Brendan Cowell born on 16 August 1976 in Sydney, is an Australian actor, screenwriter, comedian and director. He was raised in an artistic family, with both of his sisters involved in dance and music. From a young age, Brendan Cowell created his own shows to perform in the family living room after dinner. At age 8, he was cast in a commercial while awaiting one of his sisters to come out of a rehearsal.
Brendan Cowell has had a long career in his native Australia as a writer, director producer and actor. He’s worked extensively with companies including Sydney Theatre, Bell Shakespeare and Belvoir Theatre, while also writing for shows including the hit TV series The Slap.
Cowell won the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award for his third play Bed along with a collection of other awards. His play Ruben Guthrie showed at the Belvoir St Theatre in 2009 to sell-out houses. It has a new production at La Boite Theatre in 2011, starring Gyton Grantley and directed by David Berthold. His most famous acting role is playing the enigmatic Tom on Australian cable TV’s Love My Way, for which he also wrote several episodes, and playing Todd for the first two seasons on Life Support on SBS TV, for which he also wrote sketches.
Brendan Cowell most recent foray into film have included roles in the 2007 crime drama Noise, World War 1 war film Beneath Hill 60 and romantic comedy I Love You Too. He won some acclaim for his portrayal of the title role in Bell Shakespeare’s 2008 Production of Hamlet and acted in Sydney Theatre Company’s production of True West, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, in 2010. Brendan lives in Newtown, New South Wales Sydney and is a committed supporter of the Cronulla Sharks rugby league team.
In 2017, he starred as Galileo Galilei in the Young Vic’s production of Bertholt Brecht’s Life of Galileo.
Brendan Cowell was born to parents Yvonne and Bruce ‘Bruiser’ Cowell. He has two older sisters, Belinda and Jacqui. Was a self-confessed loner at primary school, which he said was due to his reading poems out at assembly and making up little plays and forcing people to watch them. He dated Rose Byrne for six years until they amicably parted ways in early 2010.