Below is some general biographical information about the artist both formerly and currently known as Tim Minchin. If you have a question not answered on this page, you should try the FAQ page. He was born in October and grew up in Perth, Western Australia, the second of four children. He spent his twenties writing songs, playing in bands, acting in plays, composing for theatre, playing piano for cabaret artists and penning tongue-in-cheek beat poems. Soon after he married his university sweetheart, Sarah Gardiner, in Perth in , they moved to Melbourne.
Failing to garner record company support for his album, Sit with band Timmy the Dog and struggling to attract the attention of an acting agent, Tim survived playing keyboards for Melbourne cover-band, The Sea Monkeys, and piano for solo artists — most notably Melbourne composer, lyricist, actor and satirist, Eddie Perfect.
Performed with a bass player and drummer in a 50 seat venue called The Kitten Club, it contained songs, poems and sketches. It was modestly successful, inspiring Tim to perform solo more often. Good reviews and word of mouth attracted the attention of Karen Koren, a well-known producer, who was scouting for new talent for her Edinburgh Fringe Festival venue, The Gilded Balloon. The critically lauded film was shown in Australian cinemas in In the five years that followed, Tim toured the UK and Australia as a solo performer, attracting growing audiences and many awards.
Matilda the Musical went on to become one of the most critically and popularly successful musicals of the last 20 years, winning more than 85 international awards, 16 for Best Musical, including a record seven Olivier Awards and five Tony Awards. It continues to run on the West End, had a long and successful Broadway run between April and January , played for six months in Toronto, Canada, and toured the US twice.
Having played in 50 cities worldwide Matilda then swung over to Auckland, New Zealand in August , followed by a tour of the UK and Ireland More on Matilda the Musical here. He played rockstar Atticus in 10 episodes of season six. See the season trailer here. The show was released on a DVD which is available worldwide. A few clips can be found here.
It was created by DC Turner and Tracy King, following the success of their animated movie of the same piece which has been viewed well over three million times. Towards the end of , Tim guest starred as a security guard in No Activity , a comedy drama production by Jungleboys for Australian streaming service Stan, earning a Most Outstanding Supporting Actor Logie nomination for the role. He worked on the stage musical adaptation of Groundhog Day , writing the music and lyrics, with Danny Rubin who wrote the original screenplay writing the book and Matthew Warchus directing.
Following its hugely successful and acclaimed limited run at The Old Vic, London, in the summer of , the show opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway, April , to more rave reviews and ran until September 17th, MTI are now licensing productions at regional theatres around the world.
Tim, Sarah and their two children, Violet b and Caspar b , having lived in London — and then Los Angeles — , returned to Australia to set up home in Sydney at the end of It aired on ABC in February November saw Tim on the big screen in movie theatres, playing Friar Tuck in Robin Hood , a gritty new take on the classic story, directed by Otto Bathurst and filmed in Croatia and Hungary.
Additionally, he was executive producer and wrote the music for the series, including the song Carry You , performed and released by Missy Higgins in January In March he hit the road again with an encore tour in Australia before events had to be postponed nationwide.
The tour will resume in January Once again, for the encore tour, a portion of the profits will be donated to a local charity in each city. Details here. It was announced in March that Tim would be releasing his long-awaited studio album, Apart Together , later that year through BMG, with the first single, Leaving LA , dropping that same month, with a groundbreaking animated video by Tee Ken Ng.
The fourth single, Airport Piano , came out in the September with the innovative video filmed in a garage whilst Tim was in quarantine in WA. The Absence Of You , was released in October, the fifth and final single just ahead of the album. As the record came out worldwide, Tim marked the occasion by performing the album in its entirety for an acclaimed one-off streamed concert, filmed at the iconic Trackdown Studios, Sydney.
Tim was honoured with the Member of the Order of Australia AM for significant service to the performing arts, and to the community, on the Australia Day Honours list. Come Home Cardinal Pell — In support of survivors of clerical abuse. Reached No. Still Call Australia… — In support of marriage equality. And this is a rare example of a long-awaited return that has been worth the long-await. This was more music gig than stand-up set.
Except that rock lyrics are never, ever this funny… His songs are jaunty or bittersweet or dark, but always fiendishly clever. A slight, barefoot figure, he is a consummate pianist as well as an excellent comedian. The Age, Melbourne. Minchin and his orchestras work magnificently together for 2. He is to musical comedy what Charles Darwin was to evolution and what Einstein was to physics and moustaches. Handsome, hysterical and divinely musically gifted — you can go off people, you know!
This remarkable Aussie is a musical genius and quite unlike anyone else out there. Witty, smart, and unabashedly offensive. Time Out, London. This is an extraordinary performer. He sings amazingly well, but it is his face full of weary intelligence that keeps the heart of the show pure, in the midst of all the amplification the sound is very much that of a rock gig and razzmatazz…But it is Minchin who proves that Jesus Christ Superstar is a work of conceptual genius.
When Minchin is on stage all other sensation is lost, you live, you breathe to hear and see what he has to say or do next. His portrayal is both menacing but compassionate. His rendition of Superstar is bold and fervent, and his death scene is the most poignant moment of all. Two of his set pieces are bookends of the show. He reveals a fine higher vocal register as he bursts out of the blocks with Heaven on Their Minds and then leads the full ensemble cast of 50 in the rousing finale of the title song, Jesus Christ Superstar, which had the audience on their feet.
With a light touch and electric performances, the series marries melancholy with comedy to deliver an odd-couple narrative that goes beyond the norm. Upright is a balancing act itself, loose yet structured, sad but funny, touching lightly on heavy matters, taking naturally to the road movie format, moving along easily. The photography alone, by Katie Milwright, is consistently a delight, properly filmic. Eminently binge-worthy, Upright felt like a cult film filleted into minute slices.