African, American Standard, Australian, East Coast American, Brooklyn, West Coast American, Cantonese, Caribbean, Chinese, Cockney, French, German, Greek, Indian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latino, Mid Western, New England , New Zealand, Pakistani, Russian, Samoan, Scottish, South Western, Southern, Spanish, English, South African, Welsh, Western
Bald / Shaved
Bald / Shaved
Ballroom, Contemporary, Country, Jazz, Latin, Modern
Blues, Country & Western , Folk, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Show, Choir, Rock, Contemporary, Pop
Laurence is a graduate in Arts (Theatre Studies) from UNSW, in Acting from WAAPA, in Directing from NIDA and he has an MA in Writing from UTS.
He began his professional performing career as a stand up comedian in 1982 under the nom-de-mic Pat McGroin. In this guise he travelled to all corners of Australia as well as to the USA, Britain, Ireland and throughout south east Asia.
His first theatre role was as Harry the convict in Alex Buzo’s Macquarie, directed by Aarne Neeme, in 1984. Since then he has worked for all the State Theatre Companies in Australia, Bell Shakespeare, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney Festivals, Marion St, Q Theatre and many commercial and independent producers.
Stand out theatre roles for him in the past 27 years have been Ron Blair’s Christian Brother that he toured throughout Ireland and Britain; and Alex Buzo’s Norm from Norm and Ahmed.
Laurence has also appeared widely on screen. His feature film credits include The Chronicles Of Narnia - Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, Fools Gold, 1MC - Something Of Vengeance, Three Stooges, The Beast and Doing Time For Patsy Cline. On television his credits include the upcoming Devil’s Dust and Fatal Honeymoon, Paper Giants, Wild Boys, Rake, All Saints, Blue Heelers, Water Rats, Home and Away, GP and E Street.
Behind the camera, he has written and directed two series of Tough Nuts - Australia’s Hardest Criminals for Foxtel CI Channel and directed The Kangaroo Gang for the BBC.
Laurence has taught acting at WAAPA, NIDA, VCA, ACTT, AADA, UNSW, University of Sydney and at Leeds University. He also provides communication training to government, business, sporting organizations, the military and NGOs.