Richard Roxburgh, 2013
23 January 1962 |
Albury, New South Wales, Australia
|Spouse(s)||Silvia Colloca (m. 2004)|
Richard Roxburgh (born 23 January 1962) is an Australian actor, who has starred in many Australian films and television series and has appeared in supporting roles in a number of Hollywood productions, usually as villains.
Roxburgh was born in Albury, New South Wales to John (d. July 2011) and Mary Roxburgh; he is the youngest of six children. He studied economics at the Australian National University in Canberra, but decided to become an actor, and was admitted to the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) on his second audition attempt.
He appeared in several Australian film and stage productions through the 1990s, including a critically acclaimed turn as Hamlet in the 1994 Company B production at the Belvoir St Theatre. In December 2007, he played the lead character, Roland Henning, who suffered writer's block in Michael Gow's play, Toy Symphony, at the Belvoir Street Theatre Sydney, winning the 2008 Helpmann Award for best male actor in a play.
In 2000, Roxburgh appeared in the first of several international blockbuster films when he appeared as henchman Hugh Stamp in the John Woo-directed Mission: Impossible II, which was filmed in Sydney. Also filmed in Sydney was Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! (2001), in which Roxburgh played the Duke of Monroth.
Roxburgh appeared as three iconic characters over the next three years: he played Sherlock Holmes in 2002's The Hound of the Baskervilles, Holmes's nemesis Professor Moriarty in 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Count Dracula in 2004's Van Helsing. He is one of only two actors to have played all three of these characters, the other being Orson Welles, who played them in separate radio programs.
Roxburgh directed his first film, Romulus, My Father starring Eric Bana, released in 2007. This film won (and was nominated for several more) the AFI Award in December 2007. In 2008 and 2009, he played the lead role of Art Watkins in the ABC drama series East of Everything.
In July 2010, Roxburgh played former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke in a telemovie based on Hawke's life. Late in 2010, Roxburgh co-created and appeared in the lead role of the ABC1 television eight-episode drama series Rake. He stars in Matching Jack, which was released in August 2010, and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, released in September 2010.
During production of the film Van Helsing, Roxburgh met Italian actress Silvia Colloca, whom he married on 25 September 2004. They have two sons, Raphael Jack Domenico Roxburgh, who was born 10 February 2007, and Miro Gianni David Roxburgh, who was born 1 October 2010.
|Billy's Holiday||1995||Rob McSpedden|
|Lessons in the Language of Love||1995||Harry|
|Blue Murder||1995||Roger Rogerson|
|Children of the Revolution||1996||Joe|
|Thank God He Met Lizzie||1997||Guy Jamieson|
|Doing Time for Patsy Cline||1997||Boyd||Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|Oscar and Lucinda||1998||Mr Jeffries|
|In the Winter Dark||1998||Murray Jacob|
|Passion||1999||Percy Grainger||Nominated – Australian Film Institute for Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|The Last September||1999||Captain Daventry|
|Mission: Impossible II||2000||Hugh Stamp|
|Moulin Rouge!||2001||The Duke||
|The Hound of the Baskervilles||2002||Sherlock Holmes|
|The One and Only||2002||Neil|
|The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen||2003||The Fantom / "M" / Professor Moriarty|
|Stealth||2005||Dr. Keith Orbit|
|Like Minds||2006||Martin McKenzie|
|The Silence||2006||Richard Trealoar|
|Romulus, My Father||2007||Director||
|False Witness||2009||Charles Van Koors|
|Hawke||2010||Bob Hawke||Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole||2010||Boron|
|Rake||2010||Cleaver Greene||Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor in a Series
Equity Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Australian Film Institute/AACTA
- 1997 – won: Doing Time for Patsy Cline
- 1999 – nominated: Passion
- 2001 – nominated: Moulin Rouge!
- 2006 – nominated: The Silence (TV)
- 2010 – won: Hawke (TV)
Film Crities Circle of Australia Awards
- 1998 – won: Doing Time for Patsy Cline
- 2007 – nominated: The Silence
- 2011 – nominated: Hawke (TV)
- 2011 – won: Rake (TV)
- "Australian Actor Richard Roxburgh" by Shaun Doherty, London Academy of Media Film & TV (24 March 2011)
- Harvey, Shannon (19 May 2007). "Richard Roxburgh". The Sunday Times.
- "Richard Roxburgh in East of Everything, and Bob Hawke". Herald Sun. 26 August 2009.
- Uncle Vanya at the Sydney Theatre Company
- Williams, Jeannie (9 April 2002). "Miranda Otto slips into the 'Rings'". USA Today.
- Maddox, Gary (19 May 2007). "Proud father". The Sydney Morning Herald.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Richard Roxburgh|
- Richard Roxburgh at the Internet Movie Database
- Eyeforfilm.co.uk – Interview with Richard Roxburgh about Romulus, My Father