Karratha-raised actor’s Logie joy
In the one year to the day since Showcase miniseries Deadline Gallipoli finished on Australian television, its breakout star, Karratha-raised actor Joel Jackson, has gone from strength to strength.
The NIDA graduate’s 2015 roles as war correspondent Charles Bean in the Anzac drama and as performer Peter Allen in Channel 7 miniseries Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door have earned him considerable acclaim, including an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts award late last year.
Weeks ago, Jackson topped off his year of professional success with a Silver Logie award for most outstanding newcomer — male from a jury of television industry representatives.
He is still nominated for another, people’s choice Logie for best new talent, to be announced on the May 8 awards night, as well as a Golden Nymph international television award for for best lead actor in a long fiction program.
But Jackson, who is currently working overseas, said the behind-the-scenes transition from performing as a semi-professional musician around Karratha to acting in national productions had happened far from overnight.
“I didn’t expect anything,” he said.
“It wasn’t a conscious decision. I was young and enthusiastic about anything to do with performance.
“But most of all, I was incredibly curious, and acting, in a way, appeased that curiosity more so than music did at that time in my life.
“Maybe I’d been playing music for so long and in such a way that it wasn’t fulfilling me and acting came into my life at the time when I needed a new muse. (I’m) not sure, but I fell in love with it.”
Of his Logie win and still-pending nomination, Jackson said it was an honour to be acknowledged by critics and viewers alike.
“I’m proud to be recognised as a hard-working and professional actor,” he said.
“The difference between the Logie I won and the one that I am nominated for is that the nomination comes from the public and that is just as special, if not more so.
“I do what I do to share stories and experiences with people, and to have them react strongly to something I’ve invested so much personally into, is very humbling.”
Jackson was tight-lipped about what television audiences could expect to see him in next, but assured them it would be another high-quality project with a story he was passionate about telling.
“I can’t say much at this point but I can say this: I’m lucky enough to have the chance again to work with a talented and visionary director who is leading an all-star cast into a gritty drama with complex characters and a story that will leave you reeling,” he said.
Karratha-raised actor Joel Jackson has topped off a year of professional success with a coveted Logie win.