Brendan Cowell

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Brendan Cowell
Brendan Cowell on February 10, 2013.jpg
Born (1976-08-16) 16 August 1976 (age 37)
Sydney, Australia

Brendan Cowell (born 16 August 1976) is an Australian actor, screenwriter and director. Cowell was born in Sydney, Australia. He stumbled upon acting by accident while waiting for his sister to come out of a rehearsal; he was then cast in a commercial at age 8. He went to Charles Sturt University, in Bathurst, to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Media,[1] originally considering journalism as a career option.

Although he is generally known as a fine actor, he also has some similarly off-putting screen credits to his name, such as writing and directing. He won the Patrick White Playwrights' Award for his third play Bed[2] along with a collection of other awards. [3] His play Ruben Guthrie showed at the Belvoir St Theatre in 2009 to sell-out houses.[4] It has a new production at La Boite Theatre in 2011, starring Gyton Grantley and directed by David Berthold.[5] His most famous acting role is playing the enigmatic Tom on Australian cable TV's Love My Way, for which he also wrote several episodes, and playing Todd for the first two seasons on Life Support on SBS TV, for which he also wrote sketches.[6]

His most recent foray into film have included roles in the 2007 crime drama Noise, World War 1 war film Beneath Hill 60 and romantic comedy I Love You Too. He won some acclaim for his portrayal of the title role in Bell Shakespeare's 2008 Production of Hamlet[7] and acted in Sydney Theatre Company's production of True West, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, in 2010.[8] Brendan lives in Newtown, New South Wales Sydney and is a committed supporter of the Cronulla Sharks rugby league team.

He recently published his first novel: How it Feels.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Brendan was born to parents Yvonne and Bruce 'Bruiser' Cowell. He has two older sisters, Belinda and Jacqui (who was part of pop group Girlfriend). Was a self-confessed loner at primary school, which he said was due to his reading poems out at assembly and making up little plays and forcing people to watch them. Dated Rose Byrne for six years until they amicably parted ways in early 2010.[10]

Acting credits[edit]

Writing[edit]

Director[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Sydney Theatre Company - Patrick White Playwrights’ Award". Sydneytheatre.com.au. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
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  4. ^ "Ruben Guthrie, Productions | Belvoir St Theatre". Belvoir.com.au. 2009-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  5. ^ "All things Ruben Guthrie: An Interview with David Berthold (La Boite)". Aussietheatre.com.au. 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
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  8. ^ a b "True West | Sydney Theatre Company". Australianstage.com.au. 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  9. ^ Theo Chapman. "How It Feels | Book Review | Brendan Cowell's First Novel". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  10. ^ "Rose Byrne and Brendan Cowell split". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
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