Up next in our Gold Logie Countdown is Rodger Corser – will it be third time lucky for this actor?
Corser’s breakthrough role came in 1998 when he was cast as the leading role in Rent: The Musical, portraying the role of Roger, a HIV-positive musician. The show was a box-office hit over its Sydney and Melbourne seasons, launching Rodger into a successful acting career.
His first television appearance was in 2000 in an episode of BeastMaster, followed by guest roles in Australian dramas Water Rats, Stingers, and a recurring role in McLeod’s Daughters from 2001-2004. In 2005, he was cast in Seven’s new drama series Last Man Standing, which explored the personal lives of four friends. Unfortunately, the series failed to resonate with viewers and only lasted one season. The following year saw him appear in a recurring role as Dr Hugh Sullivan in Home and 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 to 2004. Continuing with crime dramas, he was also cast as Lawson Blake in the series Rush, staying with the show until its finale in 2011.
In 2010 he played Steve Darling in the much-loved drama series Spiritied, which lasted 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 Pater Giants: Magazine Wars in 2013. The following years saw Corser take on politics in the incredibly under-appreciated Party Tricks as David McLeod for Channel Ten.
2015 was one of the busiest years for Corser as he took as his biggest work-load yet – a guest role in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, a role as John Doe in the supernatural drama series Glitch, and a role as Xander Ivan in The Beautiful Lie, a six-part re-imagining of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel Anna Karenina.
In 2016 he joined The Doctor Blake Mysteries as Chief Superintendent Frank Carlyle, as well as the role of Hugh Knight in Doctor Doctor, a role he still holds today as the series approaches a fourth season.
In 2017, apart from continuing on Doctor Doctor and Glitch, Corser was nominated for three awards at that year’s Logies – Most Outstanding Actor, Best Actor and the Gold Logie – but was sadly unsuccessful. The same nominated followed in 2018, but it still wasn’t his time.
This year Doctor Doctor will continue for a fourth season while Glitch wraps up with its final season. He is once again up for Best Actor and the Gold Logie, with Doctor Doctor also up for Most Popular Drama – can he walk away with an award this time?