Frank n Furter
With a career spanning thirty years, Gold Logie winner Craig McLachlan is one of Australia’s most versatile talents. Versatile indeed, considering he is effortlessly able to entertain 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 includes 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 Deep Water, The Wrong Girl, True Story with Hamish & Andy, NCIS: Los Angeles, Packed to the Rafters, At Home with Julia, House Husbands and Redfern Now 2. It is, of course, his 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’ has been recognized with no less than three Silver Logie nominations in the peer-voted Most Popular Actor category over the five series of the show.
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.
Craig recently received an encrypted message from the galaxy of Transylvania instructing him to find his fishnets and prepare to do the Time Warp again. The Rocky Horror faithful have certainly made it clear that they’d like him and the gang to return for one more lap in lippy… so let’s set the sonic transducer to program eight and yet again give ourselves over to absolute pleasure.