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Richard Roxburgh

Richard Roxburgh
Roxburgh at Tropfest 2013
Born (1962-01-23) 23 January 1962
Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Silvia Colloca (m. 2004)
Children 2

Richard Roxburgh (born 23 January 1962)[1] is an Australian actor who has starred in many Australian films and television series and has appeared in supporting roles in a number of Hollywood productions, usually as villains.


  • Early life 1
  • Acting career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • Awards 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Roxburgh was born 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.

Roxburgh studied economics at the Australian National University in Canberra,[2] graduating 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]

Acting career

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 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 when he appeared as henchman Hugh Stamp in the John Woo-directed Mission: Impossible II, 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 (and was nominated for several more) the AFI Award in December 2007. 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] Late in 2010, Roxburgh co-created and appeared in the lead role of the ABC1 television eight-episode drama series Rake. 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.

Roxburgh played Vanya opposite Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and John Bell in Sydney Theatre Company's 2010 production of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.[8] 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.[9] In 2014, Roxburgh played the title role in Edmond Rostand's 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac at the STC.[10] 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, Toby Schmitz.[11]

Personal life

Roxburgh was in a relationship with fellow actor and NIDA graduate Miranda Otto whom he met on the set of the film Doing Time for Patsy Cline in 1997. Their relationship ended in 2000.[12]

During production of the film Van Helsing, Roxburgh met Italian actress Silvia Colloca whom he married on 25 September 2004; they have two sons.[13]


Title Year Role Notes
The Riddle of the Stinson 1987 Proud Television movie
The Saint: Fear in Fun Park 1989 Justin Television movie
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 movie
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 movie
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
Last September, TheThe Last September 1999 Captain Daventry
Mission: Impossible II 2000 Hugh Stamp
Moulin Rouge! 2001 Duke, TheThe Duke
Blonde 2001 Mr. R Television mini-series
Hound of the Baskervilles, TheThe Hound of the Baskervilles 2002 Sherlock Holmes
The Road from Coorain 2002 Bill Television movie
Touch, TheThe Touch 2002 Karl
One and Only, TheThe One and Only 2002 Neil
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, TheThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2003 Fantom / "M" / Professor Moriarty, TheThe Fantom / "M" / Professor Moriarty
Van Helsing 2004 Dracula
Stealth 2005 Dr. Keith Orbit
Fragiles 2005 Robert Kerry
Like Minds 2006 Martin McKenzie
Silence, TheThe 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
Rake 2010, 2012, 2014 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
Blinky Bill the Movie 2015 Blinky's dad Voice


Australian Film Institute/AACTA

  • 1997 – won: Doing Time for Patsy Cline
  • 1999 – nominated: Passion
  • 2001 – nominated: Moulin Rouge!
  • 2006 – nominated: The Silence (TV)
  • 2010 – won: Hawke (TV)

Film Crities 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)


  1. ^ "Australian Actor Richard Roxburgh" by Shaun Doherty, London Academy of Media Film & TV (24 March 2011)
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  8. ^ Uncle Vanya at the Sydney Theatre Company
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  10. ^ Cyrano de Bergerac, performance details, Sydney Theatre Company
  11. ^ The Present, production details, Sydney Theatre Company
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External links

  • Richard Roxburgh at the Internet Movie Database
  • – Interview with Richard Roxburgh about Romulus, My Father
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