Craig Dougall McLachlan (born 1 September 1965) is an Australian actor, musician, singer and composer. He has been involved in film, television, the music industry and music theatre for over 30 years. He is best known for appearing in the soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away and the BBC One spy drama Bugs. He has portrayed the title character in The Doctor Blake Mysteries, for which he was nominated for the Logie Award for Most Popular Actor; he has previously won the award in this category three times.
Craig Dougall McLachlan
1 September 1965
Long Jetty, New South Wales, Australia
Craig McLachlan first appeared on Australian television in a guest role on The Young Doctors. He was cast as Henry Ramsay, brother of Kylie Minogue's character Charlene, in Channel 10's Neighbours. After appearing in more than 800 episodes and winning the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television (1990) and Silver Logie, he was contracted to Seven Network's Home and Away, playing schoolteacher Grant Mitchell.
A singer, guitarist and songwriter, McLachlan enjoyed international success in a concurrent pop music career. He had hits in Australia and the UK with a remake of the Bo Diddley song "Mona (I Need You Baby)" and with self-penned songs "Amanda", "One Reason Why" and "On My Own". He toured the UK and Europe with his band Check 1–2.
In 1993 McLachlan starred as Danny Zuko in the West End revival of the musical Grease alongside Deborah Gibson and Sonia Evans. In his stage musical career he starred as Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bob Wallace in White Christmas and Billy Flynn in Chicago.
Throughout the first decade of the 21st century, McLachlan appeared in around 20 film and television projects, including the American movie Superfire, as Stuart Diver in the television film Heroes' Mountain, and Blackjack with Colin Friels. In 2004 he played Michael Chamberlain in Through My Eyes, an account of the Lindy Chamberlain story, and began work in the recurring role of Kane Morgan in McLeod's Daughters. He played Jeff Kennard in the Australian film Hating Alison Ashley, worked alongside Benjamin Bratt and James Franco in The Great Raid, and starred with John Jarratt in Savages Crossing, for which he composed the score.
McLachlan appeared regularly in the Network Seven TV series Packed to the Rafters as ageing rocker Steve Wilson and was cast in the fourth season of Rescue: Special Ops as Hayden Bradley. He played the role of Steve, the handsome gay gardener, in the award-winning production At Home With Julia and appeared in the ABC comedy Lowdown. In 2011 McLachlan had a guest-starring role in an episode of NCIS Los Angeles.
McLachlan returned to Australia in 2012 to work on a new TV series, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, a period crime drama set in Ballarat in 1959–60. He plays the titular role of Dr Lucien Blake, a medical practitioner with a knack for solving murders and annoying the police. The first two seasons originally screened on ABC Television in 2013 and 2014.
In 2013, McLachlan was again cast as Frank N Furter in a revival of The Rocky Horror Show touring Australia in 2014. In December 2014, McLachlan revealed that he was unable to return to Neighbours for the show's 30th anniversary celebrations owing to scheduling conflicts and his involvement in The Doctor Blake Mysteries. However, McLachlan agreed to take part in the documentary special Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which aired in Australia and the UK in March 2015.
In 2016, McLachlan appeared in the sci-fi thriller Restoration, playing Andrew Majury.
As from April 2019 McLachlan's long-term partner is opera conductor, Vanessa Scammell. He has a child from his relationship with British actress and voice artist Charlotte Avery. McLachlan was briefly married to Karen Williams (fl. 1986)—they had attended the same secondary school—and subsequently to Neighbours' actress Rachel Friend (1998–99).
Sexual harassment allegations
On 8 January 2018, a joint investigation by Fairfax Media and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported that McLachlan had been accused of sexual harassment by several actresses during his performing career. Three actresses from the 2014 Australian production of The Rocky Horror Show—Christie Whelan Browne, Erika Heynatz and Angela Scundi—have alleged that they were abused, harassed or assaulted by McLachlan; he responded, "Frankly, they seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety. In either event, they are to the best of my knowledge utterly and entirely false." McLachlan subsequently left the 2018 production of The Rocky Horror Show. Victoria Police also announced that they are investigating complaints from two of the women.
