Guest stars as Douglas Goddard
Robert Coleby is a highly acclaimed actor with an extensive career in film, theatre and television in both the UK and Australia with over 150 credits to his name.
He returns to A Place To Call Home for season five, reprising the role of Douglas Goddard, now newly wedded to Elizabeth Bligh.
His television experience is extensive and he is probably best renowned for Chopper Squad (Series 1 and 2) as co-lead Barry Drummond and also for Patrol Boat (Series 1 and 2) as Lieutenant Charles Fisher. Most recently he has appeared in the mini-series House of Hancock, the Sony pilot The Frontier, Steven Spielberg’s epic sci-fi series Terra Nova and Sea Patrol. Robert has been seen in many much-loved Australian dramas All Saints, City Homicide, McLeod’s Daughters, G.P, The ANZACS, Carson’s Law, Paradise Beach and Young Doctors as well as the children’s television series Flipper.
In the UK he has appeared in John Halifax Gentleman as the lead, Ski-Boy as the co-lead, New Scotland Yard, Pollyanna, The Adventures of Black Beauty, Quiller and King Lear.
Robert’s feature film highlights include The Marine (l & ll), The Phantom, Bad Behaviour, Now and Forever, Walk the Talk, Little White Lies, Sebastian and the Sparrow, The Blue Lightning, The Plumber and the John Curran directed feature Tracks. Robert’s latest feature is the recently released Don’t Tell, directed by Tori Garrett.
Amongst Robert’s impressive list of theatre credits include the Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) productions of Pygmalion, Let the Sunshine, The Crucible, Heroes, John Gabriel Borkman, Absurd Person Singular, Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset, The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?, Mrs Warren’s Profession and The Tempest. He also appeared in the QTC/Black Swan Theatre Company production of Other Desert Cities. For Sydney Theatre Company: The Three Sisters, Heartbreak House, The Ideal Husband and in the UK: Erpingham Camp directed by Ian McKellen, Orpheus Descending, Romeo and Juliet and Don Juan directed by Stephen Hollis. Robert’s most recent stage performance was in Shake and Stir Theatre Company’s production of Endgame and in Opera Queensland’s concert Kiss Me, Kate.
Four years on and in Series 5 Douglas and Elizabeth are still soul mates, When he meets Frank Gibbs he realises the sad fact that Aboriginal diggers have been excised from the war narratives.