Rodger Corser has had a long rise to the top.
Corser’s breakthrough role came in 1998, when he was cast in the leading role in Rent, The Musical. Corser portrayed to the role of Roger, a HIV-positive musician. The show was a box-office hit over its Sydney and Melbourne seasons, and launched Rodger into a successful career in television.
His first television appearance was in an episode of BeastMaster in 2000, followed by guest roles in Australian dramas Water Rates, Stingers and McLeod’s Daughters until 2004.
In 2005, he was cast in a new Seven drama series Last Man Standing, which explored the personal lives of four friends. The series failed to resonate with the viewers and only lasted one seasons. The following year saw him appear in a recurring role as Dr Hugh Sullivan in Home & Away.
2008 was Corser’s breakout year when he was cast as detective Steve Owens in the inaugural season of Underbelly, which focused on the Melbourne gangland war that lasted from 1995 until 2004. He was also cast in police drama Rush as Lawson Blake, alongside fellow-Gold Logie nominee Sam Johnson, staying with the show until its finale in 2011.
In 2010, he played Steve Darling in the much-loved drama series Spirited, which lasted just two seasons.
Following Rush’s axing in 2011, Corser played the role of Ferris Hennessey in the Channel Ten drama Puberty Blues for two seasons, as well as Harry Miller in the ABC miniseries Paper Giants: The Birth Cleo in 2013.
The following year saw him take on politics in the incredibly under-appreciated Party Tricks as David McLeod, opposite Asher Keddie for Channel Ten.
2015 saw Corser take on his biggest work load yet, with a guest role in Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries, a role as John Doe in the supernatural drama series Glitch, and as Xander Ivan in The Beautiful Lie, a six-part series re-imagining Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel Anna Karenina.
Last year, Rodger joined The Doctor Blake Mysteries as Chief Superintendant Frank Carlyle. He also took on the role of Hugh Knight in Doctor Doctor, a heart surgeon who is gifted, charming and infallible, and is forced to return to his small country town of Whitehope.
Rodger has the chance to walk away on Sunday with three awards, Most Outstanding, Best Actor, and the Gold Logie. Will he be successful?