as George Bligh
Brett Climo has worked in many of Australia’s most successful television dramas in a career extending over three decades
He began acting lessons while at high school and on finishing started doing TV commercials and extra work before landing his first TV role in 1983 on the classic soap Sons and Daughters. His big break then came in 1987 in the critically acclaimed mini-series Vietnam, directed John Duigan and Chris Noonan.
Brett has long been a fixture on Australian television and together with A Place To Call Home’s George Bligh, permanent roles include nurse Michael Langley in the much-loved A Country Practice (1987-1989), Dr David Ratcliffe in The Flying Doctors (1987-94) and Robbie Doyle, Maggie Doyle’s (Lisa McCune) bad boy brother in Blue Heelers (1997-98). Other TV appearances include Embassy, G.P, the mini-series Tracks of Glory, Snowy, Body Melt, Pacific Drive, Snowy River: The McGregor Saga, Murder Call, Halifax f.p: Without Consent, Water Rats, Stingers, Something in the Air, City Homicide, The Elephant Princess, Cops LAC and All Saints.
More recently he was seen in the ABC telemovie The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here, Killing Time and the doco-drama Myall Creek.
Brett’s film credits include Lost and Found, starring alongside Rebecca Gibney and his A Place To Call Home co-star Frankie J. Holden, Ana Kokkinos’ Blessed, Wild Poppies, Double Vision, The Inner Sanctuary, Blackwater Trail, Body Melt, The Wicked and Going Sane.
He has performed on stage in The Lady in the Van for Sydney Theatre Company, Fred and Hay Fever for Melbourne Theatre Company, The Ishmael Club and Crazy Brave for Playbox Theatre, and A Hard God for the Queensland Theatre Company.
Originally from Sydney, Brett now lives in Melbourne with wife Michelle.
Season six sees George’s decency and quiet leadership prevail. He hopes that past turmoil is behind him and he can now be free to focus on family life. He’s embraced and accepted James’ lifestyle, and surprised Sarah and David with a trip to Israel. Steadfast and strong, he will be the enduring bearer of the love and support his family need in their ever-changing lives in The Final Chapter.
For Brett, George Bligh is a gentleman in the true sense of the word: “I like the idea that a normal man on our screens can be strong and normal and that doesn’t mean boring, and good doesn’t mean boring, and good values are interesting so I’ve really embraced playing him for those qualities [of] decency and good manners, and in a way it’s because I was cast to play the role, it reinforces the idea that one can live their life that way and it’s okay, you don’t have to rock the boat for the sake of it. A lot of people do that, but I’m not interested much so if a little bit of that has given me the confidence to live a bit like that, that’s a good thing.”