Old Camberwell Grammarians' Association

Gallery of Achievement


Mr J Andrew McFarlane (1969)

Andrew McFarlane is an instantly recognisable personality to Australian film, television and theatre audiences.

Over three decades on television, he has become an icon of the Australian screen, having appeared in some of our most successful programmes. His broad ranging appeal has delighted children for almost a decade on Play School, he also played beloved 70s/80s character JOHN Sullivan in The Sullivans, and Dr. ’Tom CALAGHAN in The Flying Doctors among many other memorable TV appearances in programs including: Glitch, A Place to Call Home, Love Child, his ASTRA Award winning role in Devils Playground (mini-series), Janet King, The Alice, Neighbours, Through My Eyes, Heroes’ Mountain the Thredbo Story, The Day of The Roses, Home & Away, Water Rats, Blue Heelers, Shortland Street, All Saints, Murder Call, The Violent Earth, Heartbreak High, Spellbinder, Halifax fp, GP, Rafferty’s Rules, Patrol Boat, Division 4 and Homicide. He is currently shooting the new Channel 9 series Hyde & Seek and the ABC mini-series Seven Types of Ambiguity to be screened later in 2016.

Andrew appeared as Donald Mackay in Underbelly II, A Tale of Two Cities - Australia’s highest rating television series launch ever. He is also a regular on the popular reality programme 20 to One. Andrew’s film credits include Truth, The Shallows, The Falls, Razzle Dazzle, Little White Lies, Returning Lily, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Doctors and Nurses, Break of Day and Born to Run.

Andrew has also appeared in leading roles in countless stage productions, many with Sydney and Melbourne main stage theatre companies. His credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cyrano de Bergerac, King Lear, Henry 1V Pt 1, A Month in the Country, Private Lives, Emerald City, After the Ball, Woman in Mind, Scarlett O’Hara at the Crimson Parrot, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe, as well as, Salieri in Peter Shafer’s Amadeus. Andrew premiered in David Williamson’s Let the Sunshine, and more recently, Nothing Personal. Following his appearance in the Black Swan State Theatre Company’s production of Arcadia, Andrew starred in the Melbourne Theatre Company production of The Heretic, Tamarama Rock Surfers’ I Want to Sleep with Tom Stoppard and in Griffin Theatre Company’s Dreams in White. In 2016 Andrew appeared in Quartet for Queensland Theatre Company.

Andrew recently delighted audiences in Perth performing with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and joined Gordon Frost Organisation’s blockbuster musical FAME as resident director and in the role of Mr Myers.

Andrew has also enjoyed a successful voice-over career, playing characters such as Big Nut Brown Hare and Otter in the children’s classic Guess How Much I Love You as well as narrating audio books for the blind.