Podcast | Craig McLachlan (SAS Australia) – burst onto our television screens in 1987 as the loveable Henry Ramsay in Neighbours.

Craig has appeared in a massive range of Australian productions including Home and Away, Always Greener, McLeod’s Daughters, City Homicide, Packed to the Rafters, House Husbands and who can forget him playing the  title role in the Doctor Blake Mysteries.

Craig, is to many, a great musician and in 1991 won an ARIA Award for Highest Selling Single.

However, in 2018 allegations of sexual harrassment by several actresses were made and Craig subsequently left The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Seven chose not to use him for a reincarnation of The Doctor Blake Mysteries. In a separate case in 2019, criminal charges were laid against Craig with McLachlan totally acquitted of all charges.

Craig has put himself in the SAS Australia firing line as a contestant and at the half way point he is still in the series and doing well.

In this very special podcast, Craig McLachlan chats about:

  • Dannii and Kylie Minogue
  • childhood
  • getting into music and acting as a teenager
  • how Neighbours came about
  • being labeled a ‘hunk’
  • coping with overnight stardom
  • keeping the work fresh during 418 episodes of Neighbours
  • jumping ship to Home and Away (and a great Christopher Skase story)
  • the importance of music
  • the smash single ‘Moana’ (and an interesting filming tale)
  • playing Stuart Diver in Heroes Mountain
  • Bugs (UK production)
  • Always Greener
  • NCIS: Los Angeles
  • breaking the soap star mould
  • The Doctor Blake Mysteries
  • his mental health over the last 5 years
  • Craig McLachlan 2.0
  • supporting himself through the last 5 years
  • standing down people from employment based on allegations alone
  • speaking out comes with responsibilities
  • the role of the media in allegations
  • the motivation of people to make false claims
  • his partner Vanessa
  • why do SAS
  • if the experience helped his mental health in a positive way
  • the inclusion of Cassie Sainsbury to the cast of SAS
  • if there was friction amongst the cast
  • “breezing through the course” (my words)
  • the DS interrogation
  • being calm under pressure
  • connection with Anthony Mundine
  • where to now
  • where he would like to be the next 2 – years

SAS Australia on Channel 7 and 7plus – uncensored episodes available on 7plus

TV Central Seven content HERE

Podcast | Craig McLachlan (SAS Australia)

Very special thanks to Craig’s partner Vanessa, who has been a light the last 5 years and assisted with this podcast

Note: This is a long podcast. I decided not to put in separate episodes, so that Craig can be heard raw and unedited. There are some some glitches with sound, but that is poor internet, as opposed to Craig’s voice.

Pick your player below. The podcast is also available through Apple Podcasts, Deezer, Amazon, iheart Radio and more

SAS Australia

The most savage show on TV, SAS Australia, returns to Channel 7 and 7plus on Monday, 9 October with a new group of star recruits descending on one of the toughest environments faced by Special Forces operatives: the Middle East. 

Former world boxing champion Anthony Mundine, ‘Cocaine Cassie’, Olympians Stephanie Rice, Peter Bol and Matthew Mitcham, Balinese princess Lindy Klim, Thai cave rescue hero Dr Craig Challen and Brownlow medallist Jason Akermanis are just some of the 14 Aussie celebrities who have volunteered for the toughest challenge of their lives: a series of physical and psychological tests from the real SAS selection process.

For the first time on SAS Australia, these men and women will travel offshore to a secret base in the Jordanian desert where they will eat, sleep and train together in punishingly hot conditions without allowances for their celebrity status or gender.

Chief Instructor Ant Middleton is once again joined by Ollie Ollerton and two new Directing Staff, Jamie “Jay” Morton and Anthony “Staz” Stazicker.

With a combined half-century of Special Forces experience between them, their mission is to break down each recruit and rebuild them to be the best versions of themselves, determining who, if any, have what it takes to be selected as a fellow SAS soldier.

SAS Australia is produced by Screentime, a Banijay Group company, based on a Minnow Films format.

The star recruits set to take on SAS Australia in 2023 are: 

Abbey Holmes, 32 – AFL Field Commentator

Anthony Mundine, 47 – World Champion Boxer

Boyd Cordner, 30 – Retired NRL Star

Cassie Sainsbury, 28 – Convicted Drug Smuggler 

Dr Craig Challen, 57 – Thai Cave Rescue Hero

Craig McLachlan, 57 – Actor

Jason Akermanis, 46 – AFL Hall of Famer

Lindy Klim, 45 – Balinese Princess

Mahalia Murphy, 29 – International Rugby Star

Matthew Mitcham, 35 – Olympic Gold Diver 

Peter Bol, 29 – Olympic Runner

Stephanie Rice, 34 – Olympic Champion 

Tim Robards, 40 – OG Bachelor

Zima Anderson, 25 – Actor

Podcast | Craig McLachlan (SAS Australia)
Podcast | Craig McLachlan (SAS Australia)

Craig McLachlan in Pictures

Podcast | Craig McLachlan (SAS Australia)

Craig McLachlan in Video

Podcast | Craig McLachlan (SAS Australia)