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Since graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1978, Robert has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. His musical theatre credits include the 2001-2002 tour of Mamma Mia!, for which he received a Helpmann Award nomination, the Really Useful Company’s 1996 production of Sunset Boulevard and the title role in Ken Hill’s The Phantom of the Opera in 1995.

Robert has starred in some of Australia’s best loved films, including Gillian Armstrong’s breakthrough film MY BRILLIANT CAREER, Peter Weir’s GALLIPOLI, MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME and PHAR LAP.

However it was the role of Dr Geoff Standish in the popular TV series ‘The Flying Doctors’ in the late 80s and early 90s that made Robert a familiar face in Australia and beyond. More recent television credits include ‘MDA’, ‘The Secret Life of Us’, ‘SeaChange’ and the ‘Potato Factory’.

Robert played opposite David Wenham in this year’s critically acclaimed CoxKnight miniseries ‘After the Deluge’. He will also appear in the Stephen King adaptation ‘Salem’s Lot’, from ‘Band of Brothers’ director Mikael Salomon, scheduled to air on US television in 2004.

Robert has a wealth of stage experience. A particular highlight was his tour de force performance in the central role of Rene Gallimard in the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC)/Harry M. Miller co-production of M. Butterfly. Other MTC credits include Into the Woods for director Roger Hodgman and Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Stoppard’s Arcadia and the French farce A Flea in Her Ear and Company for director Simon Phillips. Robert has also worked for most of the other major Australian theatre companies including Nimrod, Playbox, the Queensland Theatre Company and the Sydney Theatre Company. He has appeared in some 25 productions for the State Theatre Company of South Australia and was a member of the critically acclaimed Lighthouse Company working with directors such as Jim Sharman, Nick Enright and Neil Armfield.

In 2000, Robert produced, directed and performed in an adaptation of Tennyson’s Enoch Arden for the Melbourne stage. The production was a critical and audience success and earned Robert a Green Room Award nomination for his performance.



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