Bob Morley

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Bob Morley
Bob Morley by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Morley at 2016 WonderCon
Born
Robert Alfred Morley

(1984-12-20) 20 December 1984 (age 34)
Other namesBobby Morley
Alma materLa Trobe University
OccupationActor, television director
Years active2005–present
Known for
Spouse(s)
Eliza Taylor (m. 2019)

Robert Alfred Morley (born 20 December 1984)[1] is an Australian actor and television director. After appearing in various theatre productions and short films, Morley was cast as Drew Curtis in Home and Away in 2006. For the role, he received a nomination for the Most Popular New Male Talent Logie Award. Morley appeared on It Takes Two in 2007 and following his departure from Home and Away, he joined the cast of The Strip. Morley was cast as Aidan Foster in Neighbours, in 2011 and he starred in the feature film Blinder in 2013. As of 2014, Morley stars as Bellamy Blake on The 100.

Early life[edit]

Morley is the son of a Filipina mother and an Australian Irish father, who died when he was young.[2] Morley has two older sisters and one older brother.[1] He grew up on a farm in Kyneton, a small country town in Victoria,[2] and studied drama at school all the way through to Year 11, until he was asked not to continue.[3] Morley told The Age that he was a naughty student and did not take things seriously.[3] After he completed year 12, Morley moved to Melbourne and began an engineering degree.[2] A year later, he decided to enroll in Creative Arts at the La Trobe University and he got himself an agent.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Morley began his career by acting in various university theatre productions, short films and plays including Falling to Perfect and Tale From Vienna Woods.[1][3] Morley appeared in the 2005 low-budget horror film Dead Harvest directed by Damian Scott[1] and as an extra in the soap opera Neighbours. That same year he got a part in Angels with Dirty Faces and his performance brought him to the attention of the Home and Away casting directors.[3] Morley joined the cast of Home and Away as Drew Curtis in 2006.[3] For his role as Drew, Morley was nominated for the Most Popular New Male Talent Logie Award.[4] Morley appeared in the second series of the Australian celebrity singing competition series It Takes Two from May 2007. On 12 June 2007, he was voted off after six weeks on the show – even though he received his highest score that night. In 2008, Morley departed Home and Away and he was cast as Tony Moretti in the Nine Network's 2008 action drama series The Strip.[5] The series was cancelled due to low ratings and did not return for a second series. He went on to appear in the 2008 Nine Network's Scorched.[2] Morley was nominated for Cleo magazine's "Bachelor of the Year" award.

In 2009, he starred as Lorca in the play Palindrome for a Dead Poet. The following year, Morley featured in season four of Sea Patrol in the 5th episode titled "Paradise Lost".[6] In 2011, he starred in the Australian thriller Road Train directed by Dean Francis.[7] The picture was released in North America as Road Kill. In June 2011, it was announced that Morley had joined the cast of Neighbours as Aidan Foster, a love interest for Chris Pappas (James Mason).[8] Morley and Mason's characters formed the show's first gay couple.[8] Morley took a ten-week break from the soap to appear in Blinder, a feature film about Australian rules football.[9] He returned to the set of Neighbours in early June 2012.[9]

On 21 February 2013, Philiana Ng and Lesley Goldberg from The Hollywood Reporter reported that Morley had been cast as Bellamy in The CW's The 100 which is filmed in Canada.[10] As of 2019, The 100 is airing its sixth season. Morley began filming a role for the drama Lost in The White City in June 2013.[11]

In 2018, Morley completed the Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop.[12]

Philanthropy[edit]

On 21 September 2015, he tweeted fans a link to purchase a shirt that he designed[13] in order to raise funds for beyondblue,[14] an Australian organization that provides information and support for Australians' mental health. He designed another shirt in 2017,[15] in which the campaign proceeds were donated to the JED Foundation, a non-profit for the protection of emotional health and the prevention of suicide.

In September 2017, he joined fellow The 100 cast mates to participate in the BC Children's Hospital Benefit Soccer match in Vancouver, Canada.[16][17] During the match Whitecaps Alumni and other Hollywood Stars took to the pitch at BC Place in support of the charity.

