Craig McLachlan - Biography

Last Modified: Nov 11, 2022

Craig McLachlan
Profession: Actor, Singer
Best Known For: Neighbours (TV series)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $8 million

Personal Details

Born on : September 1, 1965 (age 57)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Craig Dougall McLachlan
Birth Place: Long Jetty, New South Wales, Australia
Horoscope: Virgo
Father's Name: Peter McLachlan
Mother's Name: Madeline McLachlan
Siblings: 1

Bruce McLachlan (older brother)

Ethnicity: English
Nationality: Australian


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: In Relationship
Girlfriend Name: Vanessa Scammell

Karen Williams (?-1989)
Rachel Friend (1998-1999)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.83 meter (6 feet 0 inch)
Weight: N/A
Hair Color: Blond
Eye Color: Hazel
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Craig McLachlan?

Craig McLachlan is an actor, singer, and musician by profession. The Australian national has been involved in music, theatre, film, and TV for over 30 years and is best known for appearing in Neighbours, Home and Away, and Bugs.

Craig McLachlan in Neighbours (Image: Queensland Times)

Craig McLachlan – Age, Parents, Siblings

Craig McLachlan’s birth took place on 1 September 1965 in Long Jetty, New South Wales, Australia. His birth name is Craig Dougall McLachlan and was born to his mother Madeline McLachlan and his father Peter McLachlan. He has a sibling, an older brother named Bruce McLachlan.

There are no further details available on his parents as well as siblings.

Education, Ethnicity

Although not much has been shared about Craig McLachlan’s educational history, it is known that he left The Entrance High School to pursue a career as an actor. His ethnicity is also not known.

Craig McLachlan – Girlfriend, Wife, Children

McLachlan was first married to his high school girlfriend Karen Williams. They had attended the same secondary school. However, his marriage to his first wife ended in divorce in 1989. His second wife is actress Rachel Friend. The pair had co-starred in the soap opera Neighbours. They were married from 1998 to 1999 and do not have any children together.

From his relationship with voice actress Charlotte Avery, he has a son named Jacob who was born in 2000. currently, he is dating opera conductor Vanessa Scammell. The couple has been dating since April 2019.

Craig McLachlan, Vanessa Scammell (Image: The Australian)

Craig McLachlan – Career

Early Career

McLachlan’s early years as an actor were a struggle. He auditioned for TV commercials but was unsuccessful. So he returned home to work as a laborer and a plumber's assistant. 

Craig McLachlan did make his second attempt in the film and TV industry. He eventually landed a guest role in the TV soap opera Sons and Daughters in late 1986. Finally, in 1987 he was cast as Henry Ramsay, a regular role, in the TV series Neighbours. He portrayed the character from 1987 to 1989 which is his breakthrough role.

Films, Series

Over the years McLachlan has starred in numerous films including Mad Bomber in Love (1992), Let's Get Skase (2001), Hating Alison Ashley (2005), Amar a morir (2009), Restoration (2016), Deep Water (2020), among others. He has also appeared in TV films Heroes II: The Return (1991), Catherine the Great (1996), Superfire (2002), 

Moreover, he has worked extensively in TV series. Some are namely Bugs (1995-1997), Always Greener (2001-2001), Packed to the Rafters (2008-2012), Rescue: Special Ops (2011), House Husbands (2013-2014), Deep Water (2016) and main roles in The Doctor Blake Mysteries (2013-2017), The Wrong Girl (2016).

Albums, Singles

Craig McLachlan is an accomplished singer, composer, and musician as well. His studio albums include Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2 (1990) which was certified ARIA: Gold followed by the release of Hands Free (1992) and Craig McLachlan & The Culprits (1996). His two musical albums include Grease (1993), and The Rocky Horror Show (1995).


On the set of Deep Water, Craig McLachlan has worked with Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Dan Spielman, Yael Stone, Ben Oxenbould, Julian Maroun, and Ben Gerrard.

Craig McLachlan in Deep Water (Image: SBS)

Craig McLachlan – Sexual harassment

In January 2018, a joint investigation reported that Craig McLachlan had been accused of sexual harassment by several actresses including Christie Whelan Browne, Erika Heynatz, and Angela Scundi He denied the allegations adding the accusations are “utterly and entirely false.”

In February 2018 he filed defamation suits against ABC and Fairfax Media. In April hearing one of his indecent assault charges was dropped by the prosecutor. In April 2020 it was reported that 13 accusations remained while he has long maintained his innocence.

Craig McLachlan, Vanessa Scammell in 2020 (Image: NewsColony)

Craig McLachlan – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth of McLachlan is estimated to be around $8 million while the figure on his annual salary is under review.

Craig McLachlan – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media sites Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, Craig McLachlan is absent.

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