Michael Galvin

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Michael Galvin
Michael Galvin 2014.jpg
Galvin in Fiji filming Shortland Street, 2014
Born 1967
New Zealand
Occupation Television actor
Spouse(s) Melissa Dines
Children 1

Michael Galvin is a New Zealand actor, singer and playwright, well known for his role as Dr. Chris Warner on the soap opera Shortland Street, a character he has played almost continuously since the show's debut in 1992, and remains the only original cast member. He is the longest serving soap opera actor in his native New Zealand.

Early life[edit]

As a student, Galvin attended and graduated both Victoria University and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School before performing in numerous plays.


Shortland Street[edit]

In 1992 Galvin, a theatre actor at the time, auditioned for a role as Chris Warner in the upcoming Television New Zealand soap opera, Shortland Street alongside his flatmate Marton Csokas.[1] Galvin won the role, with Csokas later going on to play Leonard Dodds. Galvin predicted the show would only last 12 months.[2] Galvin portrayed Chris for four years, with the character picking up the nickname "Dr. Love" for the numerous love affairs he participated in. Galvin soon grew sick of portraying Chris, being quoted as saying "after four years on Shortland Street there was so much of me in Dr Warner I wasn't sure where he ended and I began."[3] He quit and went travelling to seek further job opportunities.

Overseas and return to Shortland Street[edit]

During this time, he had roles in the television productions Highwater and Coverstory, and feature film The Climb, which starred John Hurt. Galvin was asked to return to Shortland Street in 2000 following a revamp of the show. He returned in the season final much to the delight on his fans. Since returning, Galvin has written many plays including the successful "Station to Station" and in 2007 Galvin was recognised as an outstanding emerging playwright, winning New Zealand's most significant national theatre award, the Bruce Mason Playwriting Award.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Galvin is married to Melissa Galvin with whom he shares a daughter named Lily. The couple married in 2004, but separated 5 years later.[5] He was introduced to Melissa through on screen girlfriend Angela Bloomfield (Rachel McKenna).


Year Film Role Other notes
1989 Ray Bradbury Theatre Runner TV series
1990 Shark in the Park Alistair TV series
Neighbourhood Watch Dennis TV series
Safe Sex Simon TV series
1991 Coverstory Mark Churchill TV series
1992 Highwater Jeremy TV series
Charity Queens Jonty TV series
Shortland Street Dr. Chris Warner TV series
Nominated – Qantas TV and Film awards 2008 Best Actor
1997 Highwater Jeremy TV movie
1998 The Climb Father Cronin
2001 What Now! 20th Birthday Special Himself TV series
2002 Strassman Himself TV series
2007 The Devil Dared Me To Good Looking Actor

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Star likes Dr Warners medicine". Stuff. May 2010. Retrieved August 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Shortie's old enough to vote". The New Zealand Herald. May 2010. Retrieved August 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Peter Feeney on Michael Galvin". January 2011. Retrieved July 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Shortland Street star picks up national playwriting award", thebigidea.co.nz
  5. ^ "Michael Galvin: the man behind Chris Warner". New Idea. Yahoo! New Zealand. 22 May 2012.