Fans have set up a charity project in his name, the Bob Morely Fans Charity Project on YouCaring, in which they auction off signed merchandise they get at conventions and donate the proceeds through the organization to other organizations such as the ACLU, the JED Foundation, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.[18]

Personal life[edit]

On 7 June 2019, Morley announced he and his The 100 co-star Eliza Taylor were married.[19] According to Manana Hills Estate and Rev. James Chun, who officiated the wedding, Morley and Taylor got married on 6 May 2019.[20][21]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2010 Road Train Craig
2013 Blinder Nick
2014 Lost in the White City Avi

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006–2008 Home and Away Drew Curtis 148 episodes
2007 It Takes Two Himself 7 episodes
2008 Scorched Brendan Television film
2008 The Strip Tony Moretti 13 episodes
2010 Sea Patrol Sean Episode: "Paradise Lost"
2011–2013 Neighbours Aidan Foster 50 episodes
2014–present The 100 Bellamy Blake 81 episodes
2016 Winners & Losers Ethan Quinn Episode: "Cold Hard Bitch"

As director[edit]

Year Title Notes
2019 The 100 Episode: "Ashes to Ashes"


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work / nominee Result Ref.
2007 Logie Awards Most Popular New Male Talent Home and Away Nominated [4]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi The 100 Nominated [22]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Chemistry (shared with Eliza Taylor) Nominated [23]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated [24]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated [25]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated [26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Bobby Morley". Yahoo!7. Archived from the original on 6 January 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e Kalina, Paul (9 October 2008). "An actor going through a stage". The Age. p. 16. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e Gallagher, Heather (13 August 2006). "Yak Attack – Bobby Morley, 21, actor". The Age. p. 29. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Logie Award nominations". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  5. ^ Ellis, Scott (21 September 2008). "Star sheds teen image". The Sun-Herald. p. 5. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  6. ^ Creepy, Uncle (5 November 2009). "AFM: Take the Road Train to Terror". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  7. ^ Creepy, Uncle (7 July 2010). "New Clip and Stills from Road Kill". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  8. ^ a b Dennehy, Luke (19 June 2011). "TV soap introduces new gay character". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Bob Morley nurses sharper hair cut". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  10. ^ Ng, Philiana; Goldberg, Lesley (21 February 2013). "The CW's 'Hundred' Casts Aussie Soap Star and 'Emily Owens' Actor (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Indie Drama 'The White City' Casts Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett & Bob Morley". Deadline Hollywood. (PMC). 25 April 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  12. ^ https://televisionworkshop.warnerbros.com/alumnus/bob-morley/?section=year-2018
  13. ^ Represent.com. "Bob Morley - Official Tee". represent.com. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  14. ^ "beyondblue". www.beyondblue.org.au. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  15. ^ Represent.com. "Bob Morley's "What's Wrong With Chaos" Tee". represent.com. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Bob Morley on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  17. ^ Williams, Rob (7 September 2017). "Archie from Riverdale to play in charity soccer match at BC Place". Daily Hive. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Click here to support Bob Morley Fans Charity Project". YouCaring. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  19. ^ "'The 100' Stars Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley Announce They're Married!". Entertainment Tonight. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  20. ^ "Manana Hills Estate on Instagram: "It was the perfect day for a wedding and to try out our new arbor. Minister @oahuminister #hawaiiweddingceremony #inimatemoments…"". Instagram. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  21. ^ "Rev. James Chun on Instagram: "What an honor to officiate over the ceremony of two amazing souls. So warm and tender with one another. Congratulations Eliza + Bob.…"". Instagram. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  22. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2015 Winners: Full List". Variety. 16 August 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  23. ^ Takeda, Allison (1 August 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016: All the Nominees and Winners!". Us Magazine. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  24. ^ Vulpo, Mike (13 August 2017). "Teen Choice Awards 2017 Winners: The Complete List". E!. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  25. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  26. ^ "Lil Nas X & Post Malone Lead 2019 Teen Choice Awards Nominations: See the List". Billboard. Retrieved 20 June 2019.

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