Craig McLachlan

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Craig McLachlan
BornCraig Dougall McLachlan
(1965-09-01) 1 September 1965 (age 49)
Long Jetty, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationActor, singer, musician, composer
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Craig McLachlan
BornCraig Dougall McLachlan
(1965-09-01) 1 September 1965 (age 49)
Long Jetty, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationActor, singer, musician, composer

Craig Dougall McLachlan (born 1 September 1965) is a Gold Logie award winning Australian actor, musician and singer and composer. He has been involved in film, television and music theatre for 25 years. He is best known for appearing in the soap operas Neighbours[1] and Home and Away and the BBC One spy drama Bugs.


Craig 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)[2] and Silver Logie, he was contracted to Seven Network's Home and Away playing schoolteacher Grant Mitchell.

A singer, guitarist and songwriter, McLachlan enjoyed international success in a concurrent pop music career. He had hits in Australian and the UK with a remake of the Bo Diddley song "I Need You Baby (Mona)" 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.

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 Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bob Wallace in White Christmas and Billy Flynn in Chicago.

In the mid-1990s McLachlan starred in three series 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, 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 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 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.

In 2011, British group Rizzle Kicks sampled McLachlan's version of 'Mona' for their single Mama Do the Hump, which charted at number two.

McLachlan returned to Australia in 2012 to work on a then new TV series, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, a period crime drama set in Ballarat in 1959–60. He plays the title role, 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.[3]

Personal life[edit]

McLachlan has a teenage son[4] from his relationship with actor Charlotte Avery.[5] He was previously married to Karen Williams and actress Rachel Friend


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
2013House HusbandsDamoRecurring: 3 episodes
Redfern NowJack1 episode: Consequences
2013 –
The Doctor Blake MysteriesDr. Lucien BlakeSeries regular


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  2. ^ "Going for Gold". TV Week (ninemsn (Nine Entertainment Co. & Microsoft)). Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rocky Horror Returns". Stage Whispers. Stage Whispers. June 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Denton, Andrew (18 April 2005). "Craig McLachlan". Enough Rope with Andrew Denton. ABC Australia. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Hall, Loretta (12 February 2014). "Let's do the Time Warp Again". The Weekly Review. Metro Media Publishing. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
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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