguish Damo for Channel 9 and is currently shooting series two of The Doctor Blake Mysteries.