Tony Sheldon

Tony Sheldon (born 12 September 1955) is an Australian actor/singer best known for his work in theatre; he is also a writer.

Tony Sheldon
Born (1955-09-12) 12 September 1955 (age 66)
OriginBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • actor
  • singer
  • writer


Sheldon comes from one of Australia's leading theatrical families: his mother is Toni Lamond,[1] his aunt Helen Reddy, and his grandmother Stella Lamond.

He won the 2005 Helpmann Award, the Sydney Critics Award, the Mo Award and the Glugs Award for his performance as Roger de Bris in The Producers.[2] He was also nominated for a Helpmann and a Green Room Award for his work in The Witches of Eastwick in 2003. He wrote and directed The Times of My Life at the Ensemble Theatre (2006)[3] and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival for his mother, Toni Lamond.

Sheldon played more than 1,700 performances as Bernadette in Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, West End (2009)[4] and Toronto prior to the Broadway premiere in March 2011.[5][6] He won the Green Room Award, Best Male Artist in a Leading Role,[7] and was nominated for an Olivier Award (2010, London).[8] He was nominated for the Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Priscilla on Broadway.[9] As part of the tenth anniversary tour in Australia presented by Michael Cassel Group, Tony performed his 1800th performance as Bernadette in Melbourne on 7 March 2018 and hit the milestone of 1900 performances in the role on Wednesday 20 June at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney. He played Dufayel in the musical adaption of Amélie. Starting in 2019 he played Grandpa Joe in the Australian production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Personal lifeEdit

Sheldon and his long-term partner, actor and playwright Tony Taylor, have been together for 38 years.[10]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Broadway, "Priscilla", 2011
  • Tony Award-Leading Actor in a Musical (nomination)
  • Drama League-Outstanding Performance (nomination)
  • Drama Desk- Leading Actor in a Musical (nomination)
  • Outer Critics Circle Award-Leading Actor in a Musical (nomination)
  • Theatre World Award (winner)
West End, Priscilla, 2009
  • Oliver Award – Leading Performance in a Musical (nomination)
  • What's on Stage Award – Leading Performance in a Musical (nomination)[11]
Australia, Priscilla, 2006/7
2005, The Producers
2003, The Witches of Eastwick
  • Glugs Award – Best Actor in a Play, A Poor Student (winner)
  • Greenroom Award – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Falsettos
1991, Wherefore Art Thou, Cabaret?
  • Mo Award – Performer of the Year (nomination)
  • Mo Award – Best Actor in a Musical (nomination)
1985, Madonna and Child
  • Greenroom Award – Best Actor in a Musical (nomination)
  • Greenroom Award – Best Director of a Musical (nomination)
1984, Torch Song Trilogy
  • Greenroom Award – Best Actor in a Play (winner)
  • Variety Club Heart Award – Actor of the Year (winner)
  • Sidney Myer Award – Contribution to Sydney Theatre (nomination)
1977, Inner Voices
  • National Theatre Award – Best Actor in a Play (winner)
  • Sydney Theatre Critics Award – (winner)


Cast albums and soundtracksEdit

Select filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Biography, accessed 5 May 2011
  2. ^ Tony Sheldon, Jeremy Stanford & Daniel Scott", accessed 5 May 2011
  3. ^ Hopkins, Mark." 'The Times of My Life' ", 16 January 2007
  4. ^ Paddock, Terri.Jason Donovan Leads Priscilla into Palace, 23 Mar", 16 September 2008
  5. ^ Healy, Patrick."Theater:Tony Sheldon 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert'" New York Times, 20 February 2011
  6. ^ " 'Priscilla' Broadway Bound, with Tony Sheldon to Star", accessed 5 May 2011
  7. ^ Priscilla sweeps Green Room Awards, 21 April", accessed 5 May 2011
  8. ^ "Olivier Winners, 2010, See Best Actor in a Musical or Entertainment" Archived 7 September 2012 at, accessed 5 May 2011
  9. ^ Jones, Kenneth and Gans, Andrew."2011 Tony Nominations Announced; Book of Mormon Earns 14 Nominations" Archived 7 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine, 3 May 2011
  10. ^ Doreian, Robyn (27 January 2018). "Tony Sheldon: Why it's been a privilege to work alongside my mum". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  11. ^ Full List: 2010 Award Winners", 14 February 2010
  12. ^ "2007 Nominations and Recipients", accessed 5 May 2011

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