Shane Porteous

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Shane Porteous
Born John Shane Porteous
(1942-08-17) 17 August 1942 (age 74)
Coleraine, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Education Queensland University
Occupation Television actor
Scriptwriter (Silver Logie Award Recipient)
Years active 1966–present
Known for A Country Practice
Spouse(s) Jenny
Children 3
  • Stanley Porteous (father)

John Shane Porteous (born 17 August 1942) is an Australian television character actor, TV screenplay scriptwriter, theatre actor, animation layout artist and animation voice artist. As a scriptwriter, he is sometimes credited as "John Hanlon". He remains best known for his long running role in A Country Practice as town doctor Dr Terence Elliot.

Life and career[edit]

Shane Porteous was born in 1942, to pilot Stanley Porteous and his wife.[1]

Porteous is best known for playing original character Dr Terence Elliott in the television drama series A Country Practice during its twelve-year run on the Seven Network (1981-93), a role for which he won the Silver Logie award in 1992. He has also won AWGIE Awards for his various scriptwriting projects.

Other TV credits include Catch Kandy, Homicide, Matlock Police, Certain Women 1973-76, The Box in 1974, Number 96 in 1977, Glenview High, The Restless Years, Neighbours, Home and Away, Blue Heelers and Heartbreak High.[2]

He has also written scripts for several television series, including Neighbours and Home and Away, sometimes under the name "John Hanlon".

Porteous has performed in many stage plays, among them Hamlet, Death of a Salesman (1970), the Sydney Theatre Company's production of King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing. In June 2010 he completed a touring performance of Codgers with Ron Haddrick among others.[3]

He was a regular at the Q Theatre in Penrith, New South Wales, and was also the ambassador for "The Q",[clarification needed] which was demolished in August 2005 and moved to the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.[4]

Porteous has also provided animation services to Hanna-Barbera, and has created layouts for the film versions of "The Magic Pudding" and "Blinky Bill".

He is referenced in the popular Australian song "I'm So Post Modern" by the Bedroom Philosopher.


He was honoured for his contribution to scriptwriting and the performing arts by being awarded the Centenary Medal in the New Year's Honours List of 2001.[5]


Porteous resides in the village of Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. He has a wife, Jenny, and three grown children, Fiona, Polly and Ben.[6]

He is the grandson of Gladstone Porteous, an Australian missionary to China.


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