According to Australian Associated Press (AAP) in the Daily Mail Australia, McLachlan filed defamation suits against the ABC and Fairfax Media in February 2018; he also named Whelan Browne in a defamation suit. Producers of The Doctor Blake Mysteries announced that production would be temporarily suspended pending the outcome of investigations. The production company, December Media, "cleared the actor of any misconduct" during the show's run. In April it was announced that he would not be returning to the series, which is to be rebranded as The Blake Mysteries and continue without the titular character.
McLachlan's defamation case was due to be heard in the Supreme Court of New South Wales from 4 February 2019; however the suit was postponed hearing pending the outcome of the related criminal proceedings. On 11 January 2019 Victoria Police charged him with one count of common assault, eight counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault. He had been summonsed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 8 February 2019. At a hearing in April, McLachlan was told by the magistrate that one of the indecent assault charges had been dropped by the prosecutor and that he would not face a jury trial but matters would be determined by the lone magistrate. In November 2019 a contested hearing of the charges began.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2||
|Craig McLachlan & The Culprits||
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Grease (Original London Stage Cast Soundtrack)||
|The Rocky Horror Show (Australian Cast Recording)||
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1989||"Rock the Rock" (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2)||36||—||—||—||—||—||—||Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2|
|1990||"Mona" (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2)||3||8||44||5||26||16||2|
|"Amanda" (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2)||24||—||—||16||—||22||19|
|"I Almost Felt Like Crying" (as Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2)||103||—||—||—||—||—||50|
|1991||"On My Own"||23||—||—||—||—||—||59||Hands Free|
|1992||"One Reason Why"||57||—||—||—||—||—||29|
|"I Hear You Knocking"||90||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Time Warp" (with Australian cast)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||The Rocky Horror Show Cast Recording|
|1993||"You're the One That I Want" (duet with Deborah Gibson)||—||—||—||24||—||—||13||Grease Cast Recording|
|1995||"If We Were Angels" (as Craig McLachlan & The Culprits)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Craig McLachlan & The Culprits|
|"Everyday" (as Craig McLachlan & The Culprits)||—||—||—||—||—||—||65|
|1996||"Hear the World Cry" (as Craig McLachlan & The Culprits)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
- Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2: The Video (featured an interview and the video clips for "Mona", "Amanda", "Rock the Rock" and "I Almost Felt Like Crying") (1990)
|1992||Mad Bomber in Love||The Whip|
|1992||Absent Without Leave||James Edwards|
|2001||Let's Get Skase||Eric Carney|
|2005||Hating Alison Ashley||Jeff Kennard|
|2005||The Great Raid||Lt. Riley|
|2009||Amar a morir||Nick|
|2012||The Last Match||Val||Short|
|1987–89||Neighbours||Henry Ramsay||Regular role|
|1990–91||Home and Away||Grant Mitchell||Regular role|
|1991||Heroes II: The Return||Lt. Walter Carey||TV film|
|1995–97||Bugs||Ed Russell||Main role|
|1996||Catherine the Great||Serge Saltykov||TV film|
|1999||Tribe||Ralph Leyton||TV miniseries|
|2001||Abschied in den Tod||Det. Const. Steve McNamara||TV film|
|2001||My Husband My Killer||Warren Elkins||TV film|
|2001–02||Always Greener||Greg Graham||Recurring role|
|2002||Heroes' Mountain||Stuart Diver||TV film|
|2002||Superfire||Jack Skidder||TV film|
|2004||Through My Eyes||Michael Chamberlain||"1.1", "1.2"|
|2004||McLeod's Daughters||Kane Morgan||Recurring role|
|2005||BlackJack: Ace Point Game||Michael Hasler||TV film|
|2008||City Homicide||Leon Grasby||"Golden"|
|2008–12||Packed to the Rafters||Steve Wilson||Recurring role|
|2009||The Cut||Dutch Holland||"A Falcon's Tail"|
|2010–12||Lowdown||Ben Hollander||"Wasp in Translation", "Ben Behaving Badly"|
|2011||Rescue: Special Ops||Hayden Bradley||Recurring role|
|2011||At Home With Julia||Steve||TV miniseries|
|2011||NCIS: Los Angeles||Clifford Bosworth||"Lone Wolf"|
|2013–14||House Husbands||Damo||Recurring role|
|2013–17||The Doctor Blake Mysteries||Dr. Lucien Blake||Main role|
|2016||Deep Water||Kyle 'Hammers' Hampton||TV miniseries|
|2016||The Wrong Girl||Eric||Main role|
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