William McInnes is one of the most accomplished and popular actors on the Australian landscape today. In 2006 William was awarded the Sydney Morning Herald, Sun Herald and the Age Australian Star of The Year Award. Equally at home in theatre, film and television, comedy and drama, he has played countless lead and supporting roles in some of the most successful and memorable productions this country has had to offer and has multiple AFI and Logie nominations for this extensive body of work.
In television, William has shone in dramatic lead roles in RAKE, DEEP WATER, THE TIME OF OUR LIVES alongside Claudia Karvan, THE SHARK NET, MY BROTHER JACK, BLUE HEELERS, STEPFATHER OF THE BRIDE, EAST WEST 101 and SEACHANGE. He has also appeared in the ABC telemovies CURTIN and DANGEROUS REMEDY and as the host of AUCTION ROOMS and HELLO BIRDY.
William’s work in Australian cinema is also widely acknowledged, by both industry peers and audiences alike. The feature film, LOOK BOTH WAYS, saw William achieve a nomination for Best Lead Actor by the Australian Film Institute and receive the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor. William received an AFI Award and a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for his performance in UNFINISHED SKY. In 2009, William featured in David Caesar’s PRIME MOVER and BLESSED directed by Ana Kokkinos. In early 2011, William was seen in the New Zealand feature, THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF GAZZA SNELL, directed by Brendan Donovan.
His many lead roles on the stage only further highlight William’s remarkable career. His performances include DON JUAN for Sydney Theatre Company, LAST MAN STANDING, THE WAITING ROOM, THE EFFECT, MACBETH and RAY’S TEMPEST for Melbourne Theatre Company and as Darcy for both company’s landmark productions of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. He also appeared in EQUUS for Perth Theatre Company and MY FAIR LADY in New Zealand.
William is also the author of nine books, FULL BORE, A MAN’S GOTTA HAVE A HOBBY, winner of a 2006 Australian Book industry award, CRICKET KINGS which is a 2007 Australian book industry award nominee, THAT’D BE RIGHT and THE MAKING OF MODERN AUSTRALIA. His fifth book, WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA, co-written with his late wife Sarah Watt, was awarded the 2012 Indie Non Fiction Book of the Year. THE LAUGHING CLOWNS, was released in October 2012, THE BIRDWATCHER, was published in November 2013, and William’s latest book HOLIDAYS was published in 2014.