Ron Haddrick

Ronald Norman Haddrick, AM, MBE, (born 9 April 1929) is a former Australian cricketer and Australian theatre, television, film and voice actor. In 2012, he received an Equity Lifetime Achievement Award for his long and distinguished career in those media.[1]

Ron Haddrick
Ronald Norman Haddrick

(1929-04-09) 9 April 1929
Adelaide, Australia
  • Film and television actor
  • theatre performer
  • voice artist
  • (former) first-class cricketer
Years active1946–present
Spouse(s)[Margaret] Lorraine (née Quigley)


Haddrick was born in Adelaide, Australia, the only son of Olive May (née Gibson) and Alexander Norman Haddrick.[2] Haddrick's wife, Lorraine, received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for her "outstanding dedication to athletics as a volunteer official for 32 years".[3] They have two children: NIDA graduate Lynette Haddrick[4] and screenwriter and producer Greg Haddrick, and three grandchildren, Taya, Milly and Jack Haddrick.


As a sportsman, Haddrick played first-class cricket during the 1950s, representing South Australia on three occasions in the Sheffield Shield competition.[5]


Haddrick first appeared on the stage in 1946 at the Adelaide Tivoli Theatre. Later, he was invited to join the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (now the Royal Shakespeare Company). On his return to Sydney, roles followed with the Trust Players, and when the Old Tote Theatre Company formed, Haddrick played in over forty productions.

Haddrick has worked extensively in radio and TV throughout his career, notably for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He made an early television appearance in the 1960 television play Close to the Roof. He had his first starring TV role as the alien "Adam Suisse" in G K Saunders' pioneering children's science fiction series The Stranger, broadcast on the ABC in 1964-65. In 1969, he voiced Ebenezer Scrooge for an Australian produced A Christmas Carol, giving way to more work along the same lines in the Australian animation field in 1977 with a shorter version of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.

He has also narrated six audio books of the British children's TV series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends released by ABC For Kids which were written by Christopher Awdry and illustrated by Ken Stott.

Haddrick is also known for having narrated all audio books of the Australian children's/young adult fantasy book series Deltora Quest written by Emily Rodda.

Other stage work in the '70s and ‘80s included major roles for Sydney Theatre Company, State Theatre Company of South Australia and Queensland Theatre Company in classics and new Australian plays, including extensive seasons of the Nimrod Theatre Company production of The Club. Haddrick received two of the now defunct "Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Awards" for his performances in Long Day's Journey into Night and I'm Not Rappaport. The '90s saw him in many roles for Marian Street Theatre and the STC including his King Lear and his much loved Wacka Dawson in The One Day of the Year. Haddrick has appeared in Australian-made television from Certain Women and Heartbreak High to Farscape and in numerous feature films. Haddrick also played on The Lost Islands playing the tyrant "Q", a 200-year-old ruler. On radio, he has performed in hundreds of dramas, documentaries, special features and is frequently heard reading poetry for the ABC.[6]


  • In 2013 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (In the General Division) – For significant service to the performing arts as an actor and narrator.[7]
  • In 2012 he was awarded an Equity Lifetime Achievement Award - for a lifetime combining a phenomenal career with generous leadership and selfless mentorship presented by Actors Equity Australia, part of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.[8]
  • in 1974 he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil) – for services to the Arts.[9]
  • In 1977 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.


