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Erik Thomson (born April 27, 1967 in Invernessmarker, Scotlandmarker, United Kingdommarker) is a Britishmarker-born New Zealandmarker actor best known for his roles in the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Dr. Mitch Stevens in All Saints and Dave Rafter in Packed to the Rafters. He has also been a regular presenter on the travel show Getaway.


Early life

Erik Thomson was born in Invernessmarker, Scotlandmarker but his family emigrated to New Zealand when he was six. He studied performing arts at the New Zealand Drama School in Wellingtonmarker and English Literature and drama at Victoria University of Wellingtonmarker.


Thomson had a number of New Zealand television roles, the most notable of which was as Hades in both the Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess series.

In 1995 he moved to Australia and landed regular roles in Pacific Drive, All Saints and The Alice. He has had guest roles on such series as Wildside and Always Greener. Thomson is currently appearing as Dave Rafter on the Seven Network dramedy series Packed to the Rafters, which is currently in its second season.

An accomplished theatre and small screen actor, Erik has performed in such stage titles as Complete Works of Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Twelve Angry Men, and Angels in America.

His movie credits include the role of Simon Mollison in the 2008 film The Black Balloon with Toni Collette, Gemma Ward, Rhys Wakefield and Luke Ford. He also appeared in Somersault with Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington, which scored him an AFI Award. He will star in the upcoming film Accidents Happen alongside Geena Davis.


Thomson has been nominated for Logie Award two times, and has won one Logie, including twice winning a silver Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television.

Awards for Erik Thomson include:

  • 2003: Logie Award for the Most Popular Actor (for All Saints)
  • 2004: AFI Award for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role (for Somersault)

  • 2004: FCCA Award for the Best Supporting Actor - Male (for Somersault)
  • 2004: Logie Award for the Most Popular Actor (for All Saints)


Thompson is married to actress Caitlin McDougall and has a daughter named Eilish.


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