Craig McLachlan

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Craig McLachlan
BornCraig McLachlan
September 1, 1965
Long Jetty, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationActor, singer, musician, composer
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Craig McLachlan
BornCraig McLachlan
September 1, 1965
Long Jetty, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationActor, singer, musician, composer

Craig McLachlan is an Australian actor, musician and singer. He has been involved in film, television and music theatre for the past 25 years. He is best known for appearing in soap operas Neighbours[1] and Home and Away and for being in the BBC One spy drama Bugs. In 1990 he won the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television for his work on Neighbours.


Craig McLachlan first appeared on Australian television in a guest role on The Young Doctors, and went on to be 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)[2] and Silver Logie, he was contracted to Seven Network's Home and Away playing schoolteacher Grant Mitchell.

A guitarist, Craig went on to have international success as a singer/songwriter, achieving Australian and UK hit singles with his remake of the Bo Diddley song "I Need You Baby (Mona)", as well as his self penned "Amanda", "One Reason Why" and "On My Own". His band Check 1-2 went on to tour the UK and Europe.

In 1993 McLachlan starred as Danny Zuko in the West End revival of the musical Grease alongside Deborah Gibson and Sonia Evans. Breaking existing box office records, the initial nine-month season completely sold out before the first week of previews concluded. It was the beginning of a run of musicals for McLachlan, starring as Frankenfurter in The Rocky Horror Show, Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Bob Wallace in White Christmas, culminating in his performance of Billy Flynn in Chicago.

In the mid '90s McLachlan starred in three series of the BBC hit 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, as Stuart Diver in the film Hero's Mountain, and Blackjack with Colin Friels. In 2004 he played Michael Chamberlain in Through My Eyes, an account of the Lindy Chamberlain story and in the same year began work in the recurring role of Kane Morgan in the popular show McLeod's Daughters. McLachlan echoed Buster Keaton as Jeff Kennard in the Australian film Hating Alison Ashley and worked alongside Benjamin Bratt and James Franco in The Great Raid. Most recently McLachlan starred with John Jarratt in Savages Crossing, for which he also composed the film's score.

He appeared regularly in the Network Seven hit TV series Packed to the Rafters as ageing rocker Steve Wilson and was cast in Rescue: Special Ops series 4 as the ultra competitive Hayden Bradley. He has also appeared as Steve, the handsome gay gardener, in the award winning production At Home With Julia and is returning for a second season of the comedy Lowdown for the ABC. In 2011 McLachlan had a guest starring role for CBS television's NCIS Los Angeles, appearing with Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J.

In 2011, British group Rizzle 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 series 1 of The Doctor Blake Mysteries, playing the title role of Lucien Blake for ABC Australia/ITV UK, a period drama set in 1959 Ballarat.


Studio albums[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2


Hands Free


Craig McLachlan & The Culprits


Musical albums[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
Grease (Original London Stage Cast Soundtrack)


The Rocky Horror Show (Australian Cast Recording)


  • Released: 1995
  • Label: TriStar Music


YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum
1989"Rock The Rock" (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2)36Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2
1990"Mona" (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2)3844526162
"Amanda" (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2)24162219
"I Almost Felt Like Crying" (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2)50
1991"On My Own"2359Hands Free
1992"One Reason Why"29
"I Hear You Knocking"
"Time Warp" (with Australian Cast)The Rocky Horror Show Sound Track
1993"You're The One That I Want" (duet with Deborah Gibson)2413Grease Soundtrack
1995"If We Were Angels" (as Craig McLachlan & The Culprits)Craig McLachlan & The Culprits
"Everyday" (as Craig McLachlan & The Culprits)65
1996"Hear The World Cry" (as Craig McLachlan & The Culprits)




1991Heroes II: The ReturnLt. Walter CareyTV movie
1992Mad Bomber in LoveThe Whip
Absent Without LeaveJames Edwards
1995Catherine the GreatSaltykovTV movie
2001Abschied in den TodDet. Const. Steve McNamaraTV movie
Let's Get SkaseEric Carney
My Husband My KillerWarren ElkinsTV movie
InvincibleLieutenantTV movie
2002Heroes' MountainStuart DiverTV movie
2004Through My EyesMichael ChamberlainTV movie
2005Hating Alison AshleyJeff Kennard
The Great Raid2nd Lt. Riley
2009Savages CrossingMory
Amar A MorirNick
2012The Last MatchValShort film


1986Sons and DaughtersStudent1 episode
1987–1989NeighboursHenry RamsaySeries regular
1990–1991Home and AwayGrant MitchellSeries regular
1995–1999BugsEd RussellSeries regular
1999TribeRalph Leyton
2001–2002Always GreenerGreg GrahamRecurring: 5 episodes
2004McLeod's DaughtersKane MorganRecurring: 10 episodes
2005SupernovaAlistair Foster1 episode: Unity
2008City HomicideLeon Grasby1 episode: Golden
2008–2009Packed to the RaftersSteve WilsonRecurring: 5 episodes
2009The CutDutch Holland1 episode: A Falcon's Tail
2010LowdownBen Hollander1 episode: Wasp in Translation
2011Rescue Special OpsHayden BradleyRecurring: 6 episodes
At Home with JuliaSteve the GardenerRecurring: 4 episodes
NCIS: Los AngelesClifford Bosworth1 episode: Lone Wolf
2012Packed to the RaftersSteve Wilson1 episode: Endings and Beginnings
LowdownBen Hollander1 episode: Ben Behaving Badly
Lightning PointKeith Mitchell1 episode: Family Ties
2013The Doctor Blake MysteriesDr. Lucien BlakeSeries regular
House HusbandsDamo2 episodes
Redfern NowJack1 episode: Consequences


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

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