Erik Thomson

Erik Thomson (born 27 April 1967) is a Scottish-born New Zealand-Australian actor.[1] 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.

Erik Thomson
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Born (1967-04-27) 27 April 1967 (age 54)
NationalityScottish/New Zealand/Australian
Years active1990−present
(m. 1999)

Thomson won an Australian Film Institute Award for his performance in the Australian feature film Somersault.

Early lifeEdit

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.[2]


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, Thomson 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 had the lead role in 800 Words.

Thomson's work in theatre includes roles in Complete Works of Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Twelve Angry Men, and Angels in America.

Thomson's film 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. Another Thomson role is as Malcom Downer in the 2019 film Storm Boy with Geoffrey Rush, and Finn Little.

Personal lifeEdit

Thomson is married to actress Caitlin McDougall and has a daughter named Eilish and a son named Magnus.[3]


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. For television, he has been nominated for a Logie Award five times and has won two Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor.

Awards for Thomson include:

Organizations Year[a] Category Work Result
Logie Awards 2002 Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor All Saints Nominated
2003 Won
2004 Nominated
2009 Packed to the Rafters Nominated
2010 Nominated
2016 800 Words Won
2017 Nominated
2018 Nominated
AFI Awards 2004 AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Somersault Won
2008 The Black Balloon Nominated
  1. ^ Indicates the year of the ceremony.

(The Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor was referred to as "Best Actor" in 2016 and 2017)


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
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
2004 Somersault Richard
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
2009 Beautiful Frank
2009 Accidents Happen Bob
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
2019 Awoken Robert
2020 The Luminaries Dick Mannering
2021 Coming Home in the Dark Hoaggie
2021 Aftertaste Easton West
2021-present Back to the Rafters Dave Rafter


  1. ^ Edwards, Verity. "Q&A: Erik Thomson, actor, 49". The Australian. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ Cuthbertson, Ian (20 June 2009). "First Impressions: Erik Thomson, actor". The Australian. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
  3. ^ 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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