Roy Billing

Profile

Roy has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for over 40 years throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Latest projects have been The End, a TV series produced by See Saw where he played Art Weinberg in a stellar cast including Frances O'Connor and Dame Harriet Walker; and Never Too Late, a comedy feature film where 4 old Vietnam vets from a crack commando squad find themselves in the veterans' retirement home from hell and plot their escape. Roy played alongside James Cromwell, Dennis Waterman and Jack Thompson.

Roy’s film credits include Manny Lewis, Mystery Road, A Heartbeat Away, Swerve, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Charlie and Boots, Unfinished Sky, $9.99, Strange Bedfellows, The Bet, Razzle Dazzle, Aquamarine, Thunderstruck, Rabbit Proof Fence, Black and White, The Dish and Siam Sunset. He was recently seen in the feature Occupation and coming up next will be Myall Creek, The Very Excellent Mr Dundee (his 3rd film with Australian icon Paul Hogan) and Never Too Late.

Roy’s numerous television credits include a role in all five series of Rake, the ongoing role of Harry Strang in the Jack Irish series and telemovies, Drunken History, Sisters, House Husbands (Series 5), Cliffy, Here Come the Habibs!, Wonderland (Series 1 & 2), It’s A Date (Series 2), Agent Anna (Series 1 & 2), Cops: LAC, The Suspects, Underbelly ll, Packed to the Rafters, Chandon Pictures, Always Greener, Don't Blame Me, Blue Heelers, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Over the Hill, All Saints, Wildside, Secret Life of Us, Water Rats and Murder Call.

Roy’s most recent theatre appearance was in Belvoir Street’s production of Ruben Guthrie. Other theatre credits include Run Rabbit Run and the international tour of Cloudstreet (Belvoir Street), Art, Foreskin’s Lament (Auckland Theatre Company); Scam (Christine Dunstan Productions) and Chilling and Killing My Annabel Lee (Griffin Theatre Company) and numerous productions from the 70s to the 80s at Auckland’s Theatre Corporate and Mercury theatres

Roy is the recipient of an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama for Underbelly ll and was also nominated for a Silver Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor for Underbelly ll. He has received nominations for two Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his work on The Dish and Siam Sunset, an AFI Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Siam Sunset. He won a New Zealand Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in Old Scores, and a NZ TV Feltex Award for Best Actor for Inside Straight.

Roy has become a consistent and outspoken campaigner on behalf of the film industry and spent many years as an Ambassador for the Australian Screen Association. In December 2010 Roy was the recipient of the prestigious Motion Picture Association Asia-Pacific Copyright Educator of the year award at the CineAsia Conference in Hong Kong for his crusade against movie piracy. In 2015 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for “services to the performing arts, particularly as an actor, and to the community.”

He has spent time on the National Performers’ Committee of Actors’ Equity, served as Treasurer of the Actors’ Benevolent Fund of NSW Inc for many years. He is an Ambassador for the Australian Turf Club and the Sydney Swans Australian Rules football team and for many years was the Patron of the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation helping them to raise funds.

Location

Auckland , New Zealand