Ian McFadyen

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Ian McFadyen
Born (1948-07-08) 8 July 1948 (age 69)
Pascoe Vale, Victoria, Australia[1]
Occupation Television actor, director, producer, and writer
Spouse(s) Jo McFadyen, Mary-Anne Fahey (divorced)
Website http://members.ozemail.com.au/~imcfadyen

Ian McFadyen (born 8 July 1948) is an Australian writer, actor, and director. He is best known as the producer and performer on the Australian television series The Comedy Company which ran from 16 February 1988 to 11 November 1990. One of McFadyen's most memorable characters on the show was "David Rabbitborough", a parodic impersonation of British naturalist David Attenborough.[2]

McFadyen hosted the Australian version of Cluedo, and was the creator of the Network Ten sketch comedy show The Wedge.[3] In 2009, he played a vampire in an advertisement for Australian lotteries.[4] He also wrote "The Bounty Hunter", episode 4 for the new Doctor Who spin-off TV series K-9. Earlier in his career in 1983, he played the part of Detective Mears in the iconic Australian TV series, Prisoner.


McFadyen is the author of the book Mind Wars: The Battle for Your Brain, published by Allen & Unwin.[5] He also co-wrote the satirical novel Going Out Backwards (2015) with Ross Fitzgerald.[6]


  1. ^ McFadyen, Ian: "Fond memories of a lost frontier", The Age, 1 November 1983.
  2. ^ Lallo, Michael: The Life of Mammals, The Age, 7 July 2008.
  3. ^ Dale, David: Humiliation becomes family fun, The Sydney Morning Herald Entertainment Blog, 5 December 2005.
  4. ^ Butler, Dianne: Ian McFadyen's new role as Dracula in Halloween lottery ads, The Courier Mail, 26 October 2009.
  5. ^ Bestsellers from Melbourne, New Scientist, 13 January 2001.
  6. ^ Atfield, Cameron (29 November 2015). "A professor and a comedian walk into an authoring partnership..." Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 

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