Richard Roxburgh

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Richard Roxburgh
Richard Roxburgh 2013.jpg
Roxburgh at Tropfest 2013
Born (1962-01-23) 23 January 1962 (age 59)
EducationAustralian National University (BEc)
National Institute of Dramatic Art (BFA)
  • Actor
  • writer
  • producer
  • director
Years active1987–present
(m. 2004)

Richard Roxburgh (born 23 January 1962)[1] is an Australian actor, writer, producer, and director. He has won acclaim for his performances on the stage in productions by the Sydney Theatre Company and others, in Australian films and television series (Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!, Rake), and in a number of Hollywood productions (Van Helsing, Mission: Impossible 2).

Early life[edit]

Roxburgh was born at the Mercy Hospital in Albury, New South Wales, to John (d. July 2011) and Mary Roxburgh; he is the youngest of six children. John Roxburgh was a successful accountant. Richard Roxburgh played Willy Loman in the Albury High School production of Death of a Salesman in 1978.[citation needed]

Roxburgh studied economics at the Australian National University in Canberra,[2] where he resided at Garran Hall and graduated with a B.Ec. in 1984.[3][4] After graduating from ANU, he decided to become an actor and was admitted to the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) on his second audition attempt.[5]

Theatre, film and TV career[edit]

Roxburgh began working with the Sydney Theatre Company as soon as he graduated from NIDA.[6] He came to public attention for his portrayal of New South Wales Police Force detective Roger Rogerson in the 1995 television miniseries Blue Murder. Through the 1990s, he appeared in several Australian film and stage productions including a critically acclaimed turn as Hamlet alongside Geoffrey Rush, Jacqueline McKenzie and David Wenham in the 1994 Company B production at the Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney. In December 2007, he played the lead character, Roland Henning, who suffered writer's block in Michael Gow's play, Toy Symphony, at the Belvoir St Theatre, winning the 2008 Helpmann Award for best male actor in a play.

In 2000, Roxburgh appeared in the first of several international blockbuster films as the main villain’s henchman Hugh Stamp in the John Woo-directed Mission: Impossible 2, which was filmed in Sydney. Also filmed in Sydney was Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! (2001), in which Roxburgh played the Duke of Monroth.

Roxburgh appeared as three iconic characters over the next three years: he played Sherlock Holmes in 2002's The Hound of the Baskervilles, Holmes's nemesis Professor Moriarty in 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Count Dracula in 2004's Van Helsing. He is one of only two actors to have played all three of these characters, the other being Orson Welles, who played them in separate radio programs.

Roxburgh directed his first film, Romulus, My Father starring Eric Bana, released in 2007. This film won the AFI Award in December 2007 and was nominated for several more. In 2008 and 2009, he played the lead role of Art Watkins in the ABC drama series East of Everything.[7]

In July 2010, Roxburgh played former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke in a telemovie based on Hawke's life.[7] He reprised the role in the 2020 episode "Terra Nullius" of the Netflix series The Crown.[8]

In November 2010, Roxburgh co-created and began starring in the critically acclaimed ABC1 television comedy-drama series Rake as the brilliant but self-destructive Sydney criminal barrister Cleaver Greene, a role for which he won the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama in 2012. He stars in Matching Jack, which was released in August 2010, and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, released in September 2010.

Returning to the stage, Roxburgh played Vanya opposite Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and John Bell in Sydney Theatre Company's 2010 production of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.[9] In 2013, he again performed at the STC with Weaving as the protagonists in Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot, Weaving as Vladimir and Roxburgh as Estragon.[10] In 2014, Roxburgh played the title role in Edmond Rostand's 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac at the STC.[11] In 2015, Roxburgh appeared in Andrew Upton's adaptation of Chekhov's play Platonov, titled The Present, for the STC. It was directed by John Crowley and featured Cate Blanchett, Jacqueline McKenzie, Marshall Napier, and Toby Schmitz.[12] That production moved in 2016/17 to the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City for the Broadway debut of Roxburgh and the rest of the cast.[13]

Children's literature[edit]

Roxburgh wrote and illustrated the well-received, 240-page children's adventure fiction title, Artie and the Grime Wave, published by Allen & Unwin in October 2016 (ISBN 9781760292140).

Personal life[edit]

Roxburgh with his wife, Silvia Colloca, at the AACTA Awards 2012, Sydney, Australia

Roxburgh married Italian-born opera singer, actress, blogger, cookbook author, and television cookery show personality Silvia Colloca in 2004. They met on the set of Van Helsing, playing lovers. They have three children.[14]


