Nicholas Coghlan is the fourth child of seven children and as the middle child of a bunch of serious professionals, it was something of a cliché that he’d become an actor.
He studied Acting at The National Institute of Dramatic Art — graduating in 2002 — and first gained recognition in the role of Adam Beckwith in Network Ten’s cult TV drama, The Secret Life of Us.
Afterwards, he moved across the ditch for a couple of years to play the series lead in New Zealand television’s Orange Roughies before returning to Australia to take up roles in film and television series including roles in Jack Irish: Black Tide, Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, and Nowhere Boys (Series 1, 2 & 3 and Nowhere Boys: The Book Of Shadows). He gained further notoriety in the role of Rodney Wickham, (the character Australian-audiences-most-loved-to-hate) in House Husbands (Series 1 & 4).
In between screen gigs, Nicholas has also been acting on stage in various productions at Belvoir St Theatre, the Melbourne Theatre Company, Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre and within the independent theatre scene — most notably with his own theatre companies, The Melbourne Town Players and The Public Studio.
In addition to his acting career, Nicholas has also pursued voice-over, producing, writing, directing, dramaturgy and teaching. At The Public Studio and Find & Replace Films, he has produced, written and photographed numerous live performances, video art and narrative works. He has taught at many leading actor training centres including, NIDA, the Victorian College of the Arts, and The National Theatre Drama School and he is currently in the process of drafting a book on acting technique.
Nicholas is a passionate advocate for diversity on our screens and stages and in the artistic and performance industries more broadly. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and two cats.
Nicholas is thrilled to join the Neighbours cast and is deeply honoured to be given the chance to bring Shane ‘Pufferfish’ Rebecchi — in all his classic “Aussie bloke” glory — to life.