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 36)
Other namesBobby Morley
Alma materLa Trobe University
OccupationActor, television director
Years active2005–present
Known for
Spouse(s)
(m. 2019)

Robert Alfred Morley (born 20 December 1984)[1] is an Australian actor and television director. He is best known for his role as Bellamy Blake in CW’s The 100. 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. From 2014 to 2020, Morley starred 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]

Morley joined the cast of drama film Lost in The White City in 2013.[10] That same year, he was cast as Bellamy Blake in The CW's The 100, which was filmed in Canada.[11] The seventh and final season of The 100 began airing in May 2020.[12] In 2018, Morley completed the Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop.[13]

Morley appeared in the third season of police procedural The Rookie in 2021.[14]

Philanthropy[edit]

On 21 September 2016, he tweeted fans a link to purchase a shirt that he designed[15] to raise funds for beyondblue,[16] an Australian organisation that provides information and support for Australians' mental health. He designed another shirt in 2017,[17] 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.[18][19] 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 Morley Fans Charity Project on YouCaring, in which they auction off signed merchandise they get at conventions and donate the proceeds through the organisation to other organisations such as the ACLU, the JED Foundation, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.[20]

In January 2020, Morley and his wife Eliza Taylor put together a t-shirt campaign to raise funds for the Country Fire Authority, the Rural Fire Service, and the Australian Red Cross during the 2019–2020 Australian brushfire crisis.[21][22] The campaign raised over $30,000 dollars.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Bob Morley and his wife, Eliza Taylor

On 5 May 2019, Morley and his The 100 co-star Eliza Taylor were married. They announced the marriage on 7 June 2019.[24] In early 2020, Morley and Taylor revealed that they had a miscarriage while filming the final season of The 100.[25]

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 Main cast
2007 It Takes Two Himself
2008 Scorched Brendan Television film
2008 The Strip Tony Moretti Main cast
2010 Sea Patrol Sean Episode: "Paradise Lost"
2011–2013 Neighbours Aidan Foster Recurring
2014–2020 The 100 Bellamy Blake Main cast; Also directed episode: "Ashes to Ashes"
2016 Winners & Losers Ethan Quinn Episode: "Cold Hard Bitch"
2021 The Rookie Half-Life Episode: "Threshold"

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 [26]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Chemistry (shared with Eliza Taylor) Nominated [27]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated [28]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated [29]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated [30]

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. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Bob Morley nurses sharper hair cut". Herald Sun. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Indie Drama 'The White City' Casts Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett & Bob Morley". Deadline Hollywood. PMC). 25 April 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Ashurst, Sam; Robinson, Abby (8 April 2020). "The 100 season 7: Air date, cast, plot, spin-off and everything you need to know". Digital Spy. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  13. ^ https://televisionworkshop.warnerbros.com/alumnus/bob-morley/?section=year-2018
  14. ^ Houghton, Rianne (14 May 2021). "The 100 star Bob Morley confirmed for The Rookie in TV return". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  15. ^ Represent.com. "Bob Morley – Official Tee". represent.com. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  16. ^ "beyondblue". beyondblue.org.au. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  17. ^ Represent.com. "Bob Morley's "What's Wrong With Chaos" Tee". represent.com. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Bob Morley on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 25 April 2018.[non-primary source needed]
  19. ^ Williams, Rob (7 September 2017). "Archie from Riverdale to play in charity soccer match at BC Place". Daily Hive. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Click here to support Bob Morley Fans Charity Project". YouCaring. Archived from the original on 25 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  21. ^ "1218241983535140864". Twitter. Retrieved 8 June 2020.[non-primary source needed]
  22. ^ "1218243979918995461". Twitter. Retrieved 8 June 2020.[non-primary source needed]
  23. ^ "1235733615129985024". Twitter. Retrieved 8 June 2020.[non-primary source needed]
  24. ^ "'The 100' Stars Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley Announce They're Married!". Entertainment Tonight. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  25. ^ Coley, Samantha (5 February 2020). "Everything We Learned at Unity Days 2020, Including Teasers for 'The 100' Season 7". Tell-Tale TV. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  26. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2015 Winners: Full List". Variety. 16 August 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  27. ^ Takeda, Allison (1 August 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016: All the Nominees and Winners!". Us Magazine. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  28. ^ Vulpo, Mike (13 August 2017). "Teen Choice Awards 2017 Winners: The Complete List". E!. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  29. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2018: The Complete Winners List". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  30. ^ "Lil Nas X & Post Malone Lead 2019 Teen Choice Awards Nominations: See the List". Billboard. Retrieved 20 June 2019.

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