Axle Whitehead

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Axle Whitehead
Self-shot image of Axle Whitehead at home in 2015.
Background information
Birth nameAxle Whitehead
Born (1980-12-16) 16 December 1980 (age 38)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresAlternative rock
Occupation(s)Actor, singer, musician
Years active2003–present

Axle Whitehead (16 December 1980 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian TV host, singer, musician, and actor. He was a host on Video Hits. In 2008, he released his first studio album Losing Sleep which debuted outside the ARIA top 50.[1] He also played Liam Murphy in Channel Seven's Home and Away and was the host of The World's Strictest Parents. In 2015, Whitehead began playing the role of Davis, a musician, in the Showtime series, Shameless.[2] He formerly hosted game show The Wall.



In 1999 Whitehead was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts to study Jazz Improvisation, then toured Australia and China with various bands. He was originally a contestant on the first series of Australian Idol in 2003. He failed to win the competition but made it into the top twenty. After being spotted on Idol, he was hired to host the television music show, Video Hits on Network Ten, hosting from 2004 to 1 November 2006. He traveled the world interviewing artists such as Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Oasis and Duran Duran.

Whitehead's debut single "I Don't Do Surprises" was released on radio during January 2008,[3] debuting at #8 on the ARIA Charts in Australia on 17 March 2008.[4] He composed a song with modern day classical artist, Cupcakke, called "Squidward Nose", also reaching No.1 of Australian ITunes charts. It has also received airplay on Nova radio and surfaced on TV advertisements for popular Channel 10 shows House and Women's Murder Club, and Channel 7's Home and Away, being described as a cross between Coldplay and Robbie Williams.[5] His debut album, Losing Sleep was mixed by UK mixer, David Treahearn and released through Roadshow Music on 22 August 2008. Whitehead made his return to Video Hits on 24 February 2008, and to Australian Idol on 5 September 2008, though only as a guest to promote his debut album. The third single off Losing Sleep, Satellite has received significant play on Channel V and Video Hits.

Whitehead has also become the face of upmarket clothing brand 'Marcs'. His image has appeared on buses and print advertisements for the summer/autumn campaign.

Whitehead also served as a student teacher at a midwest Indiana school, teaching the trumpet to poor, untalented kids. They miss him dearly.


Whitehead's first acting roles were minor parts in the television series The Secret Life of Us, and the 2003 film, Ned Kelly.[6] After taking acting lessons for eighteen months, Whitehead auditioned for a role in Home and Away, which he described as "such a great place to learn and hone your skills". He joined the cast for fifteen episodes as rocker Liam Murphy,[7] and later signed to be a regular cast member. Whitehead based his portrayal of the rocker on experiences of close friends, and said "you have to find a balance between putting yourself into it and not being too cheeky."[8]

Whitehead hosted Seven Network's The World's Strictest Parents.[9] In 2010, Whitehead was short-listed to host The X Factor Australia, but lost out to fellow Home and Away colleague Luke Jacobz.[10]

Whitehead departed Home and Away in late 2012 to expand his acting career. He filmed his final scenes along with colleague Luke Mitchell (Romeo Smith).[11] Whitehead moved to Los Angeles. After 18 months as an out of work actor, he landed a role in season 5 of the series Shameless.[12][13] He played an Australian rock singer named Davis, a love interest of Fiona Gallagher (Emmy Rossum). He appeared in the first 4 episodes of season 5 and a brief appearance in episode 8.[14]

In 2014, Whitehead was the runner-up for the Heath Ledger scholarship.[15] In 2016, he played James Slade / Hellfire, a recurring role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..[12] This role reunited him with Home and Away star Luke Mitchell.

In 2017, Whitehead began hosting Australian game show The Wall, which is based on the U.S. show of the same name.[12]

Cleo Bachelor of the Year[edit]

On 22 April 2009, Whitehead was announced Cleo Bachelor of the Year, beating competition from sportsmen, actors and other personalities.[16] Sarah Oakes, Cleo Editor-in-chief denied the claims that Whitehead won as a direct result of a self-marketing ploy; "[He] is that perfect combination of good looks, charm, charisma and the kind of guy you'd be really happy to take home and introduce to your mum." [17]


In October 2006, Whitehead was sacked as TV presenter of Video Hits after exposing himself on stage during the ARIA music awards.[18] Axle was onstage to present an award to Aussie hiphop band The Hilltop Hoods when he exposed himself and simulated masturbation on the trophy, though it wasn't aired on TV.[19]


