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Andrew McFarlane (born 6 June 1951, Albany, Western Australia) is an Australian actor with many stage and screen credits.

Personal life

McFarlane was born in Albany, Western Australia. After the family moved to Melbourne he attended Camberwell Grammar School and was involved in school plays and school cadets. He has long been open about his homosexuality.


After making his TV debut in Crawfords police dramas Homicide and Matlock Police, he won a recurring role on Division 4 before joining World War II soap opera The Sullivans as initially intellectual oldest son John Sullivan.

He left the series after eighteen months and in the storyline John was reported missing in action - the writers left his final fate unresolved in the hope McFarlane would return to the show. McFarlane returned to the role in the TV movie The John Sullivan Story. The role gained McFarlane a Sammy Award for best supporting actor in a TV series in 1977.

He later took the lead role in the miniseries The Flying Doctors, reprising the role in the ongoing series that followed. Again he left the series after 16 episodes at the height of its popularity. However, he returned in the fifth season for another 37 episodes. He also appeared in Rafferty's Rules as "Police Prosecutor Gibson". McFarlane has since played the father of Tasha Andrews in soap opera Home and Away and in 2005 played Bobby Hoyland in the soap opera Neighbours.

He has been a Play School presenter since 2000 and was also one of Governor Phillip's people on Australian History on ABC. He acted in the TV series Spellbinder as Brian Reynolds, Paul's father and played Hugh Delaney in the miniseries The Alice.

In 2009 he portrayed prominent Australian anti-drugs campaigner and murder victim Donald Mackay in the series Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities. He appeared in a musical for the first time in 2010 in Fame - the Musical at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney.

McFarlane had regular or leading roles in television series Love Child (2014), Devil's Playground and Glitch (both 2015).



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Break of Day Tom Cooper
1981 Doctors & Nurses Milligan
1985 I Can't Get Started Freddy
1988 Boulevard of Broken Dreams Jonathon Lovel
1999 Little White Lies Mark Lynch
2007 Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance Trevor Morgan
2009 Bourke Boy John Short
2012 Shadow Valley Pastor Todd Short
2015 Truth Dick Hibey


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Matlock Police Ben Reid "Poppy and the Closet Junkie"
1974 Rush Drake "Lament the Days That Are Gone By"
1974-75 Division 4 Const. Roger Wilson Recurring role
1976-77 Sullivans, TheThe Sullivans John Sullivan Recurring role
1977 Born to Run Doone Boyd TV film
1978 Case for the Defence Johnny "Made for Each Other"
1979 John Sullivan Story, TheThe John Sullivan Story John Sullivan TV film
1979-83 Patrol Boat Lt. David Keating Main role
1982 1915 Robert Gillen TV miniseries
1986-91 Flying Doctors, TheThe Flying Doctors Dr. Tom Callaghan Main role
1988 Rocks, TheThe Rocks Det. Sgt. Mark Castelli TV film
1993 Time Trax George Whitman "Fire and Ice"
1993 Paradise Beach Gordon TV series
1993 G.P. Malcolm Henderson "Living with the Past"
1994 Halifax f.p. Owen Toser "Acts of Betrayal"
1995-97 Spellbinder Dr Brian Reynolds Main role
1997 Heartbreak High Jeff Scheppers Recurring role
1998 Violent Earth, TheThe Violent Earth Tom Sutton TV miniseries
1998 Day of the Roses, TheThe Day of the Roses Public Servant TV miniseries
1999 All Saints David Miller "Truth and Consequences: Part 1 & 2"
1999 Murder Call Adrian MacKerras "Dead Offerings"
1999 Blue Heelers Mark Powers "The Price of Silence"
1999 Airtight Conrad TV film
2000 Water Rats Patrick Kernaghan "A Day to Remember (Break Your Heart)"
2001 Water Rats Doug McLaren "The Marrying Kind"
2002 Heroes' Mountain Mike Sodergren TV film
2003 Tempted Mike TV film
2004 Through My Eyes John Phillips Q.C. "1.1", "1.2"
2004 Alice, TheThe Alice Hugh Delaney TV film
2004 Home and Away Ian Osbourne "1.3849", "1.3868"
2005 Neighbours Bobby Hoyland Recurring role
2005 Blue Water High Warren "Timing Is Everything"
2005-06 Alice, TheThe Alice Hugh Delaney Main role
2008 Emerald Falls Dr. Henry Forbes TV film
2008 Dream Life Daniel TV film
2009 Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities Donald Mackay "Aussie Bob & Kiwi Terry", "Bad Habits", "Business as Usual"
2012 Guess How Much I Love You Big Nutbrown Hare / Otter (voice) "Treasure Hunt"
2012 Singapore 1942 End of Empire Lt. Col. Ian Stewart Documentary
2014 Love Child Jim Millar "1.1", "1.2", "1.7"
2014 Janet King Keith Nelson "Overtime", "An Achilles Heel", "The Greatest Good"
2014 Place to Call Home, AA Place to Call Home Dr. Milson Recurring role
2014 Devil's Playground Father Andrassi TV miniseries
ASTRA Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor - Male
2015 Glitch Vic Eastley Regular role
2016 Black Comedy Guest "2.4"
2016 Cleverman Geoff Matthews Main role
2016 Code, TheThe Code Neil Regular role
2016 Hyde & Seek Stuart Flanagan Regular role
2017 Newton's Law Eric Whitley Main role
2019 Secret City Air Chief Marshal Wes Lockwood Supporting role
2020 Between Two Worlds Gareth König 3 episodes
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