Rodger Corser

Rodger Corser (born 28 February 1973) is an Australian actor. He is best known for his portrayals of Detective Senior Sergeant Steve Owen in the Nine Network crime mini-series Underbelly, based on the Melbourne gangland killings, Senior Sergeant Lawson Blake in the Network Ten police drama series Rush, and as Dr. Hugh Knight in The Nine Network series Doctor Doctor. He was part of the main cast of Glitch in the role of John Doe/William Blackburn.

Rodger Corser
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Rodger Corser

(1973-02-28) 28 February 1973 (age 50)
Victoria, Australia
Years active2000–present
Renae Berry
(m. 2007)

Early lifeEdit

Corser graduated from Deakin University in 1996 with an Honours B.A. in Media Studies.[1] He formed a band called Tender Prey when he was 16. They played their majority of gigs at the Shoppingtown Hotel, Doncaster, Victoria.[2] He was also lead vocalist in a band called Stone the Crows.[3] They played Rolling Stones and Black Crowes covers as well as many original songs. They released "Perfect Face" on a Nu-Music CD in the mid-1990s.

Corser was also the lead vocalist in a 4-piece cover band called "Sideshow Bob" that played around a few Melbourne pubs during the mid-late 90s (1995–1996) – namely at places like the Royal Hotel in Essendon, Victoria, Australia.


Corser's big role came in 1998, when he was cast in the leading role (from a field of 6,000) in the Australian production of the musical Rent.[4][5] Corser portrayed the role of Roger, an HIV-positive musician.[6] The show played seasons in Sydney and Melbourne and launched Corser into a successful career in television.[1] His other theatre credits include Leader of the Pack and Below.[4] In 2009, he took to the stage in the theatre production Secret Bridesmaids' Business.[1]

Corser played Detective Senior Constable George Newhouse in the final four episodes of Water Rats in 2001.[4] Corser played Peter Johnson in the Australian drama series McLeod's Daughters from 2001 to 2004.[4] He played the lead role of Alex in the Australian movie Let Me Not in 2005. He portrayed photographer Adam Logan in the Australian television series Last Man Standing and Dr Hugh Sullivan in Home and Away from 2006 to 2007.[7][8] Corser has appeared in numerous television adverts, most notably for car maker Hyundai.[9]

In 2008, Corser was cast as Detective Senior Sergeant Steve Owen in the Nine Network crime mini-series Underbelly, based on the Melbourne gangland killings.[9][10]

From 2008 to 2011, Corser starred as Lawson Blake in the Australian police drama Rush, which follows the lives of members of the prestigious Tactical Response team (TR), which is based on the real life Victoria Police Critical Incident Response Team, a highly mobile unit that fills the operational gap between general duties police and the SWAT-like Special Operations Group.[11]

Corser narrated the first series of Network Ten's factual TV series Recruits, which shows the people in training to become police officers in the New South Wales Police Force and people who have only just started out on the beat. In 2010, Corser started work on Spirited, a new television series on the W channel on Foxtel.[12]

In 2013, Corser starred, alongside Rachel Griffiths, in the American television series Camp.[13]

From 2012 to 2014, Corser starred in the Network Ten 1970s period drama Puberty Blues as philanderer Ferris Hennessy, abusive husband to Yvonne, and father to series protagonist, Gary.[14] He then starred in the Network Ten drama Party Tricks as Victorian Opposition Leader David McLeod alongside Asher Keddie.[15]

From 2015 to 2019, Corser has co-starred as John Doe in the ABC series Glitch, as well as in the 2015 ABC series The Beautiful Lie, a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina, as Xander Ivin.[16][17]

He starred as Chief Inspector Frank Carlyle in The Doctor Blake Mysteries in series aired February 2016 - September 2017, series 4, episode 3 - series 5, episode 2.

Since 2016, he has been starring as series protagonist Dr Hugh Knight in the Channel 9 series Doctor Doctor.[18] For his role on this show, he was nominated for the Gold Logie three times (in 2017, 2018 and 2019).[19][20] Also at the Logie Awards, he has been nominated for the Most Popular Actor award three times (2017 - 2019) and the Most Outstanding Actor award twice (2017 and 2018).

