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3 April 1959 (age 65) (
Woodville, South Australia

University of Melbourne Faculty of VCA and MCM

Nell Feeney (m. 1994–1997), Karen Connor (m. 1987–1992)

Grace Connor, Thomas Connor, Jessica Connor

AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama

Movies and TV shows
Wolf Creek 2, Afraid of the Dark, Playing for Charlie, Breaking Loose, Army Wives

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Shane Connor (born 3 April 1959) is an Australian-born actor, who has had extensive experience in both stage and film productions.


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Connor graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in the early 1980s. He worked steadily in film, theatre and television for many years.

His television credits include the Channel Seven series Fire, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation drama Heartland and the miniseries The Harp in the South and Poor Man's Orange. Awards include the 1984 Penguin Award for best actor, 1995 Green Room Award for outstanding fringe performer and a nomination for the 1998 AFI Award for best actor in a leading role in a television drama.

Connor also played guest roles in Australian soap operas: He played a guest role of Kevin, husband of Cheryll (Lisa Aldenhoven), in the women's prison drama serial Prisoner. Then in 1986 he returned to the series in the recurring role of biker Bongo Connors. Connor had a brief role as another biker, Angel, in Sons and Daughters in 1986.

He appeared in the USA television miniseries Moby Dick as Flask.


Connor later played the key ongoing role of builder Joe Scully in Neighbours starting in 1999. Eight years previously (in 1991) he had played a one-off character called Phil Hoffman in episode #1.1410.


Connor was fired from the series in September 2003, several months after receiving a written warning from producers and overcoming his amphetamine habit. There had been ongoing hostility between him and Janet Andrewartha who played his wife Lyn Scully; she had been the source of the vast majority of complaints about him. He sued the show's producer, Grundy Television, for wrongful termination of his contract, seeking about $200,000.

The court hearing heard that he had an amphetamine drug habit while performing on the show. Connor's older brother died in June 2001 and he had been badly affected by this, leading to the drug habit. Members of the cast and crew had complained about his behaviour at work. This included alleged aggressive behaviour and lateness that delayed production. After being confronted about his problem he met with the cast in May 2003 and admitted the problem and apologised.

Connor won the case and was awarded by the Supreme Court of Victoria over $230,000 in libel damages.

After Neighbours

Connor worked in the United Kingdom in pantomime. He also appeared as a guest in reality TV show The Salon.

In 2008 Connor got a supporting role in the coming of age Playing For Charlie filmed in Melbourne.

In 2013, Connor appeared as an outback Policeman in Wolf Creek 2.

Select credits

  • Emerging (1985) (TV movie)
  • References

    Shane Connor Wikipedia

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