Simon Burke is one of Australia’s most accomplished and respected performers.
At age 13, he made his acting debut in the 1976 classic feature film The Devil’s Playground, winning the Australian Film Institute Best Actor award. Simon starred in Foxtel’s six-part mini-series Devil’s Playground, in which he reprised the role of ‘Tom Allen’, the character he played 40 years earlier in the original film. Simon was also Executive Producer of the project, which in 2015 won both the AACTA and Logie awards for Most Outstanding Telefeature or Mini Series.
Simon has appeared in over 130 stage productions in Australia, the UK and North America.
On London’s West End he starred as Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Raoul in Phantom of the Opera, Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music opposite Dame Judi Dench, Georges in La Cage Aux Folles opposite John Barrowman. Australian musical theatre highlights include as Mr. Banks in Disney’s Mary Poppins, Marius in the original Australian cast of Les Miserables, and Billy in Anything Goes (Green Room Award Best Actor in a musical).
Simon’s other film credits include Passion, Pitch Black, Travelling Light and Super Awesome. Simon’s countless television credits include Deep water, Dead Lucky, Rake, Hustle, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Alice, Brides of Christ, Scales of Justice, Water Rats, South Pacific and Grass Roots, and for 25 years was one of ABC TV”s Play School‘s best-loved presenters.
In 2015 Simon was awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) for distinguished service to the performing arts as an actor, singer and producer.