| 21 August (2011-08-21) – 6 November 2011 (2011-11-06)|
Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, Underbelly (series 1), Underbelly: The Golden Mile
Underbelly: Razor, the fourth series of the Australian Nine Network crime drama anthology series Underbelly, originally aired from 21 August 2011 to 6 November 2011. It is a thirteen-part series detailing real events that occurred in Sydney between 1927 and 1936. The series depicts the "razor gangs" who controlled the city's underworld during the era and the violent war between the two "vice queen" powers, Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh. It is also the last season in the Underbelly franchise that contains 13 episodes.
In contrast to the previous Underbelly installments, which were based on books by John Silvester and Andrew Rule, Razor is based on the Ned Kelly Award-winning book of the same name, written by Larry Writer.
Underbelly: Razor Wikipedia
Razor is set during the "Roaring Twenties" and 1930s, mainly between 1927 and 1936 in Sydney, when organised crime in Australia became more prominent. The series details the story of the bloody battle between the era's most feared "vice queens", Tilly Devine and her rival Kate Leigh, plus the "razor gangs" which controlled the Sydney underworld during that time. Embroiled in the violence is the country's still-young police force and a young girl called Nellie Cameron, determined to lose her innocence and destined to become the most famous prostitute in the land.
Main castDanielle Cormack as Kate Leigh, rival of the Devines and sly grog queenChelsie Preston Crayford as Tilly Devine, brothel madamAnna McGahan as Nellie Cameron, a notorious prostitute embroiled in the violence of the eraJack Campbell as "Big Jim" Devine, Tilly Devine's husbandJohn Batchelor as Wally Tomlinson, business associate and boyfriend of Kate LeighKhan Chittenden as Frank "The Little Gunman" Green, notorious criminal and assassinRichard Brancatisano as Guido Calletti, feared gangland figure and Nellie Cameron's first husbandCraig Hall as Detective Inspector Bill Mackay, part of the country's young police forceLucy Wigmore as Lillian May Armfield, one of Australia's first policewomenSteve Le Marquand as Sergeant Tom Wickham, a member of New South Wales' first drug "squad"
Recurring and guest castJeremy Lindsay Taylor as Norman Bruhn, the era's most feared standover manJustin Rosniak as Leslie "Squizzy" Taylor, Bruhn's Melbourne-based rivalFelix Williamson as Phil "The Jew" Jeffs, infamous gangsterLincoln Lewis as Bruce Higgs, associate and lover of Kate LeighPippa Grandison as Mona Woods, singer at one of Kate Leigh's sly-grog shopsCatherine Glavicic as May Seckold, an employee of Kate Leigh.Conrad Coleby as Constable Wharton "Syd" Thompson, the other half of Sydney's first drug squadGuy Edmonds as Greg "The Gunman" Gaffney, an associate of vice-queen Kate LeighDavid Willis as Bill "The Octopus" Flanagan, an associate of Kate LeighRel Hunt as William Archer, bathhouse proprietor and part of the razor gangsMatt Boesenberg as John "Snowy" Cutmore, standover manAdam Tuominen as Frank "Razor Jack" Hayes, member of Bruhn's gangPacharo Mzembe as "Nigger", a gangster. (Redubbed "Nugget" for the Underbelly: Razor – Uncut DVD release).Jessica Mauboy as Gloria Starr, the Fifty-Fifty Club singerRob Mills as Eric Connolly, a jazz club singerSaskia Burmeister as Ida Maddocks, the main rape victim and primary witness in "the Darlinghurst Outrage" caseEmily Rose Brennan as "Black" Aggie, one of Tilly Devine's prostitutes. Begins a relationship with Greg "The Gunman" GaffneyRick Donald as Barney Dalton, rugby player employed by Kate Leigh and murdered by Frank Green.Guy Spence as Sid "Kicker" Kelly, hardened criminal and one half of the Kelly brothersClint Foster as Tom Kelly, the other half of the Kelly brothersCaleb Alloway as Constable Keith Sullivan, crime fighterT. J. Power as H. L Jones, news reporterAnna Lawrence as Irene Bruhn, wife of Norman BruhnTasman and Rex Palazzi as Noel and Keith Bruhn, toddler sons of Norman BruhnGrant Garland as Charles Connors, gangster and 'razor-man'Izzy Stevens as Eileen Leigh, daughter of Kate LeighJamie Kristian as Albert Duke, Englishman and husband of Eileen LeighTroy Planet as George "The Midnight Raper" Wallace, violent member of Bruhn's gangJake Ryan as Constable Ray "The Blizzard" Blissett, crusading policemanFelix Jozeps as Ernest Wilson, Phil Jeffs' driver and gangsterKim Knuckey as Fred Moffitt, taxi driverRachel Rowlatt as Phyllis, housekeeper of the DevinesAdele Vuko as Gwynnie, a prostitute working for Tilly DevineKelly Anderson as Peg, a prostitute working for Tilly DevineBen Purser as Herbert "Pal" Brown, Kate Leigh's short-lived lieutenantLarry Writer as TBA, a wealthy businessman who frequents Kate Leigh's nightclubsDaniel Matthew Beltran as Percy Cook, member of Guido Calletti's gangJames Pope as John "Snowy" Prendergast, aspiring razor gang memberKy Baldwin as Eddie "the Urchin", small-time razor manDon Rogers as Edward Brady, small-time criminalWilliam Upjohn as Roy the Butcher, a butcher and barman for one of Kate Leigh's sly grog shopsWill Ward as Ralph the Barman, barkeep for the tavern frequented by most of the razor gangsMehmet Yanuz as Rabbitoh, Rabbit peddlerArianwen Parkes-Lockwood as Dolly Green, wife of Frank "The Little Gunman" GreenLizzie Schebesta as Guido Calletti's moll Dulcie MarkhamDavid Roberts as Frank de Groot, leader of the New GuardJessica De Gouw as Constable Edie McElroy, one of the first policewomen after Lillian ArmfieldJim Holt as Thomas Bavin, New South Wales premierGraeme Blundell as Jack Lang, infamous NSW premier
The premiere episode made Razor the highest rating drama in Australian history, surpassing the record set by Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.
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