Aaron Pedersen

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Aaron Pedersen
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Pedersen at the 2013 Sydney Film Festival
Born (1970-11-24) 24 November 1970 (age 48)

Aaron Pedersen (born 24 November 1970) is an Australian television and film actor of Arrernte and Arabana Australian Aboriginal descent.[1][2]

He is known for his various film and television roles including: Detective Jay Swan in Mystery Road and its sequel Goldstone,[1] Detective Senior Constable Duncan Freeman in City Homicide, Detective Senior Constable Michael Reilly in Water Rats, Solicitor Drew Ellis in The Circuit,[1] and Cam Delray in the Jack Irish series.

Early life[edit]

Prior to his acting career, Aaron Pedersen worked as a journalist with ABV2 at Elsternwick studios in Melbourne.


His acting career began in 1994, when he starred in the mini-series Heartland and was voted Bachelor of the Year by Cleo magazine.[3] He came to notice in 1995 as co-host of Gladiators Australia, an Australian game show.

Pedersen's first major acting role was for Wildside in 1997. In 1999, he played Michael Reilly in Water Rats, for two seasons. His other dramatic roles he have included MDA (in 2002) and The Secret Life of Us (2005).

Since 2007, he had the leading role in SBS' drama series, The Circuit, and in 2007, he began appearing in Channel Seven's drama, City Homicide (which ended in 2011).

He appeared as Cam in ABC Television's Jack Irish series in 2012, and plays Frank Gibbs, an indigenous war veteran, in season 5 of A Place to Call Home. In 2018, he starred as detective Jay Swan in the ABC TV series Mystery Road, reprising the role he played in the movie Mystery Road (2013) and its sequel, Goldstone (2016).


Year Film/Television Show Role Other notes
2018 Mystery Road (TV series) Jay Swan
2017 1%
2017 A Place to Call Home (TV series) Frank Gibbs Season 5
2016 Killing Ground German
2016 Goldstone Jay Swan Sequel to Mystery Road
2015 Spear
2014 The Code Tim Simons
2013 Mystery Road Jay Swan (police detective)
2012-2018 Jack Irish Cam Delray
2008 Double Trouble Kelton
2007–2011 City Homicide Duncan Freeman
2007–2010 The Circuit Drew Ellis Logie nominee in 2009 for the 'Most Outstanding Actor' award
2007 East West 101 Adam King
Too Late Ben
2006 Darklovestory Gil
2005 The Secret Life of Us Corey Mailins
Grange Sam
A Very Barry Christmas Warrun Voice Only
2003 Grass Roots Joe Ventimiglia
Floodhouse uncredited
Queen of Hearts
2002 MDA Dr. Tony McKinnon
2000 Saturday Night Mac
1999–2001 Water Rats Det Snr Constable Michael Reilly
1997–1999 Wildside Vince Cellini
1996 The Territorians Tom Daly
Dead Heart Tony
Crocadoo Billy
1995 Gladiators Greatest Hits Self Host
1994 Heartland
Burned Bridge (Australia)
Clarrie Carmichael TV mini-series


  1. ^ a b c Dow, Steve (19 August 2017). "Aaron's lands". The Saturday Paper.
  2. ^ Kalina, Paul (16 January 2015). "Actor Aaron Pedersen says the fear of 50 motivates him". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  3. ^ "Biography: Aaron Pedersen". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 5 September 2007.

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Preceded by
Host of Gladiators (with Kimberley Joseph)
Succeeded by
Mike Hammond