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Cast member Darren Gilshenan

Darren Gilshenan


After graduating from NIDA in 1988, Darren began his career in musical theatre before spending 10 years with The Bell Shakespeare Company. Sketch comedy followed with three years on Full Frontal, followed by roles in high-profile Australian TV series.

Darren is currently in production for Stan/Lionsgate’s production of Population 11. In addition Darren will also feature in the Freemantle Media / Disney + production of Nautilus which is an iconic, epic action-adventure story based on the works of Jules Verne, as well as Lingo Pictures Series Upright S2 directed by Mirrah Foulkes.

Recent selected television credits include: Easy Tiger Productions Colin From Accounts, Matchbox Pictures’ Joe vs. Carol for NBC, Cordell Jigsaw Productions; Darby and Joan, Troppo for Playmaker/EQ Media/Beyond,  How To Stay Married for Network Ten 1, 2 & 3, Stateless, Harrow 1, 2 & 3 for ABC TV; Here Come the Habibs 1 & 2; Jungle Entertainment’s No Activity 1& 2; Matchbox Pictures’ Maximum Choppage; The Killing Field for Seven Network; The Moodys 1 & 2; Devil’s Playground directed by Tony Krawitz and Rachel Ward; Rake 3 and Janet King for ABC TV; Top of the Lake, which was co-directed Jane Champion, Garth Davis and Ariel Kleiman; A Moody Christmas and The Outlaw Michael Howe, a television film directed by Brendan Cowell.

Darren has also appeared in films such as Bronte Pictures’ Take My Hand, directed by John Raftopoulos; Dancing Road Productions’ Carnifex , Arclight Films’ A Few Less Men, directed by Mark Lamprell; the AACTA nominated Women He’s Undressed, directed by Gillian Armstrong; and Another Man’s Box feature Save Your Legs, directed by Boyd Hicklin. He recently wrapped The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race, A Savage Christmas and Audrey. 

Select theatre credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Ensemble Theatre); Strictly Ballroom directed by Baz Luhrmann; Mother and Son national tour (Mother and Son Live P/L); Tartuffe (Black Swan Theatre Company); Elling, Don Parties On (MTC); Machu Picchu, Fool’s Island, Loot and Our Town (STC).

Darren was the 2020 AACTA Award recipient of Best Supporting Actor in a Television Drama Series for Stateless. He also received nominations at the 2017 Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Actor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and at the 7th AACTA Awards for Best Performance in No Activity 2. He has won a Best Actor Helpmann Award for The Servant of Two Masters, received Equity Ensemble Awards for The Moodys and A Moody Christmas, been nominated for a Golden Nymph Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival for Best Actor for Here Come The Habibs, and also received multiple Green Room, Sydney Critic and Glug Award nominations. 

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