Frankie J. Holden
as Roy Briggs
Frankie J. Holden is recognised as one of Australia’s most versatile and popular performers. He was born in 1952, the same year the FJ Holden was manufactured, which he adopted as his stage name.
In 2016 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to entertainment and the community.
He returns for season five of A Place To Call Home in the much-loved role of Roy Briggs.
Frankie began his show business career in the 1970s with the legendary rock group Ol’55, alongside Wilbur Wilde. After disbanding in 1981, Frankie went on to forge a successful television and film career. He has created some of Australian television’s most memorable characters through leading roles in shows such as Police Rescue, Round the Twist, Something in the Air, Underbelly and Embassy.
He has also played guest roles in virtually every drama and sitcom on Australian television such as Prisoner, A Country Practice, The Strip, All Saints and Blue Heelers. In 1990, he was awarded Best Actor in a Telemovie by the Australian Film Institute for his performance in Police Crop.
Frankie is also a successful television presenter. From 1993 to 1996 he reported for The Great Outdoors and between 1996-98, he hosted his own live variety program In Melbourne Tonight for three years, which he lists as one of his career highlights.
He has also appeared in more than 30 films both here and overseas. Credits include High Tide, Evil Angels, The Big Steal, Proof, Hammers Over The Anvil, Fortunes of War and Clubland, earning him an AFI Best Supporting Actor nomination. His 1989 film Return Home earned him the Best Performance in a Feature Film award at the AFIs, an event he has hosted on three occasions.
In theatre, Frankie has appeared in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1981), The Rocky Horror Show (1992), Grease (1994), Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and most recently David Williamson’s Don Parties On for Melbourne Theatre Company in 2011.
Frankie is married to actress Michelle Pettigrove, best known for her long-running role as Kate Bryant in the much-loved series A Country Practice.
Frankie and Michelle, together with daughter Georgia Rose, hosted Discover Downunder (2008-12) and still often appear on What’s Up Downunder. It’s a passion close to their hearts as owners of the award-winning holiday park Tathra Beachside, situated close to their home on the Sapphire Coast of NSW.
When he’s not working, Frankie enjoys surfing and playing golf. He also still performs corporate gigs around the country.
For Roy, marriage to Dawn has been – and will continue to be – life-changing. Through the years Roy has endured endless hardships, losing his wife, his boys, his health at times, and battling life on the land. Now with Dawn and her daughter, Emma, Roy’s life looks to have all the makings of a happy future. Dawn is his rock and he’s come to view life from her optimistic vantage point. As season six opens they’re looking forward to welcoming their first child together.
“It’s hard not to take away a bit of Roy after playing him for so long,” Frankie says. “I’ve based Roy on my uncles who were all farmers and I’m taking away a bit of my family with me as well and I hope I take away Roy’s capability. I’m not very handy in private life but obviously being a farmer Roy’s very handy so I hope I take something from that.”