Shane Porteous

John Shane Porteous (born 17 August 1942) as Shane Porteous is an Australian television and film actor, theatre performer, scriptwriter, animation layout artist and animation voice artist. As a scriptwriter, he is sometimes credited as "John Hanlon". He remains best known for his role as Dr. Terence Elliot between 1981 and 1993 in TV serial A Country Practice

Shane Porteous
John Shane Porteous

(1942-08-17) 17 August 1942
EducationUniversity of Queensland
  • Actor (television and film)
  • theatre performer
  • animation layout artist
  • voice artist
  • comedian
Years active1965–present
Known forA Country Practice
Spouse(s)Jenny (d 2019)
  • Stanley Porteous (father)


Shane Porteous was born in Coleraine, Victoria in 1942,[1] to pilot Stanley Porteous[2] and his wife.[3] He was raised in Queensland and attended the University of Queensland, graduating with a B.A.[1] He was a member of the UQ Dramatic Society and performed with actors such as Jack Thompson and Michael Caton at the Avalon Theatre in 1965.[4] Porteous moved to Sydney in 1967.

Porteous is best known for playing original character Dr Terence Elliott in the television drama series A Country Practice during its twelve-year run on the Seven Network (1981–93), a role for which he won the Silver Logie award in 1992. He has also won AWGIE Awards for his various scriptwriting projects. In the series he had various romance's including Matron Curtis (Helen Scott), Dr Fraser (Diane Smith) and Rosemary Prior, whom he married (Maureen Edwards)

Other TV credits include Catch Kandy, Homicide, Matlock Police, Certain Women 1973-76, The Box in 1974, Number 96 in 1977, Glenview High, Cop Shop, The Restless Years, Neighbours, Home and Away, Blue Heelers and Heartbreak High.[5]

Porteous has performed in many stage plays, among them Hamlet, Death of a Salesman (1970), the Sydney Theatre Company's production of King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing. In June 2010 he completed a touring performance of Codgers with Ron Haddrick among others.[6]

He was a regular at the Q Theatre in Penrith, New South Wales, and was also the ambassador for "The Q", which was demolished in August 2005 and moved to the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.[7] As a scriptwriter he has wrote for series including Neighbours and Home and Away, sometime's under pseudonym of John Hanlon

Porteous has also provided animation services to Hanna-Barbera, and has created layouts for the film versions of "The Magic Pudding" and "Blinky Bill".

He is referenced in the popular Australian song "I'm So Post Modern" by the Bedroom Philosopher.

He was honoured for his contribution to scriptwriting and the performing arts by being awarded the Centenary Medal in the New Year's Honours List of 2001.[8]

Porteous resides in the village of Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. His wife Jenny died in 2019. He has three grown children, Fiona, Polly and Ben.[9]

He is the grandson of Gladstone Porteous, an Australian missionary to China.


Year= Title Role
1967-1968Awful Movies with Deadly Earnest (TV series)Deadly Earnest
1968Contrabandits (TV series) Jock
1971Dynasty (TV series)Ken
1972Quartet (TV mini-series)
1973The Taming of the Shrew (TV movie)Tranio
1973Ryan (TV series)John Morris
1973Catch Kandy"" (TV series) Christian Faber
1972-1973Homicide (TV series)(2 roles) John Ellis - George Bailey
1973Serpent in the Rainbow
1974The BoxDavid Warner
1975Scobie MaloneConstable Clements
1975Matlock Police4 roles Martin Phillips - Jamie- Pasquali - Jeff Forrest
1975Kings Man (TV Serial) Constable Ben Price
1976Certain WomenPeter Clayton
1972-1977 Number 96 (17 episodes)Joshua (credited as John Hanlon)
1978Bobby DazzlerSergio
1978Glenview High (TV series)Dr. Green
1978Puzzle (TV movie)Rant
1977-1978Cop ShopRon Keating - Jason Knight (2 roles)
1979Chopper SquadDuffy
1979The Restless Years (TV series)Andrew Nelson
1979The Little ConvictJack Doolen (voice)
1979Off on a Comet (TV movie) (voice role)
1979From the Earth to the Moon (TV Movie) Voice artist
1980Skyways (TV series)John Dormany
1982A Dangerous SummerSgt. Goodwin
1982Sarah and the SquirrelVoice
1981-1993A Country PracticeDr. Terence Elliot
1995NeighboursPatrick Kratz
1997Heartbreak HighJumpin Jack Jet
2001Wicked! (TV series)
2003Fat Pizza | Doctor
2005Blue HeelersJohn MaGuire
2007Constructing Australia (TV DocumentaryJD Fitzgerald
2007The Uncertainty Principle (short) Thomas
2001-2011Home and AwayJim Tyler - Douglass Graham
2011CodgersRod Dean


Year Production Episodes
1994-2013Neighbours (TV serial - Network Ten)Written of 171 episodes (credited as pen name John Hanlon)
1998-2009Neighbours (TV serial - Network Ten)Written of 10 episodes (as John Hanlon)
2003-2008Home and Away (TV serial - Seven Network)Written 36 episodes as Jon Hanlon)
2005-2008Home and AwayWritten of 11 Episodes as John Hanlon
1999All Saints (TV serial - Seven Network)Written 1 episode "Dependence Day" as Shane Porteous

Hanna Barbera and Animation

Year Production Role
1977Mody-Dick (TV movie)Layout Artist
1978-1981The All New Popeye Hour (TV series)Layout Artist
1981Dinky Dog (TV series)Layout Artist - credited 16 episodes)
1979Casper the Friendly Ghost - He Ain't Scary, He's Our Brother (TV movie)Layout Artist as Shane Porteous
1979Casper's First Christmas (TV short)Layout Artist as Shane Porteous
1979Off on a Comet (TV movie)Layout Artist
1979From the Earth to the Moon (TV movie)(Layout Artist)
1980Drak Pack (TV series)Layout Artist
1981The Kwinky Koala Show (TV series)Layout Artist - 1 Episode
1981The Flintstones - Wind Up Wilma (short) Layout Artist
1981Laverne and Shirley in the ArmyLayout Artist
1981Daniel BooneLayout Artist
1981The Fonz and the Happy Days GangLayout Artist
1995Blinky Bill's Extraordinary ExcursionLayout Artist
2001The Magic PuddingLayout Artist


Year Production
199032nd Annuel Logie Awards
2017The Schlocky Horror Picture Show
2015-2019The Professor's Scary Movie
VariousThe Macqurie Bank (TV Commercials as voice over)


Year Recipient Awarded for
2011 The Centenary Medalservices to the arts as a scriptwriter
1990Silver Logie for Most Popular Actorrole as Dr. Terence Elliot in serial A Country Practice.


  1. Moran, Albert and Keating, Chris (2009). The A to Z of Australian Radio and Television. Scarecrow Press. p. 301. ISBN 9780810870222.
  2. "Family Notices". Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957). 2 October 1943. p. 2. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  3. Melissa Maddison (5 August 2013). "Actor Shane Porteous asks for help to solve 70yo 'Frank' sketch mystery". ABC News.
  4. Nigel, Pearn,; Richard, Fotheringham, (2007). "A history of the Avalon Theatre, 1921-2007". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. Shane Porteous on IMDb
  6. "Codgers". Archived from the original on 10 April 2013.
  7. "The History of the Q Theatre". Archived from the original on 20 October 2010.
  8. It's an Honour
  9. A Country Practice
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