Year Title Role
1955Othello (TV movie)
1960Close to the Roof (TV movie)Joe Collon
1961The Outcasts (TV mini-series)Dr. William Redfern
1962Reunion Day (TV movie)Dave Rubin
1962The Case of Private Hamp (TV movie)Padre
1962The Taming of the SchewPetrecio
1963A Dead Secret (TV movie)
1963Jonah (TV series)Governor
1963The Tempest (TV movie)
1963-1964Triibunal (TV series)- Marcus Brutes
- John Brown
1964The Stranger (TV series)- The Stranger
- Adam Suisse
1964The Late Edwina Black (TV movie)Gregory Black
1965The Big KillingGavin Cole
1965The Sweet Sad Story of Elmo and Me (TV movie)Dig
1965The Affair (TV movie)
1965Tartuffe (TV movie)
1967-1968Divorce Court (TV series)
1968Hunter (TV series)Bryant
1968Contrabandits (TV series)- George Payne
- Dallas
1969Riptide (TV series) Abraham Decker
1969A Christmas CarolMr. Scrooge (voice)
1970A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (TV movie)voice artist
Credited as R. Haddrick
1971You Say the Word (TV series)English Language Presenter
1971The Godfathers (TV series)Painless Plunket
1971Dynasty (TV series)Sir Walter Tasker
1971The Legend of Robin HoodSheriff of Nottingham (voice)
1971Treasure Island (TV movie)voice artist
1972Barrier Reef (TV series)Doctor Sedgwick
1972Robinson Crusoe (TV movie)voice artist
1972The Prince and the Pauper (TV movie)voice artist
1972Travels of Marco Pollo (TV movie)voice artist
1973The Taming of the Screw (TV movie)Baptista
1973The Count of Monte Carlo (TV movie)voice artist
1973Kidnapped (TV movie)voice artist
1973The Swiss Family Robinson (TV movie)voice artist
1973Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (TV movies)voice artist
1973The Three Musketeers (TV movie)voice artist
1973The Black Arrow (TV movie)voice artist
1973The Gentleman of Titipu (TV movie) voice artist
1975Silent Number (TV series)John Stanford
1975The Golden CageRich Man
1975Shannon's Mob (TV series)Pellini
1975The Mysterious Island (TV movie)voice artist
1965-1976Homicide (TV series)5 roles:
- Max Goodwin
- Geoffrey Gibson
- Alan Byrant
- Henry Curtin
- Gordon Lovejoy
1976Luke's Kingdom (TV series)Wicker
1976The Fourth WishHarbard
1976Master of the World (TV movie)Voice artist
1976The Haunting of Hewie Dowker (TV movie)
1976The Lost Islands (TV series)The QUE
1977A Journey to the Centre of the Earthvoice artist
1977The Restless Years (TV series)Greg Dening
1977Dot and the Kangaroo (TV movie)Father (voice)
1977Moby Dick (TV movie)voice artist
1978The Death TrainDr. Rogers
1978The Scalp Merchant (TV movie)
1979Dawn! (film)Pop
1979The First Christmas (TV movie)voice artist
1979The Adventures of Sinbad
1979Off on a Comet (TV movie)voice artist
1979From the Earth to the Moon (TV movie)voice artist
1981Dot and Santa Claus[lower-alpha 1]- Grumblebones (voice)
- Frog
- Circus Elephant
1981Run Rebecca, RunSpeaker of Parliament
1982Jonah[lower-alpha 2]
1982Sarah and the Squirrel (TV movie)voice artist
1982Runaway Island (TV movie)
1982A Christmas Carol (TV movie)Ebenezer Scrooge (voice)
1983Dot and the Bunny (TV movie)voice artist
1983The Amorous Dentist
1983Butler (TV movie)
1983Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fearvoice artist
1983Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Fourvoice artist
1983Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Cursevoice artist
1983Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarletvoice artist
1984The Camel Boyvoice
1984A Country PracticeRalph Harrison
1984A Halo of Athuen (TV movie)The Abbott
1985Nicolas Nickelby (TV movie)Voice
1985Mother and SonClaude Price
1986Tusatala[lower-alpha 2]Thomas Stevenson
1986Short ChangedGarrick
1986The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV movie)Voice of Frollo
1986Sons and Daughters (TV series)Bill Appleby
1987Great Expectations: The Untold Story (TV movie) Tankarton
1987The Odyssey (TV movie)
1987Rob Roy (video)voice artist
1988Hiawathavoice artist
1988Emma: Queen of the South Seas[lower-alpha 2]Reverend Brown
1990Quigley Down UnderGrimmelman
1994The FeralsPresenter
1989-1994G.P. (TV series)- Joris Volmer
- Lloyd Freith
1988-1996Home and Away- Gordon Macklin
- Peter Moss
1996Children of the RevolutionSir Arthur Miles
1997Fallan AngelsCec Fowler*
1997-1999Heartbreak High (TV series)- Magistrate
- Arthur
1999Water Rats (TV series)Felix Freidman
2000Beware of Greeks Bearing GunsThomas
2000The Lost WorldBergin
2000Dogwoman: Dead Dog Walking (TV movie)Barry Holloway
2004The AliceMarco Marion
2004Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars[lower-alpha 2]Yondalao
2002-2005All Saints[lower-alpha 2]- Jack Leyland
- Bill Roddick
2006The Story of Bubble boyNarrator
2006Nightmares and Dreamscapes[lower-alpha 3][lower-alpha 2]Man in Lift
2008The Informant (TV movie)Tom
2009Underbelly (TV series)Bertie
2010Size Thirteen (short)Ron Haddrick (voice)
2011Cloudstreet[lower-alpha 2]Narrator
2011CodgersJimmie McMurtrie
2013Bad Blood (short)Edgardo
2014Rake (TV series)Judge Velez
2014Locks of LoveHarrold
2015To My One and Only (short)
  1. Also called Around the World With Dot the hunchback of notre (TV movie)
  2. TV mini-series
  3. Full title: Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King


  1. "Lifetime Award shows that its not just a stage he is going through" Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  2. "Ron Haddrick Biography (1929-)". Film Reference. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  3. It's an Honour Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  4. Austage Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  5. Crininfo retrieved 28 May 2015.
  6. Ron Haddrick Biography (1929-) Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  7. Sydney Morning Herald – Queen's Birthday honours list 2013
  8. Ron Haddrick honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  9. It's an Honour Retrieved 28 May 2015.
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