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1 September 1965
Long Jetty, New South Wales, Australia
|Occupation||Actor, singer, musician, composer|
Craig McLachlan (born 1 September 1965) is an Australian actor, musician and singer. He has been involved in film, television and music theatre for 25 years. He is best known for appearing in the soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away and the BBC One spy drama Bugs. In 1990 he won the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television for his work on Neighbours.
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) 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.
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.
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.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2||
|Craig McLachlan & The Culprits||
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Grease (Original London Stage Cast Soundtrack)||
|The Rocky Horror Show (Australian Cast Recording)||
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1989||"Rock The Rock" (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2)||36||—||—||—||—||—||—||Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2|
|1990||"Mona" (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2)||3||8||44||5||26||16||2|
|"Amanda" (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2)||24||—||—||16||—||22||19|
|"I Almost Felt Like Crying" (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2)||—||—||—||—||—||—||50|
|1991||"On My Own"||23||—||—||—||—||—||59||Hands 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)||—||—||—||24||—||—||13||Grease 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)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
- Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2: The Video (featured an interview and the video clips for "Mona", "Amanda", "Rock The Rock" and "I Almost Felt Like Crying") (1990)
|1991||Heroes II: The Return||Lt. Walter Carey||TV movie|
|1992||Mad Bomber in Love||The Whip|
|Absent Without Leave||James Edwards|
|1995||Catherine the Great||Saltykov||TV movie|
|2001||Abschied in den Tod||Det. Const. Steve McNamara||TV movie|
|Let's Get Skase||Eric Carney|
|My Husband My Killer||Warren Elkins||TV movie|
|2002||Heroes' Mountain||Stuart Diver||TV movie|
|2004||Through My Eyes||Michael Chamberlain||TV movie|
|2005||Hating Alison Ashley||Jeff Kennard|
|The Great Raid||2nd Lt. Riley|
|Amar A Morir||Nick|
|2012||The Last Match||Val||Short film|
|1986||Sons and Daughters||Student||1 episode|
|1987–1989||Neighbours||Henry Ramsay||Series regular|
|1990–1991||Home and Away||Grant Mitchell||Series regular|
|1995–1999||Bugs||Ed Russell||Series regular|
|2001–2002||Always Greener||Greg Graham||Recurring: 5 episodes|
|2004||McLeod's Daughters||Kane Morgan||Recurring: 10 episodes|
|2005||Supernova||Alistair Foster||1 episode: Unity|
|2008||City Homicide||Leon Grasby||1 episode: Golden|
|2008–2009||Packed to the Rafters||Steve Wilson||Recurring: 5 episodes|
|2009||The Cut||Dutch Holland||1 episode: A Falcon's Tail|
|2010||Lowdown||Ben Hollander||1 episode: Wasp in Translation|
|2011||Rescue Special Ops||Hayden Bradley||Recurring: 6 episodes|
|At Home with Julia||Steve the Gardener||Recurring: 4 episodes|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||Clifford Bosworth||1 episode: Lone Wolf|
|2012||Packed to the Rafters||Steve Wilson||1 episode: Endings and Beginnings|
|Lowdown||Ben Hollander||1 episode: Ben Behaving Badly|
|Lightning Point||Keith Mitchell||1 episode: Family Ties|
|2013||House Husbands||Damo||Recurring: 3 episodes|
|Redfern Now||Jack||1 episode: Consequences|
|The Doctor Blake Mysteries||Dr. Lucien Blake||Series regular|
- Allen, Robert Clyde (1995-01-18). To be Continued--: Soap Operas Around the World. Psychology Press. pp. 100–. ISBN 9780415110068. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- "Going for Gold". TV Week (ninemsn (Nine Entertainment Co. & Microsoft)). Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- "Rocky Horror Returns". Stage Whispers. Stage Whispers. June 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
- Denton, Andrew (18 April 2005). "Craig McLachlan". Enough Rope with Andrew Denton. ABC Australia. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
- Hall, Loretta (12 February 2014). "Let's do the Time Warp Again". The Weekly Review. Metro Media Publishing. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
- "Craig McLachlan in Australian charts". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "GfK Dtch Charts:Craig McLachalan (albums)". GfK Dutch Charts Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "charts.org.nz: Craig McLachlan". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "UK Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2 Album". Discogs. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "Hands Free Album". Discogs. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "Craig McLachlan The Culprits Album". Discogs. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "Grease Album". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "Rocky Horror Show Album". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "Australian Charts". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "Ultratop Belgian Charts". Ultratop.be. ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts - German Singles". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "The Irish Charts". IRMA 2006 - 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "dutchcharts.nl - Dutch charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "NZ Charts - New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "UK Chart Stats". chartstats.com. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- Official website
- Craig McLachlan at the Internet Movie Database
|Awards and achievements|
for Hey Hey It's Saturday
|Gold Logie Award
Most Popular Personality on Australian Television
for Tonight Live With Steve Vizard
and Fast Forward
|Actor to portray Caractacus Potts