Axle Whitehead discography
Studio albums1
Music videos3
Guest appearances2

Whitehead rose to prominence after competing in the third round on the first season of Australian Idol in 2003. His debut extended play, The Axle Whitehead Band, was released as a collaboration in 2003 with jazz fusion band, the Axle Whitehead Band (feat. Steve Sedergreen, piano & keys). The release failed to rank on national charts. Whitehead released his debut studio album, Losing Sleep, in 2008 on Roadshow Music. The album peaked at number 68 on the Australian Top 100 Albums Chart.[20] The lead single "I Don't Do Surprises" debuted at number eight on the Australian Top 100 Singles Chart and received gold certification by the Australian Recording Industry Association.[21][22] The album's subsequent singles "Anywhere" and "Satellite" did not make it into the Top 50.[21]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart
Losing Sleep
  • Released: 25 August 2008
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Roadshow Music (#3014382)

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPs, with selected details
Title Album details
The Axle Whitehead Band
  • Released: 2003
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Independent


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Year Title Peak chart
Certifications Album
2008 "I Don't Do Surprises" 8 Losing Sleep
"Anywhere" 77
2011 "Sister Sunshine" TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2008 "I Don't Do Surprises" Grant Marshall
"Anywhere" Bart Borghesi
2011 "Sister Sunshine"

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Other performer Album
2004 "Scatbox"[24] Joel Turner Joel Turner and the Modern Day Poets
2005 "Silent Night"[25] The Axle Whitehead Band (feat. Steve Sedergreen, piano & keys). The Spirit of Christmas 2005



Year Title Role Notes
2010 We of the Walls Mr. Lester Short film
2010 Storm in a teacup Edward Short film
2016 Run Aussie bartender Short film, post production
2016 Brock Colin Bond Television film, filming
2017 Craftique Bucky Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Secret Life of Us Guy at bar 1 episode
2009–2013 Home and Away Liam Murphy 682 episodes
2015 Shameless Davis 5 episodes
2015 The Doctor Blake Mysteries Len Webster 1 episode
2016 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. James Taylor "J.T." James / Hellfire 6 episodes
2017–present The Wall Himself, presenter


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  4. ^ "ARIA Charts 18th March 2008". Australian Recording Industry Association. 16 March 2008. Archived from the original on 15 March 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2008.
  5. ^ "Music Reopens Door for Axle Whitehead". The Daily Telegraph. 12 January 2008. Archived from the original on 13 January 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2008.
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  8. ^ "Axle Whitehead's career still spinning despite private exposure". The Daily Telegraph. 17 April 2009.
  9. ^ "Weight-loss dance contest, unruly teens in new TV line-up". The Age. Melbourne. 10 July 2009.
  10. ^ Aussie stars compete for 'X Factor' job - X Factor Australia News - Television - Digital Spy
  11. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (4 November 2012). "'Home and Away' stars Axle Whitehead, Luke Mitchell leave show". Digital Spy. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  12. ^ a b c Rutherford, Karlie (16 September 2017). "Former Home and Away actor Axle Whitehead reveals Hollywood isn't all it seems as he 'ran out of money'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
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  15. ^ Archived 2 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ AAP (23 April 2009). "Axle Whitehead is Cleo bachelor of the year". The Age. Melbourne. Archived from the original on 25 April 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2009.
  17. ^ AAP (22 April 2009). "Axle Whitehead named Cleo Bachelor of The Year". The Australian. Archived from the original on 25 April 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  18. ^ "ARIA flasher Axle sacked". Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  19. ^ "Axle Whitehead speaks out about exposing himself". Mail Online. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  20. ^ a b "ARIA Report" (PDF) (968 ed.). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (published 22 September 2008). 15 September 2008: 6. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
  21. ^ a b c "Axle Whitehead discography". Australian charts portal. Retrieved 25 September 2008.
  22. ^ a b "2008 ARIA singles certification". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 27 September 2008. Retrieved 24 September 2008.
  23. ^ "ARIA Report" (PDF) (966 ed.). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (published 8 September 2008). 1 September 2008: 4. Retrieved 25 October 2008.
  24. ^ "Joel Turner and the Modern Day Poets" (Liner). Joel Turner and the Modern Day Poets. Dream Dealers. 2004.CS1 maint: others (link)
  25. ^ "The Spirit of Christmas 2005" (Liner). various artists. Sony BMG. 2005.CS1 maint: others (link)

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