Graeme Blundell

Graeme Blundell (born 7 August 1945[1]) is an Australian actor, director, producer, writer and biographer.

Graeme Blundell
Blundell at the 2015 Helpmann Awards
Born (1945-08-07) 7 August 1945
Melbourne, Australia
Years active1964–present

Early years

Blundell was born in Melbourne; he grew up in Clifton Hill, a suburb of Melbourne. He was educated at Merrilands College and Coburg High School, where he served as a Prefect. He then studied arts at the University of Melbourne, where he resided at Ormond College and became involved in student theatre. He has a younger brother, Dennis, and two younger sisters, Margaret and Kathryn.[1]


In his early years, Blundell worked at La Mama Theatre, The Pram Factory, Hoopla, the Playbox Theatre Company, and the Melbourne Theatre Company. He directed and acted in the premiere performance of Jack Hibberd's play Dimboola at La Mama. His first television appearance was as an uncredited extra in the debut episode of Homicide (1964). He is best known as playing the title character in the 1973 sex-comedy film Alvin Purple and its 1974 sequel, Alvin Purple Rides Again.[2][3]

He has written extensively in The Australian newspaper as well as writing biographies of Brett Whiteley (Brett Whiteley: An Unauthorised Life, 1996, with his then wife Margot Hilton), and Graham Kennedy (King, 2003).

In 2005, Blundell made a brief appearance in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith playing Ruwee Naberrie, the father of Padmé Amidala. He was also filmed in scenes for Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, but they were cut and appear only on the DVD release of the film.

Since March 2011, Blundell has hosted Sunday Night at the Movies with Graeme Blundell on Foxtel's Fox Classics channel.

He now partners Margaret Pomeranz in Screen, where he reviews film and television shows.

Personal life

Blundell was married to author Margot Hilton.[1] He later married journalist Susan Kurosawa.[4]



  • Brett Whiteley: An Unauthorised Life, with Margot Hilton (Macmillan, 1996)
  • King: The Life and Comedy of Graham Kennedy (Pan Macmillan, 2003)
  • Australian Theatre: Backstage with Graeme Blundell (edited) (Oxford University Press, 1997)
  • The Naked Truth: A Life in Parts (Hachette Australia, 2008)


  1. "Graeme Blundell". Talking Heads. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  2. Buckmaster, Luke (24 October 2014). "Alvin Purple rewatched – the raunchy heart of 1970s Ozploitation films". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  3. Vagg, Stephen (18 August 2019). "Australian Movie Stars". Filmink.
  4. Sullivan, Jane (20 October 2007). "Across a crowded room ..." The Age. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
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