| Simon Burke|
| 8 October 1961 (age 54) (1961-10-08) |
AACTA Award for Best Telefeature or Mini Series, AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor
ASTRA Awards for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor (Male)
Devil's Playground, The Devil's Playground, Play School, Pitch Black, The Irishman
Fred Schepisi, Andrew McFarlane, Rhiana Griffith, Don Hany, Arthur Dignam
Simon Burke Wikipedia
Simon Gareth Burke AO (born 8 October 1961) is an Australian actor, active in films, television and theatre.
Burke began his career at the age of 13 when he starred in Fred Schepisi's acclaimed feature film The Devil's Playground for which he won the AFI Award for Best Actor at the Australian Film Institute Awards. He remains the youngest person ever to be honoured with this award. Since then he has enjoyed great success both in Australia and internationally in film, television, stage, concert appearances and cabaret.
In 2014, Simon starred in Matchbox Pictures/NBC-Universal’s highly acclaimed mini-series Devil’s Playground in which he reprised the role of Tom Allen that he created as a 13 year old. He is the co-creator and executive producer of the project, which this year won both the AACTA and Logie Awards for Most Outstanding Telefeature or Mini-Series.
He has since starred in numerous film, television and theatre productions in Australia and the UK. He starred as Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium alongside Connie Fisher and then Summer Strallen. He also played the role of Mr Banks in Mary Poppins in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland.
Burke was Federal President of Actors Equity Australia 2004–2014. He is currently a Vice President of the International Federation of Actors (FIA), a global federation of performers’ trade unions, guilds and professional associations.
On 10 September 2015, at the Queens Birthday Honours ceremony presided over by the Governor of New South Wales, General David Hurley, Burke was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) with the following citation: "For distinguished service to the performing arts as an actor, singer and producer, and through senior advocacy roles for performers' rights and access to professional development and education programs."
In 2016 he publicly identified himself as a member of the LGBTIQ community.1987–88: Les Misérables as Marius, original Australian cast directed by Trevor Nunn
1989–90: Anything Goes as Billy Crocker (Australia, New Zealand) opposite Geraldine Turner
1992: The Phantom of the Opera as Raoul, Her Majesty's Theatre, London
1993: Falsettos as Whizzer, Sydney Opera House
1994: Nosferatu the Vampire as The Innkeeper, concept cast recording
1994: Jeffrey (1994) as Steve, London premiere
1996: A Little Night Music as Carl-Magnus, Royal National Theatre with Dame Judi Dench
1999–2000: Chicago as Billy Flynn (Sydney/Perth/Brisbane/Singapore/Hong Kong)
2001: Up for Grabs as Gerry – World premiere, Sydney Opera House
2004: High Society as CK Dexter Haven
2005–06: Three Furies – Scenes from the Life of Francis Bacon as Francis Bacon, directed by Jim Sharman
2007: Company as Harry
2007: October (2007) as Dick
2007: The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom as Mr Lizard, directed by Neil Armfield
2007–08: The Sound of Music as Captain Georg von Trapp
2009: La Cage aux Folles as Georges
2010: The Sound of Music (2010) as Captain Georg von Trapp (Toronto)
2010: Holding the Man
2010–12 Mary Poppins as Mr Banks (Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland)
2017: Noises Off as Lloyd Dallas (Queensland Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company)