Simon Burke

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Simon Burke
Simon Burke in June 2013.jpg
Burke at The Way Way Back Australian Movie Premiere, State Theatre, Sydney, Australia, 6 June 2013
Born (1961-10-08) 8 October 1961 (age 55)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976–present

Simon Gareth Burke AO[1] (born 8 October 1961) is an Australian actor, active in films, television and theatre.


Burke began his career at the age of 13 when he starred in Fred Schepisi's acclaimed feature film The Devil's Playground for which he won the AFI Award for Best Actor at the Australian Film Institute Awards. He remains the youngest person ever to be honoured with this award. Since then he has enjoyed great success both in Australia and internationally in film, television, stage, concert appearances and cabaret.[citation needed]

In 2014, Simon starred in Matchbox Pictures/NBC-Universal’s highly acclaimed mini-series Devil’s Playground in which he reprised the role of Tom Allen that he created as a 13 year old. He is the co-creator and executive producer of the project, which this year won both the AACTA and Logie Awards for Most Outstanding Telefeature or Mini-Series.[2][3][4][5][6]

He has since starred in numerous film, television and theatre productions in Australia and the UK. He starred as Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium alongside Connie Fisher and then Summer Strallen. He also played the role of Mr Banks in Mary Poppins in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland.[citation needed]

Burke was Federal President of Actors Equity Australia 2004–2014. He is currently a Vice President of the International Federation of Actors (FIA), a global federation of performers’ trade unions, guilds and professional associations.[citation needed]

On 10 September 2015, at the Queens Birthday Honours ceremony presided over by the Governor of New South Wales, General David Hurley, Burke was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) with the following citation:

"For distinguished service to the performing arts as an actor, singer and producer, and through senior advocacy roles for performers' rights and access to professional development and education programs".

In 2016 he publicly identified himself as a member of the LGBTIQ community.[7]





  1. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours: 519 recipients, with scientists the big winners". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  2. ^ "The devil's in the detail for Simon Burke". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  3. ^ "Simon Burke: from Devil's Playground to gilded Cage". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  4. ^ Giles Hardie. "Devil's Playground is not solely about abuse: Simon Burke". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  5. ^ "Simon Burke and The Devil's Playground demand attention". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  6. ^ Nicole Elphick. "My secret Sydney: Simon Burke, actor". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  7. ^ Gay News Network. Retrieved 12 September 2016


  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 338.

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