Josh Lawson

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Josh Lawson
Josh Lawson.jpg
Lawson at the Sydney premiere of Any Questions for Ben? in February 2012
Born Joshua Lawson
(1981-07-22) 22 July 1981 (age 35)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present

Joshua "Josh" Lawson (born 22 July 1981) is an Australian actor.

Life and career[edit]

Lawson was born and raised in Brisbane, and attended St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace.[1] He graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2001 .He also spent one year studying improvisation techniques in Los Angeles at The Second City, The Groundlings, ACME Comedy Theatre and I.O. West. His older brother, Ben Lawson, had a full-time role on soap opera Neighbours as Frazer Yeats, while his younger brother, Jordan Lawson, plays bass in the Brisbane-based band The Gallant.


Lawson has had guest-starring roles in such popular Australian television programs as Blue Heelers and Home and Away, and is known for his appearances on the improv comedy program Thank God You're Here and on the Australian dramas Sea Patrol and The Librarians. He also had a guest role in the comedy Wilfred and starred in several television commercials, including advertisements for Coca-Cola Cherry and Gold Class cinemas.

Lawson also hosted Wipeout Australia with James Brayshaw.[2]

Lawson played Ben in the American pilot Spaced and Shawn on Romantically Challenged for ABC. Since its inception in 2012, he has played management consultant Doug Guggenheim on Showtime's House of Lies.[3]

He frequently appeared as one of the "Uncles" on ABC's Agony Uncles (2012).


In 2006, Lawson made his feature film debut in BoyTown. He had the starring role in the 2012 Australian comedy film Any Questions for Ben?, created by Working Dog Productions.[4]

In 2012 Lawson starred in his biggest role to date, appearing alongside Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in the comedy film The Campaign. Lawson also appeared in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Crave.

His feature directing debut The Little Death which he also wrote and starred in, was released in 2014.

Other work[edit]

During 2006 and 2007, Lawson was a regular guest co-host on the Australian radio comedy show Get This which aired on Triple M. In 2013, he voiced the role of Bob in the Cartoon Hangover short film Rocket Dog.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Day of the Roses, TheThe Day of the Roses Mark Shuttler Television film
2006 Hey Stranger Caller Short film
2006 Charmed Robbery Customer Short film
2006 BoyTown Andy
2007 $quid Chris Short film
2009 Law and Order: Really Special Victims Unit The pianist Short film; also writer
2010 Hawke Grant Nihill Television film
2010 Wedding Party, TheThe Wedding Party Steve
2010 After the Credits Rude passenger Short film; also director and writer
2011 Pet Julian Short film
2011 Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away Michael Sullivan Television film
2012 Any Questions for Ben? Ben
2012 Campaign, TheThe Campaign Tripp Huggins
2012 Crave Aiden
2012 Freeloaders Dave
2013 Free Birds Gus / Settler Voice
2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Kench Allenby
2014 Growing Up and Other Lies Jake
2014 Border Protection Squad Emma Completed
2014 The Little Death Paul Completed; also director and writer
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Wayne Manifesto, TheThe Wayne Manifesto Trevor 2 episodes
1998 Medivac Rob Episode: "Denial"
2002 TwentyfourSeven Tony White Main cast; 13 episodes
2004 Home and Away Felix Walters 3 episodes
2006 Blue Heelers David Murray 5 episodes
2006 All Saints Nick Bagnall Episode: "Tough Love"
2006 Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King ER doctor Episode: "Autopsy Room Four"
2006–2009 Thank God You're Here Various Characters 9 episodes; 3 show wins
2007 Sea Patrol Toby "Chefo" Jones Main cast (series 1); 13 episodes
2007 Librarians, TheThe Librarians Lachie Davis Main cast (series 1); 6 episodes
2007–2009 Chandon Pictures Carmichael Chandon Main cast; 11 episodes
2010 Wilfred Spencer Episode: "The Dog Father"
2010 Romantically Challenged Shawn Goldwater Main cast; 6 episodes
2012–2016 House of Lies Doug Guggenheim Main cast
2012 Lowdown Mark Hardy Episode: "A Bollywood Ending"
2014 Kinne Supporting cast 6 episodes
2015–present Superstore Tate Stasklewicz Recurring role; 3 episodes
2016 Wrecked Eric Episode: "The Adventures of Beth and Lamar"
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Rocket Dog Bob Voice; short film


  1. ^ Wigney, James (29 January 2012). [= "Lawson's ballad about love mimics life"] Check |url= value (help). The Sunday Mail. News Limited. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "James Brayshsaw is no wipeout". Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  3. ^ "Josh Lawson". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Schembri, Jim (9 February 2012). "Any Questions for Ben?". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Roach, Mel. "Rocket Dog". 

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