Craig Dugald McLachlan
|Date of Birth||
1 September 1965(age 47)
|Place of Birth||
Long Jetty, New South Wales, Australia
Craig Dugald McLachlan plays Keith Mitchell.Craig is an Australian actor, musician and singer. He has been involved in film, television and music theatre for the past 25 years. He is best known for appearing in soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away and for being in the BBC One spy drama Bugs.
Craig Mclachlan is one of Australia’s most versatile and recognisable artists. As an actor, musician and composer he has had an international career spanning more than two decades.
He first appeared on Australian television in a guest role on ‘The Young Doctors’, and went on to be cast as Henry Ramsay, brother of Kylie Minogue’s character ‘Charlene’ in Channel 10’s hit show ‘Neighbours’. After appearing in more than 800 episodes and winning the coveted Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television and Silver Logie , he was contracted to Seven Network’s hit show ‘Home and Away’ playing schoolteacher Grant Mitchell.
A talented guitarist, Craig went on to have international success as a singer/ songwriter achieving Australian and UK hit singles with his remake of the Bo Diddley song I Need You Baby (Mona), as well as his self penned ‘Amanda’, ‘One Reason Why’ and ‘On My Own’. His band Check 1-2 went on to tour the UK and Europe.
In 1993 Craig starred as Danny Zuko in the West End revival of the musical ‘Grease’ alongside Deborah Gibson and Sonia Evans. Breaking all existing box office records, the initial ‘9 month’ season completely sold out before the first week of previews concluded. It was the beginning of a hugely successful run of musicals for Craig, starring as Frankenfurter in ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, Caractacus Potts in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, Bob Wallace in ‘White Christmas’, culminating in his performance of Billy Flynn in the award winning production of ‘Chicago’.
In the mid 90’s McLachlan starred in three series of the BBC hit television series ‘Bugs’ and appeared in ‘Catherine the Great’ alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Omar Sharif.
Throughout the first decade of the ‘noughties’, Craig appeared in around 20 extremely varied film & television projects including the American movie ‘Superfire’, the career-defining role of Stuart Diver in the acclaimed film ‘Heroe’s Mountain’, and ‘Blackjack’ with the brilliant Colin Friels. In 2004 he played Michael Chamberlain in ‘Through My Eyes’, an account of the Lindy Chamberlain story and in the same year began work in the recurring role of Kane Morgan in the popular show ‘McLeod's Daughters’. Craig echoed Buster Keaton hilariously as Jeff Kennard in the Australian film ‘Hating Alison Ashley’ and worked alongside along side Benjamin Bratt and James Franco in ‘The Great Raid'. Most recently Craig starred with good friend & Aussie film legend John Jarratt in ‘Savages Crossing’, in which Craig also composed the films score.
Craig appeared regularly through seasons of the network Seven hit TV series ‘Packed to the Rafters’ as aging rocker Steve Wilson and was cast in ‘Rescue: Special Ops’ Series four as the ultra competitive Hayden Bradley. Recently he appeared as Steve, the handsome gay gardener in the award winning production ‘At Home With Julia’ and is returning for a second season of the comedy ‘Lowdown’ for the ABC. In 2011 Craig auditioned & ultimately shot a guest starring role for CBS televisions internationally acclaimed ‘NCIS Los Angeles’ appearing with Chris O‘Donnell and LL Cool Jay.
Craig returned to Australia in 2012 to commence filming on Series One of ‘The Doctor Blake Mysteries’, playing the title role of Lucien Blake for ABC Australia/ITV UK, a period drama set in 1958 Ballarat.