Richard Roxburgh



Australian actor

  • Primary profession
  • Actor·writer·producer
  • Country
  • Australia
  • Nationality
  • Australian
  • Gender
  • Male
  • Birth date
  • 01 January 1962
  • Place of birth
  • Albury
  • Spouses
  • Silvia Colloca
  • Education
  • National Institute of Dramatic Art




Graduated from prestigious Australian theatrical school NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts) in 1986.

One of six children of an accountant.

Went to ANU in Canberra to study economics before deciding to become an actor. Lives in New South Wales on the Eastern beaches.

Has a flat in Notting Hill, London.

Has directed plays in Australia.

Is the youngest of his six siblings.

The mouth piece he wore as the Fantom in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" distorted his voice so much that he had to redub his dialogue for the films release.

Assumes a different accent and octave-level for each character, with his characters voices ranging from the wimpy screech he used as the Duke for "Moulin Rouge" to his rich, deep Romanian accent as Dracula in "Van Helsing.".

He has two roles in common with Christopher Lee , Frank Langella and Anthony D.P. Mann : (1) Lee played Count Dracula in ten films from Dracula to Dracula pre et fils , Langella played him in Dracula , Roxburgh played him in Van Helsing and Mann played him in Canucula! (Dracula in Canada) and Terror of Dracula and Lee played Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes , Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady and Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls , Langella played him in "Standing Room Only" {Sherlock Holmes} , Roxburgh played him in The Hound of the Baskervilles and Mann played him in Sherlock Holmes and the Shadow Watchers .

He appeared in two films where Victorian British characters are altered in an action packed fantasy setting: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Van Helsing .

Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his performance in the film Van Helsing , he did not receive a nomination however.

Met Italian actress Silvia Colloca during the filming of Van Helsing. He played Dracula and she played his wife. They got married a year later in Tuscany, Italy.

Son Raphael Roxburgh was born February 2007.

His directorial debut, Romulus, My Father, received a record-breaking 16 nominations in the prestigious 2007 Australian Film Institute Awards (AFI), including Best Film and Best Director.

For his performance as Hamlet in the Belvoir Street Theatre production of "Hamlet", he was awarded the 1995 Variety Club of Australia Stage Award, the 1994 Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Award (Best Performance by an Actor) and was nominated for the 1995 Green Room Award (Best Actor).

He played Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles and his arch-enemy Professor James Moriarty in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen .


Dancing with Kate Beckinsale made me very excited.

You have to sort of see the way that the character behaves, and what the,character says and does, and claim it in the same way that you claim,anything, really.

My most difficult thing so far, to be brutally honest, has been to waltz,as if I knew what I was doing.