Shane Jacobson is one of Australia’s most loved, award-winning actors, presenters and entertainers. His incredible and varied career spans over 40 years both here at home and internationally.
The successful film Kenny (2006) brought Shane world-wide recognition as well as an AFI Award for best lead actor. Shane’s subsequent credits include Cactus (2008) with BRYAN BROWN, Charlie & Boots (2009) with PAUL HOGAN, the animated Santa’s Apprentice (2010) with DELTA GOODREM, Surviving Georgia (2011) with HOLLY VALANCE and PIA MIRANDA, Hollywood blockbuster The Bourne Legacy (2012) with JEREMY RENNER, EDWARD NORTON and Academy Award winner RACHEL WEISZ, the hugely popular Oddball (2015) with SARAH SNOOK and DEBORAH MAILMAN, The Dressmaker (2015) with KATE WINSLET, JUDY DAVIS, LIAM HEMSWORTH and HUGO WEAVING and, more recently, The BBQ (2018) with MAGDA SZUBANSKI, That’s Not My Dog! (2018), Guardians of the Tomb (2018) wth KELSEY GRAMMER, Brothers’ Nest (2018) with his brother CLAYTON JACOBSON, Bruce Beresford’s Ladies in Black (2018), The Very Excellent Mr Dundee with Paul Hogan, Chevy Chase and John Cleese (2020) and Never Too Late with JAMES CROMWELL, JACKI WEAVER and JACK THOMPSON (2020).
As a TV host, presenter and actor, Shane’s appearances have been numerous and varied. Some of his shows have included hosting and presenting at the Australian Film Institute Awards (2010), Top Gear Australia (2010, 2011), The Great Australian Bake Off (2013), The Logies (2015, 2018), Little Big Shots (2017, 2018), Australia Now & Then (2021) and Inside Central Station (2021), as well as telemovies Beaconsfield (2012), The Mystery of the Hansom Cab (2012) and Jack Irish (2012, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2021) with GUY PEARCE, to roles in TV series like Kenny’s World (2007), The Time of Our Lives (2012, 2014), Fat Tony & Co (2014), Open Slather (2015), The Real Full Monty (2018), The All New Monty (2019), Australia’s Got Talent (2019), AACTA Awards host (2019), The All New Monty: Guys & Gals (2020) and AACTA Awards host (2020).
Shane’s stage career has been just as successful. On stage, he has received a Helpmann Award for Best Male in a Supporting Role for ‘Nicely Nicely’ in the 2008 revival of the musical Guys and Dolls. Some of Shane’s other on-stage roles include The Drowsy Chaperone (2010) with GEOFFREY RUSH, QI Live (2011) with STEPHEN FRY, 8 The Play (2012), Shane Warne – The Musical (2013), Mother & Son (2014) with NOELINE BROWN, The Rocky Horror Show (2018) with TODD McKENNEY and Hairspray (2022) with TODD McKENNEY, RHONDA BURCHMORE and ROB MILLS.
As an author, Shane has penned his best-selling bio The Long Road to Overnight Success and most recently his exploration of his life as a motoring tragic in his second book, Rev Head.