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Country of origin
No. of episodes 13
– 6 November 2011
, the fourth series of the Australian Underbelly: Razor Nine Network crime drama anthology series , originally aired from 21 August 2011 to 6 November 2011. It is a thirteen-part series detailing real events that occurred in Sydney between 1927 and 1936. The series depicts the " Underbelly razor gangs" who controlled the city's underworld during the era and the violent war between the two "vice queen" powers, Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh. It is also the last season in the Underbelly franchise that contains 13 episodes.
In contrast to the previous
Underbelly installments, which were based on books by John Silvester and Andrew Rule, Razor is based on the Ned Kelly Award-winning book of the same name, written by Larry Writer.
Synopsis [ edit ]
Razor is set during the " Roaring Twenties" and 1930s, mainly between 1927 and 1936 in Sydney, when organised crime in Australia became more prominent. The series details the story of the bloody battle between the era's most feared "vice queens", Tilly Devine and her rival Kate Leigh, plus the "razor gangs" which controlled the Sydney underworld during that time. Embroiled in the violence is the country's still-young police force and a young girl called Nellie Cameron, determined to lose her innocence and destined to become the most famous prostitute in the land.
Main cast [ edit ]
Danielle Cormack as Kate Leigh, rival of the Devines and sly grog queen
Chelsie Preston Crayford as Tilly Devine, brothel madam
Anna McGahan as Nellie Cameron, a notorious prostitute embroiled in the violence of the era
Jack Campbell as "Big Jim" Devine, Tilly Devine's husband
John Batchelor as Wally Tomlinson, business associate and boyfriend of Kate Leigh
Khan Chittenden as Frank "The Little Gunman" Green, notorious criminal and assassin
Richard Brancatisano as Guido Calletti, feared gangland figure and Nellie Cameron's first husband
Craig Hall as Detective Inspector Bill Mackay, part of the country's young police force
Lucy Wigmore as Lillian May Armfield, one of Australia's first policewomen
Steve Le Marquand as Sergeant Tom Wickham, a member of New South Wales' first drug "squad"
Recurring and guest cast [ edit ]
Jeremy Lindsay Taylor as Norman Bruhn, the era's most feared standover man
Justin Rosniak as Leslie "Squizzy" Taylor, Bruhn's Melbourne-based rival
Felix Williamson as Phil "The Jew" Jeffs, infamous gangster
Lincoln Lewis as Bruce Higgs, associate and lover of Kate Leigh
Pippa Grandison as Mona Woods, singer at one of Kate Leigh's sly-grog shops Catherine Glavicic as May Seckold, an employee of Kate Leigh.
Conrad Coleby as Constable Wharton "Syd" Thompson, the other half of Sydney's first drug squad
Guy Edmonds as Greg "The Gunman" Gaffney, an associate of vice-queen Kate Leigh David Willis as Bill "The Octopus" Flanagan, an associate of Kate Leigh
Rel Hunt as William Archer, bathhouse proprietor and part of the razor gangs
Matt Boesenberg as John "Snowy" Cutmore, standover man  Adam Tuominen as Frank "Razor Jack" Hayes, member of Bruhn's gang
Pacharo Mzembe as "Nigger", a gangster. (Redubbed "Nugget" for the Underbelly: Razor – Uncut DVD release).
