Geoff Morrell (actor)
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|Born||19 February 1958
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Geoff Morrell (born 19 February 1958) is an Australian film and theatre actor.
Morrell began his career in theatre acting, becoming a founding member of the Theatre South organisation. In 1983, he briefly moved to England, featuring in a number of productions there.
In 1985, he branched into film acting, with a minor role in a telemovie version of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan. Over the next few years, he moved between film and theatre, starring in productions such as Macbeth and King Lear, as well as several supporting roles in films, telemovies, mini-series and regular series. These included notable Australian films Blackrock and Oscar and Lucinda. He has had guest roles in the series The Secret Life of Us, Stingers and Farscape.
Morrell starred as Harry in Australia's first production of the acclaimed play Away, which was performed by the Griffin Theatre Company and premiered at the Stables Theatre, Sydney on 7 January 1986.
After filming Oscar And Lucinda, Morrell won the role of forensic scientist "Lance Fisk" in the series Murder Call, which screened from 1997 to 1999. In 2000, he won one of his most significant roles to date, as the protagonist of the ABC series Grass Roots. The series was not renewed after the 2001 season, and Morrell followed this with a major role in the ABC telemovie Marking Time, as the father of a boy in love with an asylum seeker.
Morrell won the 2000 AFI Award for Best Actor for Grass Roots, and has been nominated four times, for Fallen Angels (1997), Grass Roots 2nd series, Changi (2001) and Marking Time. He has been nominated for three silver Logies for Grass Roots (first and second series) and Changi (2001).
In 2004, Morrell made a move into the mainstream when he became one of four new actors to join the long-running police series Blue Heelers, on which he played Sergeant Mark Jacobs. In September 2004, there was speculation that the ABC would commission a third series of Grass Roots. However, Morrell stated that the ABC "may have missed its chance", and as he remained contracted to Blue Heelers, would likely not be able to participate if the series did return. Due to family commitments, Morrell chose to leave Blue Heelers.
He has also been involved in the film Right Here Right Now. In 2010 Morrell made a return to ABC to star alongside Richard Roxburgh in the 1st series of Rake. Morrell played the role of Joe Sandilands, a NSW Attorney-General involved in the inside wheeling and dealing of the Labor Party. Morrell's character commits suicide in the 7th episode.
He continues to act in theatre, in addition to films. He recently appeared in the feature film Rogue, and Tony Hayes' feature film debut Ten Empty. In 2010 he began work on the set of Cloudstreet, a television miniseries version of Tim Winton's novel. He plays the role of Lester Lamb.
He lives in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
He is married to fellow actor Caroline Brazier and has two grown up daughters
- Blackrock (1997)
- Oscar and Lucinda (1997)
- Murder Call (series) (1997–1999)
- Looking for Alibrandi (2000)
- Grass Roots (series) (2000–2001)
- Changi (mini-series) (2001)
- My Husband My Killer (2001)
- Ned Kelly (2003)
- Marking Time (telemovie) (2003)
- Blue Heelers (series) (2004–2005)
- Right Here Right Now (2004)
- Bastard Boys (2007)
- Rogue (2007)
- Emerald Falls (2008)
- Sea Patrol (2008)
- Ten Empty (2008)
- Rogue Nation (2008)
- Packed to the Rafters (2009)
- Rake (2010)
- Ragtime (2011)
- Cloudstreet (2011)
- Winners & Losers (2011)
- Home and Away (2011–2012)