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Shane Bourne : biography

24 November 1949 -

Shane Bourne (born 24 November 1949 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian stand-up comedian, award winning actor and a television host.

Personal life

Has a daughter Ruby Louise Bourne (born November 20, 1990).


At the AFI Awards, in 2003 and 2005, Bourne won the 'Best Actor in a Television Drama' award for his role in MDA, and was nominated for the same award in 2002.

At the Logies, in 2003, he was nominated for the 'Most Outstanding Actor' award for his role in MDA.


1980's and 1990's

Bourne was a well-known comedic face throughout the 1980s and 1990s, with an acting role on the Australian version of the U.K. sitcom, Are You Being Served? (in 1980 and 1981). He also had regular appearances on Hey Hey It's Saturday (1988 - 1994) in various sketches, but mainly appeared on the Great Aussie Joke segemnt. In 1996, Bourne hosted a revived Blankety Blanks, which only lasted only two seasons.

He was also in 3 episodes of the drama series Prisoner in the early 1980's as 3 different guest roles.

2000's / 2010's

Bourne made a change to dramatic acting and has been critically acclaimed. After a two episode guest appearance on Blue Heelers in 2000, Bourne took the lead role of lawyer "Happy" Henderson, starring alongside Kerry Armstrong in the ABC1 legal-drama series MDA. The show ended after its third season in September 2005. This show won him 2 awards (see below). He also played a minor role in the film Kokoda, an Australia WWII film on the Kokoda Track where he played as the battalion's doctor.

Bourne hosted the television series Thank God You're Here from 2006 to 2009. In 2006, he hosted How the Hell Did We Get Here?, a series that aired on ABC1.

Bourne began acting in the Channel Seven series, City Homicide on 27 August 2007. He appeared on the show until it's axing after season 5, in 2011.

Bourne hosted the 2011 Logie Awards.

In 2012, Bourne appeared in the short-lived drama Tricky Business, that aired on the Channel Nine.

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