Roy Harwood Billing OAM (born 1947) is a New Zealand television actor, now based on Waiheke Island, New Zealand. He was brought up in Ruawai, Northland, New Zealand. Billing spent almost three decades living and working in Australia. He became widely known for his role as organised-crime boss “Aussie Bob” Trimbole in the TV series Underbelly.

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Roy Billing in 2012.
Roy Harwood Billing

1947 (age 74–75)
New Zealand
SpouseLinda Tizard (¿? - present)
ChildrenKelly Billing
Simon Billing (1975 - October 26, 1995) deceased


In 1965 Billing formed a psychedelic rock band called The Ministry of Fog. After a short period at university doing a science degree, he dropped out and got a job at Inland Revenue. After three years he moved into advertising, joining Auckland agencies Jacka Brown and later, McCann Erickson. “For a long time, I was stuck in accounts when I really wanted to be in creative.” [1]

After hobby stints in amateur theatre and Theatre Corporate, founding director Raymond Hawthorne offered him a job with a state theatre program, Theatre in Education, working with high schools throughout the North Island. Billing left advertising to take up the less lucrative new role, at the age of 30. It was the beginning of his life as an actor.

"Looking back now, I don’t know how I managed it. Theatre in Education was actually quite a hard job. We travelled around the country going to schools and trying to engage students in the concepts of drama, and of course they didn’t want to know about it."[1]

Billing has starred in many television shows and had main roles on Bad Cop, Bad Cop, Dossa and Joe and Hell Has Harbour Views. Billing also had a recurring role on Blue Heelers as Senior Constable Ian Goss, on Always Greener as Eddie McGill, in Packed to the Rafters as Ron Barrett, and in Under the Mountain. In 2000 he featured in the film The Dish, a comedy about the moon landings, portraying the Mayor of Parkes. He also appeared as part of the ensemble on the 2006 season of Thank God You're Here. He has had a guest role on All Saints.

From 2012 Billing has played Harry Strang in the Jack Irish television drama series and television movies adapted from the detective novels by Peter Temple.[2]

In 2009, Billing played Griffith drug lord Robert Trimbole in the high-rating drama series Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, starring alongside Matthew Newton. He also starred in the film Charlie and Boots. Billing played the part of Chief Dufflepud in the 2010 film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader as well as a recurring character in the Nine Network police drama Cops L.A.C..

He started acting with Theatre Corporate, Auckland in the late 1970s. Early roles in New Zealand were in Sea Urchins a 1980-84 New Zealand TV series, the 1982 films The Scarecrow and Beyond Reasonable Doubt, the 1985 film Came a Hot Friday, and as Captain Gordon Vette in the 1988 miniseries Erebus: The Aftermath.

In 2013, he appeared in the New Zealand television comedy Agent Anna,[3] for which he agreed to be paid at New Zealand rates.

In 2020, Billing starred in the Australian comedy-drama film Never Too Late.[4]

Billing returned to New Zealand to live in late 2019.[1]

Actor Roy Billing photographed at his home in New Zealand in 2019.


Billing's plaque at the Australian Film Walk of Fame, Ritz Cinema, Randwick, Sydney

In 1999, Billing was nominated in the 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role' award at the AFI Awards for his role in Siam Sunset. In 2009, Billing won the 'Best Actor in a Television Drama' award at the AFI Awards, and was nominated for the 'Outstanding Actor' award at the 2010 Logies for his role in Underbelly.

Billing's career achievements were honoured in 2009 when he was inducted into the Australian Film Walk of Fame.[5]

On 26 January 2015, Billing was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for "service to the performing arts, particularly as an actor, and to the community".[6][7]

In 2015, Billing became the first person to be honoured with a star on Winton's Walk of Fame which was revealed during The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival in Winton, Queensland.[8]

Charity workEdit

Billing is a national ambassador for the cancer charity Dry July and has supported the charity for over 4 years.[9]