Since June 2021, Corser has filled in for David Campbell on Today Extra when Campbell is unavailable.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Corser's oldest daughter, Zipporah Mary Corser, was born in 2002 from his previous relationship with singer Christine Anu.[21]

In 2007 Corser married Renae Berry. The couple learned in 2009 that they were expecting their first child.[22] The pair now have three children.[23][21]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Let Me Not Alex the Architect
2007 Passing Through Julian Short
2009 Before Sundown Father Short
2011 Burning Man Jack
2011 The Cup Jason McCartney
2014 Love Is Now Const. Richards
2019 Rocky & Me Dad Short


Year Title Role Notes
2000 BeastMaster Sararmago "Riddle of the Nymph"
2001 Water Rats Det. George Newhouse 4 episodes
2001–04 McLeod's Daughters Peter Johnson Recurring role (Seasons 1–4)
2003–04 Stingers Karl De Groot "The Thin Blue Line", "Twilight"
2005 Last Man Standing Adam Logan Main role
2006–07 Home and Away Dr. Hugh Sullivan Recurring role (Seasons 19–20)
2007 The Starter Wife Larry Hamill TV miniseries
2008 Underbelly Steve Owen Main role
2008–11 Rush Lawson Blake Main role
2009 Recruits Narrator (voice) TV series
2010–11 Spirited Steve Darling Main role
2011 Recruits: Paramedics Narrator (voice) TV miniseries
2012–14 Puberty Blues Ferris Hennessey Main role
2013 Paper Giants: Magazine Wars Harry M. Miller TV miniseries
2013 Camp Roger Shepard Main role
2014 Party Tricks David McLeod TV miniseries - main role
2015 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Capt. Lyle Compton "Murder & the Maiden"
2015–19 Glitch John Doe/William Blackburn Main role
2015 The Beautiful Lie Xander Ivin TV miniseries - main role
2016 The Doctor Blake Mysteries Frank Carlyle Regular role
2016–21 Doctor Doctor Hugh Knight Main role (Seasons 1–5)
2019 Play School Himself 1 episode
2019 Who Do You Think You Are? Himself 1 episode
2021– Five Bedrooms Stuart Wendell Recurring role (Season 2–)
2022 Thai Cave Rescue Dr. Richard Harris Netflix limited series
2022 The Traitors Himself Host
2023 RPA Himself Narrator

Award nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 Astra Awards Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor (Male) Spirited Nominated [24]
2017 Logie Awards Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television Doctor Doctor Nominated [25]
Best Actor Nominated
Most Outstanding Actor Nominated
2018 Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television Nominated [26]
Most Popular Actor Nominated
Most Outstanding Actor Nominated
TV Tonight Awards Favourite Male Nominated [27]
2019 Logie Awards Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television Nominated [28]
Most Popular Actor Nominated
2022 Most Popular Actor Nominated [29]


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  2. ^ Lallo, Michael (14 July 2010). "A boy in blue, again". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Roger Corser's Past Uncovered". Nova 93.7. 6 October 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "Rodger Corser from pub band to Glitch and Doctor Doctor". The Daily Telegraph. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
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  8. ^ "Doctor Doctor Channel Nine 2017: Rodger Corser tells of his awkward ...". The Daily Telegraph. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  9. ^ a b Thomson, Owen (3 October 2016). "Stars and their cars: Rodger Corser". Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  10. ^ Prior, Neale (20 August 2009). "Over Underbelly". The West Australian. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  11. ^ Houston, Melinda (18 July 2010). "Expensive Ten cop drama pushes all the right buttons". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  12. ^ Brown, Pam (13 October 2010). "All systems go for Corser". The West Australian. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  13. ^ Lowry, Brian (8 July 2013). "Camp". Variety. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Ferris Hennessy". Network Ten. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  15. ^ Enker, Debi (6 October 2014). "Party Tricks gives Asher Keddie and Rodger Corser a chance to shine". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  16. ^ Miller, Megan (3 July 2015). "Actor Rodger Corser stars as dark, mysterious guy in ABC drama Glitch". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  17. ^ Neutze, Ben (16 October 2015). "The Beautiful Lie (ABC TV): Tolstoy gets the Offspring treatment". Daily Review. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  18. ^ Cronin, Seanna (11 September 2016). "Surgeon faces his flaws in new 'dramedy' Doctor Doctor". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  19. ^ Knox, David (25 March 2017). "Logie Awards 2017: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  20. ^ Knox, David (27 May 2018). "Logie Awards 2018: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Rush star Rodger Corser and Renae Berry expecting first child together". Herald Sun. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  22. ^ Byrne, Fiona (28 October 2007). "Campbell's album swings". Sunday Herald Sun. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  23. ^ "Rodger Corser: The baby we thought we'd never have!". Woman's Day. 19 April 2010. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  24. ^ Knox, David (30 May 2011). "ASTRA Awards 2011: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  25. ^ Knox, David (26 March 2017). "Logie Awards 2017: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  26. ^ "Logies 2018: Complete list of winners". The Courier-Mail. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  27. ^ Knox, David (9 January 2018). "TV Tonight Awards: Best of 2017". TV Tonight. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  28. ^ Knox, David (26 May 2019). "Logie Awards 2019: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  29. ^ Knox, David (15 May 2022). "Logie Awards 2022: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 27 July 2022.

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