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Craig McLachlan is an Australian actor, musician, singer and composer. He has been involved in film, television, the music industry and music theatre for over 30 years. He is best known for appearing in the soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away and the BBC One spy drama Bugs. He has portrayed the title character in The Doctor Blake Mysteries, for which he was nominated for the Logie Award for Most Popular Actor; he has previously won the award in this category three times.
|Net Worth||$10 million|
|Occupation||Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Composer|
Craig Dougall McLachlan was born on September 1, 1965 (age 56 years) in Long Jetty, Australia. He is the son of Peter McLachlan and Madeline McLachlan.
Craig McLachlan first appeared on Australian television in a guest role on The Young Doctors. He was cast as Henry Ramsay, brother of Kylie Minogue’s character Charlene, in Channel 10’s Neighbours. After appearing in more than 800 episodes and winning the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television (1990) and Silver Logie, he was contracted to Seven Network’s Home and Away, playing schoolteacher Grant Mitchell.
McLachlan enjoyed international success in a concurrent pop music career as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. He had hits in Australia and the UK with a remake of the Bo Diddley song “Mona (I Need You Baby)” and with self-penned songs “Amanda”, “One Reason Why” and “On My Own”. He toured the UK and Europe with his band Check 1–2. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1991, “Mona”, won Highest Selling Single for Craig McLachlan & Check 1–2. In the following year, his single “On My Own” was one of several works by Simon Hussey, who won Producer of the Year.
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In 1993 McLachlan starred as Danny Zuko in the West End revival of the musical Grease alongside Deborah Gibson and Sonia Evans. In his stage musical career, he starred as Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Caractacus Pott in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bob Wallace in White Christmas and Billy Flynn in Chicago. In the mid-1990s McLachlan starred in three seasons of the BBC television series Bugs and appeared in Catherine the Great alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Omar Sharif.
He appeared in around 20 film and television projects throughout the first decade of the 21st century, including the American movie Superfire, the television film Heroes’ Mountain as Stuart Diver, and Blackjack with Colin Friels. In 2004 he played Michael Chamberlain in Through My Eyes, an account of the Lindy Chamberlain story, and began work in the recurring role of Kane Morgan in McLeod’s Daughters. He played Jeff Kennard in the Australian film Hating Alison Ashley, worked alongside Benjamin Bratt and James Franco in The Great Raid, and starred with John Jarratt in Savages Crossing, for which he composed the score.
McLachlan appeared regularly in the Network Seven TV series Packed to the Rafters as aging rocker Steve Wilson and was cast in the fourth season of Rescue: Special Ops as Hayden Bradley. He played the role of Steve, the handsome gay gardener, in the award-winning production At Home with Julia and appeared in the ABC comedy Lowdown. In 2011 McLachlan had a guest-starring role in an episode of NCIS Los Angeles.
In 2011, British group Rizzle Kicks sampled McLachlan’s version of “Mona” for their single “Mama Do the Hump”, which peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. McLachlan returned to Australia in 2012 to work on a new TV series, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, a period crime drama set in Ballarat in 1959–60. He plays the titular role of Dr Lucien Blake, a medical practitioner with a knack for solving murders and annoying the police. The first two seasons were originally screened on ABC Television in 2013 and 2014.
Craig McLachlan was again cast in 2013 as Frank-N-Furter in a revival of The Rocky Horror Show touring Australia in 2014. In December 2014, McLachlan revealed that he was unable to return to Neighbours for the show’s 30th-anniversary celebrations owing to scheduling conflicts and his involvement in The Doctor Blake Mysteries.
McLachlan agreed to take part in the documentary special Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which aired in Australia and the UK in March 2015. In 2016, McLachlan appeared in the sci-fi thriller Restoration, playing Andrew Majury. McLachlan also had a recurring role in the Channel 10 dramedy The Wrong Girl alongside Jessica Marais.
Sexual harassment allegations
On 8 January 2018, a joint investigation by Fairfax Media and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported that Craig McLachlan had been accused of sexual harassment by several actresses during his performing career. Three actresses from the 2014 Australian production of The Rocky Horror Show — Christie Whelan Browne, Erika Heynatz and Angela Scundi — made allegations against McLachlan.
Craig McLachlan responded, “Frankly, they seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety. In either event, they are to the best of my knowledge utterly and entirely false.” McLachlan subsequently left the 2018 production of The Rocky Horror Show. Victoria Police announced they were investigating complaints from two of the women.
McLachlan filed defamation suits against the ABC and Fairfax Media in February 2018; he also named Whelan Browne in a defamation suit. Producers of The Doctor Blake Mysteries announced that production would be temporarily suspended pending the outcome of investigations. The production company, December Media, “cleared the actor of any misconduct” during the show’s run. In April, it was announced McLachlan would not be returning to the series.
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McLachlan’s defamation case was due to be heard in the Supreme Court of New South Wales from 4 February 2019; however, the suit was postponed pending the outcome of the related criminal proceedings. On 11 January 2019, Victoria Police charged him with one count of common assault, eight counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault. At a hearing in April 2019 it came to light that one of the indecent assault charges had been dropped and that the case would be determined by a magistrate alone.
In November 2019, a contested hearing of the charges began, with Stuart Littlemore as defense lawyer. The trial ended on 15 December 2020 with McLachlan acquitted on all charges. The magistrate described MacLachlan’s evidence as contrived and his emotions as “not seeming genuine” and characterized the women who gave evidence as “brave and honest witnesses”. The magistrate also said Mr McLachlan likely touched the women while they were performing, but that she the magistrate was not persuaded beyond a reasonable doubt he knew they were not consenting.
During the course of the trial, McLachlan’s lawyers argued “there was an overtly sexualized atmosphere among all cast members during the show that included crude physical pranks, hugs and kisses instead of saying hello and goodbye, actors sitting on each other’s laps, a constant stream of dirty jokes and insincere remarks about their admiration and love for each other”.
In May 2021 Seven News’ Spotlight program claimed that the ABC had “manipulated” McLachlan’s accusers when it interviewed the women in 2018. The program showed ABC journalists (off camera) appearing to coach the accusers by offering specific words and phrases for them to say in their interview, such as “predatory” and “power imbalance”. The ABC rejected those claims.
McLachlan filed a lawsuit against the ABC and Nine newspapers over media reports of the 2014 Rocky Horror Show tour allegations for which he was tried and acquitted. However, he applied to discontinue the suit 10 days into the trial, on the same day the defense was set to begin calling witnesses. On 15 May 2021, fresh allegations were made about the actor’s behaviour, including from Jeanne Downs, a former UK television star who accused the actor of groping her live while a guest on her popular children’s show in 1990.
Craig McLachlan is unofficially married to Vanessa Scammell, they never had a white wedding. His partner is an opera conductor whom he met in 2009. However, McLachlan has been married twice and has a child from his relationship with British actress and voice artist Charlotte Avery. McLachlan was briefly married to his first wife Karen Williams (fl. 1986) with whom he had attended the same secondary school, and he was subsequently married to his second wife Neighbours’ actress Rachel Friend (1998–99). He is the father of Jacob McLachlan.
Craig McLachlan net worth
How much is Craig McLachlan worth? Craig McLachlan net worth is estimated at around $10 million. His main source of income is from his career as an actor, singer, songwriter, agent and composer. McLachlan’s successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars trips. He is one of the richest and influential actors in Australia.