Darren Gilshenan


After graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1988, Darren began his career in musical theatre and then spent 10 years with the Bell Shakespeare Company.

Select theatre credits include The Hypochondriac (Darlinghurst Theatre Company); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, as George (Ensemble Theatre); Strictly Ballroom the Musical directed by Baz Luhrmann; Arthur in Mother and Son alongside Noelene Brown, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney (Mother and Son Live P/L); Tartuffe (Black Swan Theatre Company); Elling, Don Parties On (Melbourne Theatre Company); Machu Picchu, Fool’s Island, Loot, Our Town and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Sydney Theatre Company).

Recent television credits include Harrow co-starring Ioan Gruffudd, Here Come the Habibs Seasons 1 & 2, Maximum Choppage, The Killing Field, The Moodys and The Moodys 2, Rake 3, Janet King, Top of the Lake and A Moody Christmas.

Film credits include A Few Less Men, the AACTA nominated Women He’s Undressed, Save Your Legs and The Outlaw Michael Howe.

Darren received a 2017 Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Mainstage Production for his work in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and at the 7th AACTA Awards, a nomination for Best Performance in a Television Comedy for No Activity. He also won a “Best Actor” Helpmann Award for The Servant of Two Masters, and Equity Ensemble Awards for The Moodys and A Moody Christmas and was nominated for a Golden Nymph Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival for Best Actor in Here Come the Habibs, as well as multiple Green Room, Sydney Critic and Glug Award nominations.