Colin Friels

Colin Friels

“Colin embodies a lifelong education in acting. He considers himself a craftsman of the discipline. And like most great craftsmen he has a profound understanding of what it takes to be a master of your craft. I’ve had the privilege to direct him both in film and on the stage and every time it’s been an education. I can’t thank him enough for teaching me.” – Alkinos Tsilimidos, filmmaker/theatre director and 16th Street Actors Studio tutor


Multi AFI award winning actor and icon of Australian stage and screen, Colin Friels, began his training at Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA).

Colin’s career spans three decades with memorable performances in classic Australian films like Malcolm, Monkey GripKangaroo, High Tide, Cosi, Dark City, The Man Who Sued God and Tom White. On Australian television Colin is best remembered for his work on Water Rats (Logie Award winner) and the series of tele-movies for Network Ten, Black Jack.

Colin has worked for all major Australian theatre companies. His credits include Macbeth and Hamlet for Sydney Theatre Company, The Cherry Orchard for Queensland Theatre Company, and Death of a Salesman for Company B, Belvoir. He won Best Actor at the 2013 Green Room Awards, for his portrayal of Mark Rothko in Red for Melbourne Theatre Company and was awarded the Helpmann and Mo Awards for Best Actor in a Play for his role in Copenhagen also for Melbourne Theatre Company.


“I found that acting, as I got on, was about revealing more of yourself. Not in an indulgent way, it’s about being where you are at, now at this minute and what you are. You can be playing Mark Rothko; you can be playing Willy Loman, you can be playing in the Cherry Orchard, but what has life done to you? How can you give of yourself to the audience? You see, for me, it’s all for the audience to hear a story. I’ll give them everything I possibly can to tell them what I understand and what the quintessence of this story is.” – Colin