Andrew McFarlane (Australian actor)

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Andrew McFarlane
Born (1951-06-06) 6 June 1951 (age 63)
Albany, Western Australia

Andrew McFarlane (born 6 June 1951) is an Australian actor with several stage and screen credits.[1]


McFarlane was born in Albany, Western Australia. After the family moved to Melbourne he attended Camberwell Grammar School and was involved in school plays and school cadets. After making his TV debut in Crawfords police dramas Homicide and Matlock Police, he won a recurring on Division 4 before joining World War II soap opera The Sullivans as initially intellectual oldest son John Sullivan.[2] He left the series after eighteen months and in the storyline John was reported missing in action - the writers left his final fate unresolved in the hope McFarlane would return to the show. McFarlane returned to the role in the TV movie The John Sullivan Story.[1] The role gained McFarlane a Sammy Award for best supporting actor in a TV series in 1977.[3]

He later took the lead role in the miniseries The Flying Doctors, reprising the role in the on-going series that followed. Again he left the series after 16 episodes at the height of its popularity; however, he returned in the fifth season for another 37 episodes. He also appeared in Rafferty's Rules as "Police Prosecutor Gibson". McFarlane has since played the father of Tasha Andrews father in soap opera Home and Away, and in 2005 played Bobby Hoyland in the soap opera Neighbours.[2]

He has also been a Play School presenter since 2000 [4] and was also one of Governor Phillip's people on Australian History on ABC. He acted in the TV series Spellbinder as Brian Reynolds, Paul's father and played Hugh Delaney in the miniseries The Alice. In 2009 he portrayed prominent Australian anti-drugs campaigner and murder victim Donald Mackay in the series Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.[4]

McFarlane appeared in a musical for the first time in 2010; Fame - the Musical at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney.[5]


Year Title Role
1972 Homicide Man
1974 Matlock Police Ben Reid
1974-1976 Division 4 Const. Roger Wilson
1976 The Sullivans John Sullivan
1976 Break of Day Tom Cooper
1977 Harness Fever Doone Boyd
1978 Case for the Defence Johnny
1979 The John Sullivan Story John Sullivan
1979 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Doone Boyd
1979 Patrol Boat Lt David Keating
1981 Doctors & Nurses Milligan
1982 1915 Robert Gillen
1985 The Flying Doctors (miniseries) Dr. Tom Callaghan
1985 I Can't Get Started Freddy
1987 Rafferty's Rules Police Prosecutor
1988 Barracuda (Also known as "The Rocks") TV series pilot/telemovie Det. Sgt. Mark Castelli
1988 Boulevard of Broken Dreams Jonathon Lovel
1986-1991 The Flying Doctors (series) Dr. Tom Callaghan
1993 Time Trax George Whitman
1993 Paradise Beach Gordon
1993 G.P. Malcolm Henderson
1994 Halifax f.p: Acts of Betrayal Owen Toser
1995 Spellbinder Brian Reynolds
1998 Heartbreak High Jeff Scheppers
1998 The Violent Earth Tom Sutton
1999 All Saints David Miller
1999 Murder Call Adrian MacKerras
1999 Little White Lies Mark Lynch
1999 Blue Heelers Mark Powers
1999 Airtight Conrad
2000 Tales of the South Seas Unknown
2000-2001 Water Rats Doug McLaren & Patrick Kernaghan
2001 The Day of the Roses Public Servant
2002 Heroes' Mountain Mike Sodergren
2003 Tempted Mike
2004 The Alice Hugh Delaney
2004 Through My Eyes John Phillips Q.C.
2004 Home and Away Ian Osbourne
2005 Neighbours Bobby Hoyland
2005 Blue Water High Warren
2005-2006 The Alice Hugh Delaney
2007 Razzle Dazzle Trevor Morgan
2008 Emerald Falls Dr. Henry Forbes
2008 Dream Life Daniel
2009 Underbelly Donald Mackay
2009 Bourke Boy John


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