Title Year Role Notes
The Riddle of the Stinson 1987 Proud Television film
The Saint: Fear in Fun Park 1989 Justin Television film
The Paper Man 1990 'Gracie' Fields Television mini-series
Dead to the World 1991 Johnny
Tracks of Glory 1992 Hugh Mcintosh Television mini-series
Police Rescue 1993 Tim Warne Television series: 1 episode
Crimebroker 1993 Harrison Television film
Seven Deadly Sins 1993 Gluttony Australian Television mini-series
Talk 1994 Jack/Harry
Halifax f.p. 1995 Sergeant Paul Santos Television series: 1 episode
Billy's Holiday 1995 Rob McSpedden
Lessons in the Language of Love 1995 Harry Short film
Blue Murder 1995 Roger Rogerson Television mini-series
Hayride to Hell 1995 George Weygate Short film
Children of the Revolution 1996 Joe
Twisted Tales 1996 Ben Television series: 1 episode
The Last of the Ryans 1997 Ronald Ryan Television film
Thank God He Met Lizzie 1997 Guy Jamieson
Doing Time for Patsy Cline 1997 Boyd Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Oscar and Lucinda 1998 Mr Jeffries
In the Winter Dark 1998 Murray Jacob
Frontier 1998 Superintendent William Hobbs Television mini-series
A Little Bit of Soul 1998 Sir Samuel Michael Voice
Passion 1999 Percy Grainger Nominated – Australian Film Institute for Best Actor in a Leading Role
The Last September 1999 Captain Daventry
Mission: Impossible 2 2000 Hugh Stamp
Moulin Rouge! 2001 The Duke
Blonde 2001 Mr. R Television mini-series
The Hound of the Baskervilles 2002 Sherlock Holmes
The Road from Coorain 2002 Bill Television film
The Touch 2002 Karl
The One and Only 2002 Neil
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2003 The Fantom / "M" / Professor Moriarty
Van Helsing 2004 Dracula Stinkers Bad Movie Awards: Worst Fake Accent - Male
Stealth 2005 Dr. Keith Orbit
Fragiles 2005 Robert Kerry
Like Minds 2006 Martin McKenzie
The Silence 2006 Richard Trealoar
Romulus, My Father 2007 Director
  • Nominated – Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards for Best Director
  • Nominated – Australian Film Institute for Best Direction
East of Everything 2008–2009 Art Watkins Television series; 13 episodes
False Witness 2009 Charles Van Koors
Matching Jack 2010 David
Hawke 2010 Bob Hawke Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole 2010 Boron Voice
Rake 2010–18 Cleaver Greene Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor in a Series
Equity Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Sanctum 2011 Frank McGuire
Ice 2011 Thom Archer Television mini-series
The Turning 2013 Vic Lang
Maya the Bee 2014 Flip Voice
Looking for Grace 2015 Dan
Blinky Bill the Movie 2015 Blinky's dad Voice
Hacksaw Ridge 2016 Colonel Stelzer
Breath 2017 Mr. Pike Filming
Blue Murder: Killer Cop 2017 Roger Rogerson
Swinging Safari 2018 Adult Jeff Narrator only
Maya the Bee: The Honey Games 2018 Flip Voice
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan 2019 Brigadier David Jackson
The Hunting 2019 Nick
Angel of Mine 2019 Bernard
Catherine the Great 2019 Grigory Orlov Television mini-series
H Is for Happiness 2019 Jim Phee
The Crown 2020 Bob Hawke Television series: 2 episodes ("Terra Nullius", "48:1")
Go Karts 2020 Patrick
Elvis 2021 Vernon Presley
Shantaram TBA Marty Nightingalem Upcoming series


Australian Film Institute/AACTA

Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards

  • 1998 – won: Doing Time for Patsy Cline

Logie Awards

  • 2007 – nominated: The Silence
  • 2011 – nominated: Hawke (TV)
  • 2011 – won: Rake (TV)

Stinkers Bad Movie Awards


  1. ^ "Australian Actor Richard Roxburgh" Archived 16 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine by Shaun Doherty, London Academy of Media Film & TV (24 March 2011)
  2. ^ Harvey, Shannon (19 May 2007). "Richard Roxburgh". The Sunday Times.
  3. ^ "Richard Roxburgh". Talking Heads. ABC.
  4. ^ ANU Alumni. "ANU Alumni – Congratulations to alumnus Richard Roxburgh". Facebook.
  5. ^ Lehmann, Megan (1 February 2014). "Richard Roxburgh plays Cleave Greene with conspicuous conviction". The Australian.
  6. ^ "Archive: Richard Roxburgh". Sydney Theatre Company Magazine. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Richard Roxburgh in East of Everything, and Bob Hawke". Herald Sun. 26 August 2009.
  8. ^ Idato, Michael (15 November 2020). "Bringing the drama down under, The Crown breaks the spell of a royal moment in time". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  9. ^ Uncle Vanya at the Sydney Theatre Company
  10. ^ Roxburgh, Richard (9 November 2013). "Waiting for Tamas". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  11. ^ Cyrano de Bergerac, performance details, Sydney Theatre Company
  12. ^ The Present, production details, Sydney Theatre Company
  13. ^ "Broadway season gives Cate Blanchett her shot at a Tony" by Michaela Boland, The Australian, 10 December 2016
  14. ^ Maddox, Gary (19 May 2007). "Proud father". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  15. ^ "Stinkers Bad Movie Awards - 2004". The Stinkers. Archived from the original on 4 May 2007. Retrieved 24 September 2019.

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