Erik Thomson (born 27 April 1967) is a Scottish-born New Zealand-Australian actor. He is known for playing Hades in the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena Warrior Princess and Young Hercules, Dr. Mitch Stevens in All Saints and Dave Rafter in Packed to the Rafters. Thomson won an Australian Film Institute Award for his performance in the Australian feature film Somersault.
Erik Thomson was born in Inverness, Scotland, and his family emigrated to New Zealand when he was seven. He studied performing arts at the New Zealand Drama School in Wellington and English Literature and drama at Victoria University of Wellington.
Thomson had a number of television roles in New Zealand, starting with Marlin Bay, a drama set in a casino and resort. He won a wider fan following for his occasional appearances as the god Hades in the series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess Young Hercules, all three series of which were filmed in New Zealand.
In 1995 he moved to Australia and landed regular roles in Pacific Drive, medical series All Saints (1999–2003) and The Alice (2005). He has had guest roles on such series as Wildside and Always Greener. From 2008 to 2013, Thomson played Dave Rafter on the Seven Network dramedy series Packed to the Rafters. from 2015 to 2018 he has the lead role in 800 Words.
His movie credits include the role of soldier Simon Mollison in the 2008 film The Black Balloon with Toni Collette. He appeared in Somersault with Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington, which scored him an AFI Award, and also featured in Accidents Happen with Geena Davis.
|1992||The Ray Bradbury Theater||Young Man|
|1995–1998||Xena: Warrior Princess||Hades|
|1998||13 Gantry Row||Kieron|
|1999–2003||All Saints||Dr. Mitchell Stevens|
|2001||Justin Brown||Justin Brown|
|2004||Through My Eyes||Professor James Cameron|
|2005||MDA (TV series)||David Simpson|
|2005–2006||The Alice||Jack Jaffers|
|2006||BlackJack: Dead Memory||Rob|
|2007||We're Here to Help||Dave Henderson|
|2008||The Black Balloon||Simon Mollison|
|2008–2013||Packed to the Rafters||Dave Rafter|
|2009||The Boys Are Back||Digby|
|2013||The Broken Shore||Steve Villani|
|2014||The Code||Niko Gaelle|
|2015||Now Add Honey||Richard Morgan|
|2015–2018||800 Words||George Turner|
|2018||Storm Boy||Malcom Downer|
|2020||The Luminaries||Dick Mannering|
|TBA||Back to the Rafters||Dave Rafter|
Thomson won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Somersault, and was nominated for his work in The Black Balloon. On television he has been nominated for a Logie Award five times, and has won two Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor.
Awards for Erik Thomson include:
|Logie Awards||2002||Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor||All Saints||Nominated|
|2009||Packed to the Rafters||Nominated|
|AFI Awards||2004||AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Somersault||Won|
|2008||The Black Balloon||Nominated|
- Indicates the year of the ceremony.
(The Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor was referred to as "Best Actor" in 2016 and 2017)
- Edwards, Verity. "Q&A: Erik Thomson, actor, 49". The Australian. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
- Cuthbertson, Ian (20 June 2009). "First Impressions: Erik Thomson, actor". The Australian. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
- Clune, Richard (7 September 2008). "Packed to the Rafters' Erik Thomson rates being a dad". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 8 July 2009.
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