Shane Keith Bourne (born 24 November 1949 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian stand-up comedian, actor, musician and a television host.
Shane Keith Bourne
Bourne in 2009
|Years active||1975 - Present|
Co-founded Australian band Bandicoot with Mick Fettes (formerly of band Madder Lake). They released a self-titled album in 1976 with a top 100 single Living Off The Radio.
Bourne was a well-known comedic face throughout the 1980s and 1990s, with an acting role on the Australian version of the British sitcom, Are You Being Served? (in 1980 and 1981). He had regular appearances on the variety program Hey Hey It's Saturday (1988–1994) in various sketches, but mainly appeared on the Great Aussie Joke segment. He starred in the short lived sitcom Bingles in 1992 and 1993. In 1996, Bourne hosted a revived Blankety Blanks, which lasted only two seasons.
Bourne made a change to dramatic acting and has been critically acclaimed. After a two episode guest appearance on Blue Heelers in 2000, Bourne took the lead role of lawyer "Happy" Henderson, starring alongside Kerry Armstrong in the ABC1 legal-drama series MDA. The show ended after its third season in September 2005. This show won him 2 awards (see below). He also played a minor role in the film Kokoda, an Australia WWII film on the Kokoda Track where he played as the battalion's doctor.
In June 2015, Bourne played the role of Evan Pettyman, a minor character in The Dressmaker. He also joined the fifteenth season of Dancing with the Stars as the new co-host alongside Edwina Bartholomew, replacing Daniel MacPherson.
Has a daughter Ruby Louise Bourne (born 20 November 1990).
At the AFI Awards, in 2003 and 2005, Bourne won the 'Best Actor in a Television Drama' award for his role in MDA, and was nominated for the same award in 2002.
At the Logies, in 2003, he was nominated for the 'Most Outstanding Actor' award for his role in MDA.
- "The Bourne identity". The Age. Melbourne. 10 July 2003.
- "Breakthrough treatment". The Age. Melbourne. 23 June 2005.
- "Shane Bourne to host 2011 Logie Awards". Herald Sun. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
- "Comedian Shane Bourne to co-host Channel 7's Dancing with the Stars". Herald Sun. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.