Sydney based New Zealand actor Roy Billing was today awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM) for “service to the performing arts, particularly as an actor, and to the community.” Roy Billing has appeared in some of Australia’s favourite films and TV shows like THE DISH and UNDERBELLY, and most recently appeared on NZ television in the TVNZ series AGENT ANNA.
Roy is a great believer in giving back to the industry that has given him such a successful career and volunteers his time to organisations that assist actors and the screen industry. He is a mentor to younger actors and directors and an outspoken advocate for Australian film and television drama. Through the Australian Screen Association he helps in the fight against copyright theft and movie piracy and was awarded the Motion Picture Association Asia-Pacific Copyright Educator Award in 2010. He regularly writes articles and makes comments on issues affecting the Australian screen sector.
He has won, and been nominated for, acting awards in New Zealand and Australia and is one of the busiest and most popular character actors on both sides of the Tasman. . He is also an accomplished voice-over artist and his voice is familiar to radio audiences across Australia.
He is active as a charity fundraiser, as a patron of the Sydney Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation and an ambassador for Dry July, the charity that raises money to help benefit the lives of cancer patients. He also helps promote sport through ambassadorships with the Sydney Swans AFL team and the Australian Turf Club. He is the patron of the annual Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival held in Winton, Queensland.
Roy says, from his home at Sydney’s Coogee Beach:
“I am delighted to receive this award. You do things because you believe in them but it’s nice to be recognised in this way. Australia has been very generous and welcoming to me since my arrival here in 1989 and this is the icing on the cake!”