Jessica Mauboy as Gloria Starr, the Fifty-Fifty Club singer
Rob Mills as Eric Connolly, a jazz club singer
Saskia Burmeister as Ida Maddocks, the main rape victim and primary witness in "the Darlinghurst Outrage" case Emily Rose Brennan as "Black" Aggie, one of Tilly Devine's prostitutes. Begins a relationship with Greg "The Gunman" Gaffney
Rick Donald as
Barney Dalton, rugby player employed by Kate Leigh and murdered by Frank Green. Guy Spence as Sid "Kicker" Kelly, hardened criminal and one half of the Kelly brothers
Clint Foster as Tom Kelly, the other half of the Kelly brothers
Caleb Alloway as Constable Keith Sullivan, crime fighter
T. J. Power as H. L Jones, news reporter
Anna Lawrence as Irene Bruhn, wife of Norman Bruhn
Tasman and Rex Palazzi as Noel and Keith Bruhn, toddler sons of Norman Bruhn
Grant Garland as Charles Connors, gangster and 'razor-man'
Izzy Stevens as Eileen Leigh, daughter of Kate Leigh
Jamie Kristian as Albert Duke, Englishman and husband of Eileen Leigh
Troy Planet as George "The Midnight Raper" Wallace, violent member of Bruhn's gang
Jake Ryan as Constable Ray "The Blizzard" Blissett, crusading policeman
Felix Jozeps as Ernest Wilson, Phil Jeffs' driver and gangster
Kim Knuckey as Fred Moffitt, taxi driver
Rachel Rowlatt as Phyllis, housekeeper of the Devines
Adele Vuko as Gwynnie, a prostitute working for Tilly Devine
Kelly Anderson as Peg, a prostitute working for Tilly Devine
Ben Purser as Herbert "Pal" Brown, Kate Leigh's short-lived lieutenant
Larry Writer as TBA, a wealthy businessman who frequents Kate Leigh's nightclubs
Daniel Matthew Beltran as Percy Cook, member of Guido Calletti's gang
James Pope as John "Snowy" Prendergast, aspiring razor gang member
Ky Baldwin as Eddie "the Urchin", small-time razor man Don Rogers as Edward Brady, small-time criminal
William Upjohn as Roy the Butcher, a butcher and barman for one of Kate Leigh's sly grog shops
Will Ward as Ralph the Barman, barkeep for the tavern frequented by most of the razor gangs
Mehmet Yanuz as Rabbitoh, Rabbit peddler
Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood as Dolly Green, wife of Frank "The Little Gunman" Green Lizzie Schebesta as Guido Calletti's moll
David Roberts as Frank de Groot, leader of the New Guard
Jessica De Gouw as Constable Edie McElroy, one of the first policewomen after Lillian Armfield Jim Holt as
Thomas Bavin, New South Wales premier
Graeme Blundell as Jack Lang, infamous NSW premier
Ratings [ edit ]
The premiere episode made
Razor the highest rating drama in Australian history, surpassing the record set by . Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities 
Original air date
Timeslot rank (#)
Nightly rank (#)
Weekly rank (#)
1 "The Worst Woman in Sydney"
21 August 2011
8:30 pm Sunday
2 "Whips and Scorpions"
9:30 pm Sunday
3 "Cat Amongst the Pigeons"
28 August 2011
8:30 pm Sunday
4 "The Damage Done"
4 September 2011
5 "The Darlinghurst Outrage"
11 September 2011
6 "Blood Alley"
18 September 2011
7 "Tripe and Brains"
25 September 2011
8 "A Big Shivoo"
2 October 2011
9 "The Crash"
9 October 2011
10 "The Sentimental Bloke"
16 October 2011
11 "Jerusalem Revisited"
23 October 2011
12 "Big Moves"
30 October 2011
6 November 2011
References [ edit ]
^ Underbelly: Razor preview, The Vine, 15 July 2011
^ a b "Underbelly: Razor sets new ratings records". Throng Media. 30 August 2011 . Retrieved . 14 September 2011
^ a b B, Andrew (22 August 2011). "Free To Air TV Ratings, Sunday August 21st, 2011" . Retrieved . 29 August 2011
^ a b c B, Andrew (28 August 2011). "Free To Air TV Ratings, Week 35. Sunday August 21st to Saturday August 27, 2011" . Retrieved . 29 August 2011
^ a b B, Andrew (4 September 2011). "Free to air TV Ratings, Week 36 (August 28 – September 3), 2011" . Retrieved . 14 September 2011
^ B, Andrew (29 August 2011). "Free To Air TV Ratings, Sunday August 28th, 2011" . Retrieved . 29 August 2011
^ a b B, Andrew (11 September 2011). "Free to air TV Ratings, Week 37 (September 4–10), 2011" . Retrieved . 14 September 2011
^ B, Andrew (5 September 2011). "Free to Air TV Ratings, Sunday September 4, 2011" . Retrieved . 14 September 2011
^ B, Andrew (12 September 2011). "Free To Air TV Ratings, Sunday September 11th, 2011" . Retrieved . 14 September 2011
^ a b c "The Spy Report – Ratings: Should the TV networks get out of the past now?". 19 September 2011 . Retrieved . 19 September 2011