Doctor Blake, Dr Frank-N-Furter, Danny Zuko, Ed from BUGS, Grant from Summer Bay, Henry from Erinsborough.
Names that evoke the warmest feelings to countless millions of people across nations and a whole generation. The only thing this divergent bunch of much-loved characters share in common is, of course, the same face.
Suddenly it’s 2016, which makes it exactly three decades since the life-force that is Craig McLachlan first appeared on our screens.
It was 1986 when a wide-eyed, big-haired kid from the country came to town and instantly scored himself the leading role of Henry Ramsay in what quickly became the defining TV show of its generation – Neighbours. By the end of that decade, Craig was officially the most popular personality on Australian television, Winner of the Gold Logie in 1990, a household name throughout the UK, as well as a chart-topping rock star in real-life.
At the start of the 1990s, Craig moved to a starring role in Home & Away, playing teacher Grant Mitchell. It helped him complete a rare hat-trick of Silver Logies for Most Popular Actor and Outstanding Actor (1989, ’90, ’91).