Grant Bowler

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Grant Bowler
Grant Bowler - Defiance Panel (cropped).jpg
Bowler at Defiance panel at the 2013 SDCC
Born(1968-07-18) 18 July 1968 (age 46)
Auckland, New Zealand
OccupationActor, television presenter
Spouse(s)Roxane Wilson (2001–2011; divorced)
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For the baseball player, see Grant Bowler (baseball).
Grant Bowler
Grant Bowler - Defiance Panel (cropped).jpg
Bowler at Defiance panel at the 2013 SDCC
Born(1968-07-18) 18 July 1968 (age 46)
Auckland, New Zealand
OccupationActor, television presenter
Spouse(s)Roxane Wilson (2001–2011; divorced)

Grant Bowler (born 18 July 1968) is a New Zealand-born actor who has worked in American, Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian film, television and theatre.

He is known for playing the role of Constable Wayne Patterson in Blue Heelers and Wolfgang West in Outrageous Fortune. He also appeared as Wilhelmina Slater's love interest Connor Owens in Ugly Betty.[1] In November 2010, he was announced as the host of The Amazing Race Australia.[2] He currently stars as Joshua Nolan on the Syfy television series Defiance.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bowler was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but was moved to Australia when he was young, raised in Brisbane.[4]

In 2011 he separated from his wife of nine years, Australian actress Roxane Wilson, with whom he has two children.[5]


Bowler is a graduate of the Australian drama school National Institute of Dramatic Art, alongside other graduates including Mel Gibson, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Baz Luhrmann and Sam Worthington.

His first television role was as Constable Wayne Patterson on Blue Heelers, from 1993 to 1996. After leaving that show, he spent time on Pacific Drive in 1996 and Medivac from 1996 to 1998. He had recurring roles on Always Greener and Stingers, starred in the television adaptation of On the Beach, spent a year on the ABC series Something in the Air and starred in the 2004 miniseries Through My Eyes about the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain. Bowler had a recurring role on All Saints from 2004 to 2005.

Bowler also hosted the Australian version of The Mole, hosting the show from 2000 to 2003. He was replaced as host on the 2005 series by Tom Williams because of family commitments and hosting duties with Border Security.

Bowler serves as the narrator of the reality show Border Security: Australia's Front Line, a duty which he began as host in 2004, though he stopped appearing on camera after the first season. Bowler starred in the New Zealand series Outrageous Fortune.[6] Bowler's acting career has developed since he first began playing Wolf, but although the character is not in every episode, he has turned down other roles to continue in Outrageous Fortune.[7]

Starting with the season 4 episode "Ji Yeon", Bowler plays the guest role of Captain Gault, the captain of a freighter on the popular American television series Lost. He also appeared in Canal Road.[citation needed]

In 2008, he became a recurring regular on Ugly Betty, in which he played the corrupt CFO of Meade Publications (Connor Owens) who romanced the series' main villain Wilhelmina Slater. Bowler said of his character, "He's got a lot of evil secrets."[8] In December 2009, he was cast in the role of Cooter, a werewolf, in the HBO urban fantasy series True Blood, for that show's third season.[9]

He played Hank Rearden in Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011), the first part of a planned three-part film adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel of the same name.[10] He was also seen in 2011 in The City of Gardens as well as the film Killer Elite.

In 2012, Bowler was cast as Richard Burton opposite Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in the biographical TV-movie Liz & Dick for Lifetime in the US.[11]

Bowler will next be seen in psychological action film, “Swelter”, alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme & Alfred Molina, Sci-Fi thriller “400 Days” with Brandon Routh and Dane Cook, “Lucky Dog” with Amy Smart and the family movie, “Zooey to the Max”.

In addition, he will be seen in the war drama "Gallipoli' set for release in 2015 on Channel 9, Australia.

Film and television credits[edit]

Television series
1993–1996Blue HeelersConstable Wayne Patterson96 episodes
1996Pacific DriveGarth StephensEpisode: "#1.10"
1996–1998MedivacDr. Arch Craven48 episodes
1998WildsidePeter SimmsEpisode: "#1.27"
1999FarscapeShaman LikoEpisode: "That Old Black Magic"
1999–2001StingersSean Peck3 episodes
2000Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost WorldMontague FitzsimmondsEpisode: "London Calling"
2000–2003Mole, TheThe MoleHost10 episodes
2001–2002Something in the AirMark Waters26 episodes
2002White Collar BlueSteve PetrovicEpisode: "#1.9"
2002Always GreenerGreg Steele11 episodes
2004McLeod's DaughtersJarred WuchowskiEpisode: "Fool for Love"
2004–2005All SaintsNigel "Mac" MacPherson20 episodes
2004–PresentBorder Security: Australia's Front LineNarrator105 episodes
2005–2009Outrageous FortuneWolfgang West54 episodes
2008LostCaptain Gault3 episodes
2008Canal RoadDetective Ray Driscoll10 episodes
2008–2010Ugly BettyConnor Owens17 episodes
2010True BloodCooter7 episodes
2011Panic at Rock IslandJim Quinn(TV Movie)
2011–2012, 2014The Amazing Race AustraliaHost24 episodes
2012GCBMason Massey2 episodes
2013–PresentDefianceJoshua Nolan26 episodes
Films and other work
1997Halifax f.p: Someone You KnowBob Palance
1999Close ContactMike Heyns
2000On the BeachLt. Peter Holmes
2001Finding HopeJack
2003NedTown priest
2003Calling Gerry MolloyOliver Laird
2004One of the Oldest Con GamesSam
2004Through My Eyes: The Lindy Chamberlain StoryBlack Rat
2007Fall of Night, TheThe Fall of NightHarry
2011Killer EliteCapt. James Cregg
2011City of GardensJesus Christin post-production
2011Atlas Shrugged: Part IHank Rearden
2011Steve Niles's RemainsTom
2012The Great Mint SwindleRay MickelbergChannel 9
2012Liz & DickRichard Burton
2012I DoPeter
2013Defiance (video game)Chief Lawkeeper Jeb Nolan(voice)
2014Lucky DogPreston Spencercompleted


  1. ^ Shattuck, Kathryn (December 4, 2009). "What's On Today > 9 p.m. (ABC) Ugly Betty". The New York Times. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ Coster, Alice (May 11, 2011). "Grant Bowler hosts Channel 7 and Active TV's The Amazing Race Australia". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia). Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "‘Defiance’ Star Grant Bowler Reveals His Gaming Habits". Comcast TV Blog. March 20, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  4. ^ "Grant Bowler Video: Celebrity Interview and Paparazzi". OV Guide. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Amazing Race's Grant Bowler splits with wife". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia). March 30, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "More New Blood – Both Vamp & Lycan Added to True Blood". Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  7. ^ "Wolf at the door". Otago Daily Times. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  8. ^ "SPOILER ALERT: The Ugly Betty Cast Dishes on Season 3 From (September 16, 2008)". 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  9. ^ "Final True Blood Season 3 Promo Poster Revealed". Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  10. ^ "Atlas Shrugged Part One (2011) : A Utopian Society Made Up of Business Moguls in Fedoras". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Grant Bowler to play Richard Burton opposite Lindsay Lohan’s Liz Taylor". Retrieved 4 October 2014. 

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