Year Film Role Other notes
2019 Never Too Late James Wendell
Myall Creek Day of Justice Judge Burton (in post-production)
Beast No More Gus (completed, but not released)
2018 The Confession Dr. John Sounitis (Short)(completed, but not released)
Shooter Frank (Short)
Occupation Town Mayor
2017 Shot Clock Crime Boss (Short)
2016 Roy Roy / Searle (Short)
2015 The Gap Don Ritchie (Short)
Manny Lewis Lyle
Crumble Father (Short)
2014 Tits on a Bull Rusty (Short)
A Lady & A Robot Lord Julian Stanley (Short)
2013 The Hatinator Paul (Short) (completed, but not released)
Autism Dr. Taylor (Short)
Fairytruth Pops (Short)
The Streak Uncle Nev (Short)
Mystery Road Robbo, Weapon Shop Owner
2011 Swerve Good Samaritan
A Heartbeat Away George
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Chief Dufflepud
2009 Benefit Father (Short)
Boys on Film 1: Hard Love Joe / Jana (segment "Mirror Mirror")
Charlie & Boots Roly
Boundless Dad (Short)
Dear Diary Arthur (Short)
2008 $9.99 Marcus Portman / Policeman #1 (voice) stop motion animated adult film
Mirror Mirror Joe / Jana (Short)
2007 Boys Own Story Uncle Charlie (Short)
Unfinished Sky Royce
The Rose of Ba Ziz The Great Whiz (Short)
Spike Up Steve Barker (Short)
Razzle Dazzle Arthur Rudd
2006 The Bet George
Aquamarine Grandpa Bob
2004 Thunderstruck Tiny
Strange Bedfellows Fred Coulson
2002 Black and White Det-Sgt Turner
Rabbit-Proof Fence Police Inspector
2000 The Magic Pudding Tom Bluegum (voice role) Animated film
The Dish Mayor Robert 'Bob' McIntyre
1999 Erskineville Kings Ticket Officer
Passion John Perring Jnr
Siam Sunset Bill Leach
1998 A Little Bit of Soul Judge
1997 Thank God He Met Lizzie Ron
Doing Time for Patsy Cline Dad
1996 Freestyle DS Grieve (Short)
Children of the Revolution Police Sergeant
1995 Swerve Businessman (Short)
1994 The Roly Poly Man Sidebottom
Dallas Doll Dave Harry
1991 Gotcha Fish Shop Owner (Short)
Old Scores Frank O'Riordan
1989 Zilch! Gary Hyde
1986 Queen City Rocker Stacy's Father
1985 Came a Hot Friday Darkie Benson
1984 Other Halves Harry Daniels
1983 Strata Keith
Savage Islands Auctioneer
1982 Klynham Summer Mr. Potroz
Beyond Reasonable Doubt Court Official
Year Television series Role Other notes
1980 Mortimer's Patch Ron Bailey TV Series, 1 episode
Sea Urchins Sharky (TV Movie)
1981 Under the Mountain one of the Wilberforce Family (disguised slug monster) TV Series, 5 episodes
1982 Loose Enz Thurston TV Series, 1 episode
1983 An Age Apart Passenger TV Series, 1 episode
1984 Gliding On Perce (1984-1985) TV Series, 1 episode
Inside Straight George McClean / George Maclean / George McLean TV Series, 9 episodes
Out of Time John Wilkinson (TV Movie)
Children of the Dog Star Donald Kierney TV Mini-Series, 6 episodes
1985 The Adventures of Terry Teo Shaddock TV Series, 4 episodes
1988 Erebus: The Aftermath Captain Gordon Vette TV Mini-Series, 4 episodes
1990 Raider of the South Seas Ted Grundy (TV Movie)
1991 Hampton Court Mr. Colloudos TV Series, 13 episodes
Police Rescue Myer TV Series, 1 episode
1992 A Country Practice James Deeko TV Series, 1 episode
G.P. Bob Otranto TV Series, 1 episode
Hey Dad..! Dr. MacLean TV Series, 1 episode
1993 Time Trax Mr. Miller TV Series, 1 episode (billed as Roy Billings)
Minder DS Davis TV Series, 1 episode
1994 Coverstory Detective Inspector Clark TV Series, 1 episode
Over the Hill Short Bob TV Series, 1 episode
1995 Mission Top Secret Superintendent Burke / Burke TV Series, 3 episodes
1996 Home and Away John Clinton TV Series, 3 episodes
1997 Big Sky Bob the Bookie / Barman TV Series, 1 episode
Water Rats Stan TV Series, 1 episode
1998 Wildside Kennedy TV Series, 2 episodes
