Chris King became a household name around the world playing the larrikin orderly Dennis Jamison in the hit Australian soap opera The Young Doctors. Dennis was the joker of the pack who could often be found gossiping with kiosk lady Ada Simmonds (played by the late great Gwen Plumb) or trying to chat up one of the sexy young nurses. We watched Dennis grow up on our screens and develop into a responsible family man.
I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Chris for many years, he is one of the most generous and hardest working people you could ever hope to encounter, but even I was surprised to be reminded that this year marks his golden anniversary – fifty sparkling years in showbusiness.
Born in Tasmania, Chris began his career in repertory theatre before moving to the Australian mainland. He was soon appearing on television in Pig In A Poke, Ben Hall, and starred as Wesley Walton in the adults only soap Number 96.
More recently he has appeared in the BBC serial Out of the Blue, as well as Home & Away, Water Rats, Big Sky, Murder Call, and A Country Practice.
Since relocating to the Central Coast of NSW (north of Sydney), he has made an enormous contribution to help enrich the regions cultural and artistic offerings. Through his talent school he has helped to train hundreds of young hopefuls including future Neighbours stars Natalie Imbruglia and Melissa Bell. It would be impossible to list all of his achievements here but he has produced and directed hundreds of spectacular stage shows, and continues to do an outstanding job as the Manager of Arts & Entertainment for Gosford City Council.
I know that all of Chris’s friends, colleagues and fans who are based in Australia will want to join him for his very special 50th anniversary show which kicks off at 11am on 13 July at the Laycock Street Theatre in Gosford, NSW. All profits will be going to charity.
Chris will be reunited with his band The Christals as they relive the glory days when he was touring internationally with his critically acclaimed rock ‘n’ roll show Two Heads Are Better Than One. This high energy musical tribute will feature hits by iconic rockers such as Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Johnny O’Keefe. I know that his fans will be hoping for some anecdotes from his time playing televisions best loved hospital orderly.
You can book your tickets for this very special one off show by heading to the Gosford City Council website