Brian Rooney (actor)

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Brian Rooney (born in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is an Irish actor with a number of television and stage credits.[1] He is best known for his childhood television performances, in particular the part of Michael Winters in G.P.. He also appeared in the children's television productions of The Ferals in the role of Leonard, and Spellbinder as Alex Katsonis.[2]

Rooney currently resides in Australia.


Brian Rooney first appeared on Australian Television on Network Channel 10 in Adelaide on the Grundy Television show, Pot Luck. He sang Take My Breath Away, but lost to Roy Handley, who performed the Acker Bilk song, Stranger on the Shore.

Nonetheless, both Handley and Rooney were told by the show's celebrity judge, Adelaide based TV and radio personality Anne Wills, that they should try acting as they had the "face for television". Consequently, Rooney auditioned with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a role on G.P..

Rooney began his career playing the street-wise urchin Gavroche in the Australian stage production of Les Misérables. Soon after, he went on to play the character Tommy Franco, alongside Dolph Lundgren and Louis Gossett, Jr., in the 1989 feature film The Punisher.[3]

As a child actor, Rooney became best known on Australian television during the early 1990s for his long-running role of Michael Winters in the ABC-TV series G.P.,[4] and as Brendan Maloney in the 1991 miniseries Brides of Christ.[5] He is also well known for his roles in several children's television programs, playing the part of Leonard in The Ferals (1994), and Alex Katsonis in Spellbinder (1995). Rooney also appeared in a number of made-for-television movies including The Rogue Stallion (1990), South Pacific Adventures (1991), and Pirates Island (1991).[6]

More recently Rooney played the role of Cedric in the 2001 children's television series Escape of the Artful Dodger. In 2010 he guest starred as the character Jones in Rescue: Special Ops (Season 2, Episode 12).[7]



  1. ^ Brian Rooney. Retrieved on 10 August 2010.
  2. ^ Australian Television Information Archive Spellbinder 1: Cast. Retrieved on 10 August 2010.
  3. ^ Tommy Franco. Retrieved on 10 August 2010.
  4. ^ Australian Television Information Archive G.P.. Retrieved on 10 August 2010.
  5. ^ Australian Television Information Archive Brides of Christ. Retrieved on 10 August 2010.
  6. ^ Memorable TV TV Australia – Sons and Daughters to Sylvania Waters. Retrieved on 10 August 2010.
  7. ^ International Casting Service Brian Rooney. Retrieved on 10 August 2010.

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