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Martin Crewes is an Australian stage, television and movie actor.
Crewes was born in London. He moved to Australia when he was 10 years of age, and attended the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, in Perth. Other notable graduates of WAAPA include Hugh Jackman, Lisa McCune and Frances O'Connor. Since graduating, Crewes has taken part in many stage plays and musical productions, both in Australia and internationally, and has also appeared in various television and movie productions.
Crewes' stage musical theatre roles include "Lt. Joe Cable" in South Pacific, "Marius" in Les Misérables, "Claud" in Hair and "Chino" in West Side Story. Other stage musicals include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz and Aspects of Love.
Crewes originated the leading role of "Walter Hartright" in the West End production of The Woman in White (in which he starred from September 2004 to July 2005).
For his horse riding role as "Jim Ryan" in the Australian musical theatre production of The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular, Crewes, who could already ride, was given intensive riding lessons by expert riding teacher Steve Jefferys so that he would not require a body double for the difficult riding feats he had to accomplish in the show. Jefferys also taught Crewes the difficult art of being a horse whisperer. Horse whispering usually takes years to learn, but Crewes was able to master this difficult skill in only two weeks.
From 2011, he originated the role of Pasha/Strelnikov in the Australian premiere of Doctor Zhivago. His performance earned him a nomination for a Helpmann Award.
Following this in 2012, he performed in The Production Company's season of Chess as Frederick "Freddie" Trumper. Directed by Gale Edwards, Chess featured Alinta Chidzey, Bert La Bonte, Mark Dickinson, Michael Falzon, Silvie Paladino and Simon Gleeson. and ran for 10 performances (as standard for The Production Company). Crewes was nominated for a Green Room Award for Actor in a Leading Role, the same category as cast mate Simon Gleeson (for Anatoly Sergievsky).
- Nominee (2012) Martin Crewes for Male Artist in a Leading Role ("Freddy" in Chess)
- Winner (2002): Martin Crewes for Male Artist in a Leading Role ("Claud" in Hair)
- Nominee: Martin Crewes for Male Artist in a Leading Role ("Jim Ryan" in The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular)
- Nominee (2011): Martin Crewes for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical ("Pasha/Strelnikov" in Doctor Zhivago)
- Nominee (2002): Martin Crewes for Best Male Actor in a Musical ("Rik" in Oh! what a night)
- "Outside the Arena – Behind the Scenes" — "extras" section of the DVD release of the show
- AussieTheatre.com.au. "Chess Rooked!". Aussietheatre.com.au. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
- Starring. "Cast | CHESS". The Production Company. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
- "2012 Green Room Awards Nominations". Stage Whispers. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- Green Room Awards
- Martin Crewes at the Internet Movie Database
- Martin Crewes – Australian Film Commission
- Martin Crewes and The Man From Snowy River: Arena Spectacular at Post Newspapers Online
- Martin Crewes – at photographer Roy Tan's website
- Martin Crewes – Resident Evil (the Movie)
- Martin Crewes biography at the Cinema Red website