Alumnus Richard Roxburgh wins best actor at Helpmann Awards

19 August 2014

ANU Economics alumnus and Australian actor Richard Roxburgh has won Best Male Actor in a Play, for his role as Estragon in the Sydney Theatre Company production, Waiting for Godot.

This is the second time Richard has received the prestigious honour after winning the 2008 Helpmann Award, also for Best Male Actor in a Play for his role as Roland Henning in Toy Symphony.

The Helpmann Awards, named in honour of Sir Robert Helpmann and to commemorate his memory and achievements, were established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia to recognise, celebrate and promote Australia’s live performance industry. They are the Australian equivalent to the Tony Awards and the Olivier Awards.

Roxburgh’s talents extend beyond the stage having featured in blockbuster films such as Mission Impossible II and Moulin Rouge. He received an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke in the telemovie Hawke.

Roxburgh is also the co-creator and leading actor in the ABC television series Rake, for which he received a Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor in a Series in 2011.

Roxburgh studied economics at The Australian National University, graduating with a BEc in 1984. After graduating, he pursued a career as an actor and went on to study at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

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