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Craig McLachlan

Craig Dougall McLachlan is an Australian actor, musician, singer and composer. 

He has been involved in film, television, the music industry and music theatre for over 30 years. He is best known for appearing in the soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away and the BBC One spy drama Bugs. 

McLachlan first appeared on Australian television in a guest role on The Young Doctors. He was cast as Henry Ramsay, brother of Kylie Minogue's character Charlene, in Channel 10's Neighbours. After appearing in more than 800 episodes and winning the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television (1990) and Silver Logie, he was contracted to Seven Network's Home and Away, playing schoolteacher Grant Mitchell.

As a singer, guitarist and songwriter, McLachlan enjoyed international success in a concurrent pop music career. He had hits in Australia and the UK with a remake of the Bo Diddley song "Mona (I Need You Baby)" and with self-penned songs "Amanda", "One Reason Why" and "On My Own". He toured the UK and Europe with his band Check 1–2. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1991, "Mona", won Highest Selling Single for Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2. In the following year his single "On My Own" was one of several works by Simon Hussey, who won Producer of the Year.

In 1993 McLachlan starred as Danny Zuko in the West End revival of the musical Grease alongside Deborah Gibson and Sonia Evans. In his stage musical career he starred as Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Caractacus Pott in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bob Wallace in White Christmas and Billy Flynn in Chicago.

In the mid 1990s McLachlan starred in three seasons of the BBC television series Bugs and appeared in Catherine the Great alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Omar Sharif.

Throughout the first decade of the 21st century, McLachlan appeared in around 20 film and television projects, including the American movie Superfire, the television film Heroes' Mountain as Stuart Diver, and Blackjack with Colin Friels. In 2004 he played Michael Chamberlain in Through My Eyes, an account of the Lindy Chamberlain story, and began work in the recurring role of Kane Morgan in McLeod's Daughters. He played Jeff Kennard in the Australian film Hating Alison Ashley, worked alongside Benjamin Bratt and James Franco in The Great Raid, and starred with John Jarratt in Savages Crossing, for which he composed the score.

McLachlan appeared regularly in the Network Seven TV series Packed to the Rafters as ageing rocker Steve Wilson and was cast in the fourth season of Rescue: Special Ops as Hayden Bradley. He played the role of Steve, the handsome gay gardener, in the award-winning production At Home with Julia and appeared in the ABC comedy Lowdown. In 2011 McLachlan had a guest-starring role in an episode of NCIS Los Angeles.

McLachlan returned to Australia in 2012 to work on a new TV series, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, a period crime drama set in Ballarat in 1959–60. He plays the titular role of Dr Lucien Blake, a medical practitioner with a knack for solving murders and annoying the police. The first two seasons originally screened on ABC Television in 2013 and 2014.

In 2013, McLachlan was again cast as Frank-N-Furter in a revival of The Rocky Horror Show touring Australia in 2014. In December 2014, McLachlan revealed that he was unable to return to Neighbours for the show's 30th anniversary celebrations owing to scheduling conflicts and his involvement in The Doctor Blake Mysteries. However, McLachlan agreed to take part in the documentary special Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which aired in Australia and the UK in March 2015.

In 2016, McLachlan appeared in the sci-fi thriller Restoration, playing Andrew Majury.

McLachlan also had a recurring role in the Channel 10 dramedy The Wrong Girl alongside Jessica Marais.

Known For


Cast Credits

Deep Water (2016)
Starring as Kyle 'Hammers' Hampton (4 episodes)
The Wrong Girl (2016)
Starring as Eric (2 episodes)
Anh's Brush with Fame (2016)
Guest starring as Craig McLachlan
The Doctor Blake Mysteries (2013)
Starring as Doctor Lucien Blake (45 episodes)
Adam Hills Tonight (2011)
Guest starring as Craig McLachlan
Lowdown (2010)
Guest starring as Ben Hollander
NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
Guest starring as Clifford Bosworth
Dancing on Ice (2006)
Guest starring as Craig McLachlan (4 episodes)
BlackJack (2003)
Guest starring as Michael Hasler
McLeod's Daughters (2001)
Starring as Kane Morgan
Bugs (1995)
Starring as Ed Russell (30 episodes)
Noel's House Party (1991)
Guest starring as Craig McLachlan
Neighbours (1985)
Starring as Henry Ramsay
Top of the Pops (1964)
Guest starring as Presenter
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