Murder Call Harry Polding TV Series, 1 episode
1998-2008 All Saints Murray Blackwood (2004)/ Darryl Hornby (2008)/ Barry Croft (1998 was billed as Roy Billings) TV Series, 5 episodes
1999 Dog's Head Bay Franco Poreini TV Series, 3 episodes
2000 Variety Show at the End of the World War TV Series, 1 episode
2001 When Good Ghouls Go Bad Mayor Churney TV Movie, made by ABC Family
2001-2006 Blue Heelers Senior Constable Ian Goss TV Series, 5 episodes
2002 Bad Cop, Bad Cop Assistant Commissioner 'Pud' Tugwell TV Series, 2 episodes
Dossa and Joe Charlie TV Series, 1 episode
2002-2003 Always Greener Eddie McGill TV Series, 4 episodes
Don't Blame the Koalas Principal TV Series, 13 episodes
2003 Fat Cow Motel Bill Butler TV Series, 13 episodes
The Strip Douglas Collins TV Series, 8 episodes
Skin & Bone Tupper (TV Movie)
2005 The Secret Life of Us Frank TV Series, 1 episode
Small Claims: White Wedding Ron Duffy (TV Movie)
A Very Barry Christmas Barry Buckley (voice role) (TV Movie)
Hell Has Harbour Views Kevin Fields (TV Movie)
2006 Headland' Col TV Series, 5 episodes
Two Twisted Barber TV Series, 1 episode
Thank God You're Here part of ensemble Cast TV Series, 1 episode
2007 Jackie Jackie Mr. Chuck (TV Movie)
Valentine's Day Kevin Flynn (TV Movie)
2008 Packed to the Rafters Ron Barrett TV Series, 3 episodes
Out of the Blue Mr Holt TV Series, 1 episode
2009 Underbelly Aussie Bob Trimbole TV Series, 13 episodes
Chandon Pictures Celebrant TV Series, 1 episode
2010 Cops L.A.C. Graeme Sinclair TV Series, 13 episodes
2010-2018 Rake Senate President / Judge Jordan TV Series, 8 episodes
2011 Underbelly Files: Infiltration Aussie Bob (TV Movie)
2012 Micro Nation Narrator TV Series, 1 episode
'Jack Irish: Bad Debts Harry Strang (TV Movie)
Jack Irish: Black Tide Harry Strang (TV Movie)
Hounds David TV Series, 1 episode
2013 Cliffy Wally (TV Movie)
The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting Special Guest TV Mini-Series, 1 episode
2013-2014 Agent Anna Clinton Walker TV Series, 16 episodes
Wonderland Peter Varvaris TV Series, 4 episodes
2014 It's a Date Graham TV Series, 1 episode
Jack Irish: Dead Point Harry Strang (TV Movie)
2016 Dog Squadron Rex (voice) (TV Short)
Here Come the Habibs! Alan TV Series, 1 episode
2016-2021 Jack Irish Harry Strang TV Series, 16 episodes
2017 Sisters Ron TV Series, 7 episodes
House of Bond Doozer Hughes TV Mini-Series, 2 episodes
House Husbands Bernie TV Series, 1 episode
2018 Pilot Week Davis TV Series, 1 episode


  1. ^ a b c Downie, Ken (January 2020). "Roy Billing". North & South magazine. No. January 2020. Auckland: Bauer Media. pp. 68–72.
  2. ^ "ABC confirms June return date for season of JACK IRISH with GUY PEARCE". TV Blackbox. 16 May 2021. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Roy Billing". 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Maddox, Garry (16 April 2019) Life is still busy over 70 for stars of new 'triumph over ageing' film, The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Putting on the Ritz". Southern Courier. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division" (PDF). Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia. 26 January 2015. p. 15. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Australia Day honours: NSW residents recognised with Orders of Australia". ABC News. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  8. ^ Anderson, John (3 July 2015). "Bring in stars to boost Australian film industry, says actor". Townsville Bulletin. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Go Dry this July". Dry July 2021. Retrieved 16 May 2021.

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