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.
Performing has always been an important part of Shane’s life. It all began in amateur theatre at the age of 10 and he hasn’t stopped since. His quick wit and gift for characterisation cemented his early success, with gigs in stand-up comedy, as a TV audience “warm-up guy” and as radio character “Sergio” leading on to an impressive list of appearances in music videos, TV commercials and short films.
But it was his role as the character Kenny Smyth in 2006 that brought him wide recognition both at home and internationally. Shane won a string of awards for Kenny, including the prestigious AFI Award for Best Actor and, together with his brother and director CLAYTON JACOBSON, the 2006 IF Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Script and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Original Screenplay. Kenny wasn’t just a critical success – it grossed almost $8 million at the Australian box office, making it the highest grossing Australian film in three years, and also became the highest selling Australian DVD release ever.
Kenny opened the door on Shane’s feature film career and his subsequent credits include Newcastle (2008), Cactus (2008) with BRYAN BROWN, Charlie & Boots (2009) with PAUL HOGAN, the animated Santa’s Apprentice (2010) as the voice of Santa, Surviving Georgia (2011) with PIA MIRANDA and HOLLY VALANCE, Hollywood blockbuster The Bourne Legacy (2012) with JEREMY RENNER, RACHEL WEISZ and EDWARD NORTON, the hugely popular Oddball (2015) with SARAH SNOOK, ALAN TUDYK and DEBORAH MAILMAN, the highly acclaimed The Dressmaker (2015) with KATE WINSLET, JUDY DAVIS, LIAM HEMSWORTH and HUGO WEAVING, and A Few Less Men (2017), sequel to the smash hit A Few Best Men.
2018 saw the release of the action thriller Guardians Of The Tomb with KELLAN LUTZ, KELSEY GRAMMER and LI BINGBING and The BBQ with MAGDA SZUBANSKI, MANU FEIDEL, JULIA ZEMIRO and NICHOLAS HAMMOND, That's Not My Dog featuring PAUL HOGAN, MICHALA BANAS and STEPHEN HALL plus Brothers' Nest with 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).
Shane’s stage career has been just as successful as his screen career. The role of ‘Nicely Nicely’ in the 2008 revival of the musical Guys and Dolls with LISA McCUNE, IAN STENLAKE, MARINA PRIOR, GARRY McDONALD and MAGDA SZUBANSKI, earned Shane a Helpmann Award for Best Male in a Supporting Role, and he's entertained thousands of theatre goers with roles in The Drowsy Chaperone (2010) with GEOFFREY RUSH, ROBYN NEVIN and RHONDA BURCHMORE, QI Live (2011) with STEPHEN FRY, 8 The Play (2012) with RACHEL GRIFFITHS, Shane Warne – The Musical (2013) with EDDIE PERFECT and LISA McCUNE, Mother & Son (2014) with NOELINE BROWN and DARREN GILSHENAN and The Rocky Horror Show (2018) with TODD McKENNEY.
His TV appearances have been numerous and diverse. From host and presenter of the Australian Film Institute Awards (2010), Top Gear Australia (2010, 2011), The Great Australian Bake Off (2013), The Logies (2015), Little Big Shots (2017, 2018) and The Real Full Monty (2018); to starring turns in telemovies Beaconsfield (2012) with LACHY HULME, The Mystery of the Hansom Cab (2012) with JOHN WATERS and Jack Irish (2012, 2014) with GUY PEARCE and BARRY HUMPHRIES; roles in TV series like Kenny’s World (2007), The Time of Our Lives (2012, 2014), Fat Tony & Co (2014), Open Slather (2015) and Jack Irish (2016, 2018); and appearances on reality TV shows The Real Full Monty (2018), The All New Monty (2019) and Australia’s Got Talent (2019) and The All New Monty: Guys and Gals (2020). Shane will soon appear in the Seven TV show Mates on a Mission.
Shane can, and does, turn his hand to just about anything. As an author he has penned automotive pieces for Drive and his 2014 autobiography The Long Road to Overnight Success became an instant hit and number 1 bestseller. In 2017 he explored his life as a motoring tragic in his second book Rev Head. He has also contributed to the funny and heart-warming compilations Dear Santa (2018), It Happened In A Holden (2014) and Your Mother Would Be Proud (2009).
As a producer he’s brought shows like Rock Soldiers (2011) and Hangin’ with Hoges (2014) to the screen. He’s been seen hosting events and programs like the Australian Motoring Festival, Top Gear Live, Friday Night Crack Up, The Living Room and Manspace, for which he is also the Executive Producer. As a singer he’s a regular guest at the annual Carols by Candlelight and fronted 2015’s sellout show A Night Out with Shane Jacobson and The Melbourne Ska Orchestra.
Amongst this incredible body of work Shane has always found time for people and causes close to his heart. He is, or has been, the patron or ambassador for HeartKids Australia, Scouts Victoria, Docklands Film Studios, Australian Side by Side Racing Championships, HMAS Canberra, Get Reading, Entertainment Assist, The Mirabel Foundation, Variety and Parkinson’s Victoria. As a brand ambassador Shane has been promoting IGA Australia's supermarkets and the Isuzu truck range since 2016, and has long been a proud ambassador and rider of Indian Motorcycles and ambassador, driver and racer of Polaris all-terrain vehicles.