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William McInnes

William McInnes is one of Australia's most critically acclaimed all-round actors and author of five best-selling books.

Equally at home in theatre, film and television, he has played countless lead and supporting roles in some of the most successful and memorable productions this country has had to offer.


William has been widely acknowledged by industry peers and audiences receiving multiple Australian Film Institute and Logie nominations for his extensive body of work.

He was nominated for Best Lead Actor by the AFI for his role in Look Both Ways and received the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor. He also received an AFI Award and a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for his performance

William featured in David Caesar’s Prime Mover and Blessed directed by Ana Kokkinos. In early 2011, he was in the New Zealand feature, The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell, directed by Brendan Donovan.

In television, William has shone in dramatic lead roles in The Shark Net, My Brother Jack, Blue Heelers, Stepfather of the Bride, Seachange, Curtin, East West 101 and most recently in the ABC’s hit The Time Of Our Lives.

His many lead roles on the stage only further highlight William’s remarkable career. His performances include Don Juan for Sydney Theatre Company, Macbeth and Ray’s Tempest for Melbourne Theatre Company and Darcy forboth company’s landmark productions of Pride and Prejudice.

Recently, William appeared in Equus for the Perth Theatre Company and My Fair Lady in New Zealand.

His books have also won a number of awards as well as being best sellers.

William’s first book A Man’s Gotta Have a Hobby, won a 2006 Australian Book industry award,his second, Cricket Kings was a 2007 Australian book industry award nominee, and his fifth book, Worse Things Happen at Sea, co-written with his late wife Sarah Watt, was awarded the 2012 Indie Non Fiction Book of the Year.

Other titles include That’d Be Right, The Making of Modern Australia and The Laughing Clowns, which was released in October 2012.

The wealth of entertaining stories William McInnes can tell in his own laconic, relaxed style is a definite crowd pleaser.

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  • St Edmund’s College Foundation would strongly recommend William McInnes for a guest speaker for any event.

    William was truly a wonderful speaker, extremely engaging and funny and the crowd loved him.

    We would highly recommend William at your next function.

    Kath Creedy - Community Development Officer - St Edmund's College
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