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Stefan Dennis (born 30 October 1958, Tawonga, Victoriamarker, Australia) is an Australian actor most famous for playing the role of Paul Robinson in the Australian soap opera Neighbours from 1985–1993. He is also known for his 1989 hit single "Don't It Make You Feel Good", although the record was not a top 10 hit it received much media attention due to his Neighbours fame.

He returned to Neighbours at the end of 2004, and was a regular character once again as of 2005, signing a three-year contract which ran to the end of 2008, which he has now extended. He is the only current cast member who appeared in the first episode, although he is not the longest serving due to his long break.

Biography

Dennis was born in Tawonga, but his family moved to Queenslandmarker for 12 years where Dennis did most of his schooling. Dennis started showing his genuine interest in music and acting at the age of 7 and was 11 years old when he started in Amateur Theatre in Queensland. His debut with this first theatre company was in Oliver!. Also, this time Dennis and his brother formed a vocal duo and performed on many occasions. They played at weddings, charity events, and some large concerts.

By the age of 14 Dennis was convinced he wanted to go into the entertainment business. Dennis understood the pitfalls associated with choosing the career of an entertainer, so he decided to get a trade behind him to support him through the times when he may be out of work.

He left school at 15 and took an apprenticeship as a chef. On completion of his chef's certificate, Dennis moved from the Gold Coast in Queenslandmarker to Melbournemarker, Australia's thriving financial and entertainment capital. In the following five years, Dennis worked hard gaining knowledge, experience and a respected name within the industry, filling all the empty gaps in the kitchens of Melbourne's abounding restaurants.

Dennis started out in guest roles on programmes such as Skyways, Carson's Law, Young Ramsay, Prisoner, Home, The Henderson Kids, The Sullivans, The Young Doctors and many others. Dennis has a number of credits to his name. He had a major role in The Henderson Kids, a co-lead in an ABCmarker production called Infinity Limited, and he co-starred in The Flying Doctors mini-series. Eventually he came to what can probably be considered his big break in the acting world - In 1985 Dennis landed a role in Neighbours. He originally auditioned for the role of Shane Ramsay before ending up as the character Paul Robinson.

Through the role in Neighbours came opportunities like appearing at the Royal Variety Performance along with other cast members. Neighbours has become popular worldwide, being shown in 57 countries. In the UKmarker alone during the 1980s there were more people watching the show than the total population of Australia.

After finishing Neighbours in 1992, Dennis moved to the UK and worked on a variety of TV shows and theatre productions. Dennis is no stranger to the stage in the UK, having appeared in many pantomimes, plays, and musicals. In 1994 Dennis played Mickey in Blood Brothers, touring in New Zealandmarker and Australia before returning to the UK to appear in the show in both the West End, and in a national tour of the UK.

Even with living in the UK and appearing in TV shows such as Dream Team, River City, The Bill, and Casualty; Dennis also found time to return to Australia from time to time for guest roles in shows such as Blue Heelers, Good Guys Bad Guys, and Stingers.

Whilst in the UK Dennis has also become a partner in Lex Film Entertainment, and was associate producer on the movie The Truth About Love. He also found love of his own, and married his wife, Gail. The couple have two sons, Cameron and Declan, and a daughter Darci. The family are now back living in Australia.

It was more recently that Dennis was invited back to Neighbours. Initially it was for a short stint as a returning cast member as part of the 20th Anniversary celebrations for the show. It wasn't long before Dennis' contract was extended, due to his character's popular return, and Dennis is now back as a regular cast member. stefandennis.com official website

Neighbours



After his 2004 return to Neighbours, Dennis's character Paul has been involved in many of the show's major storylines. Paul had a leg amputated. He was later a key figure in the Bass Straitmarker plane crash storyline. In the final episode of 2005, Paul was attacked by a grieving Harold Bishop (Ian Smith).

Other TV work

  • The Sullivans
  • The Young Doctors
  • Prisoner - as "Shayne Berkley"
  • Young Ramsay (1 March 1980) - as "Sid Atkinson" in episode: "Gift Horse"
  • Prisoner (1981) - as "Peter Richards"
  • Five Mile Creek (3 April 1985) - as "Boy #2" in episode: "The Best of Mates"
  • The Flying Doctors (1985) (mini series) - as "Doug Hennassy"
  • The Henderson Kids (1985) as "Terry"
  • The Office (1996) - as "Nigel"
  • Blue Heelers (1 July 1997) - as "Colin Docker" in episode: "Poetic Justice"
  • Good Guys Bad Guys (14 April 1998) - as "Andy Caesar" in episode: "Don't Cry for Me Arch 'n' Tina"
  • Stingers (22 February 1999) - as "Snr. Com. Karl Hiller" in episode: "Nothing Personal"
  • The Big Breakfast (14 December 2001) - as himself
  • Dream Team (2001–2002) - as "Samuel Irving"
  • River City (2002) - as "Dr. Marcus McKenzie"
  • Casualty (19 November 2002) - as "Mark Christie"
  • The Bill (17 May 2003) - as "Gene Bishop"
  • Rove Live (19 July 2005) - as himself


Movies

  • Channel Chaos (1984) - Actor as "Cameraman"
  • In 1995 Dennis organised a charity showing of the movie Baraka for the EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency)
  • The Truth About Love (2004) - Production as associate producer - Actor as "Dougie"


Theatre work

  • 1990/91 - Robin Hood - Liverpool, UK
  • 1991/92 - Aladdin - Southampton, UK
  • 1992/93 - Cinderella - Bournemouth, UK
  • 1993 - Whose life is it anyway? - UK Tour
  • 1993/94 - Jack and the Beanstalk - Wimbledon, London, UK
  • 1994 - Blood Brothers - Australia
  • 1994 - Blood Brothers - New Zealand
  • 1994/95 - Peter Pan - Blackpool, UK
  • 1995 - Blood Brothers - UK (inc.West End)
  • 1995 - Point of Death - UK Tour
  • 1997 - Murder by Misadventure - UK Tour
  • 1998/99 - Aladdin - Weston-Super-Mare, UK
  • 2000 - Fool For Love - Edinburgh
  • 2007 - Aladdin - Aberdeen
  • 2009/10 - Cinderella - Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, UK


Other work

  • Dennis has worked as a voiceover artist for many years both in Australia and the UK.


Music

In 1989, he started a side-line music career, and released the single "Don't It Make You Feel Good", which reached #16 in the UK, in May of that year; its B-side was "Solo Dancing". He later released a second single, "This Love Affair", which failed to make the Top 40, reaching #67. "Don't It Make You Feel Good" is a cult classic amongst UK students, to this day.

World Records

  • Dennis was part of the team that set a new world record in 1995 for 24 hour endurance outdoor karting. The team - Dennis, David Brabham, Russ Malkin, Steve Malkin set the record of 1664.7 km on a 1.3 km track at Brooklandsmarker, Weybridge, Surrey, UK on Feb 24-25 1995.


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