William McInnes is a highly acclaimed and accomplished actor and writer. He shone in dramatic lead television roles in dramas such as The Shark Net, My Brother Jack, Blue Heelers, Stepfather of the Bride, Seachange, the critically acclaimed ABC telemovie Curtin, and the hard hitting SBS series East West 101.
For his unforgettable role in the feature film, Look Both Ways, William won the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor and received an AFI Award nomination Best Lead Actor. In 2008, William received both an AFI Award and a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for his performance in Unfinished Sky. William’s other feature film credits include David Caesar’s Dirty Deeds and Prime Mover, Blessed directed by Ana Kokkinos, and The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell. In 2006, William was awarded the Sydney Morning Herald, Sun Herald and The Age Australian Star of The Year Award.
William is the author of five best selling books - A Man’s Gotta Have a Hobby, winner of a 2006 Australian Book Industry Award, Cricket Kings, which was a 2007 Australian Book Industry Award nominee, That’d Be Right and The Making of Modern Australia. William’s fifth book, Worse Things Happen at Sea, co-written with his late wife Sarah Watt, was awarded the 2012 Indie Non Fiction Book of the Year. William’s latest book, The Laughing Clowns, was released in October 2012.
William most recently starred in the ABC telemovie, Dangerous Remedy, alongside Claudia Karvan in The Time Of Our Lives and as the host of Auction Rooms and Hello Birdy.
William’s guest speaking engagements include The History Council of Victoria Annual Lecture, Voices on the Coast Literary Breakfast, the Preoperative Nurses Conference and the 2012 ETAWA Teachers Conference. He has MC’d for the Australia Day Concert and the Australia Post Bicentenary Event.