The University of Newcastle, Australia

Newton-John Award

2018 Recipient - Dr John Doyle AM, Honorary Degree - Doctor of Letters 2001, Bachelor of Arts 1982

Dr John Doyle AM

John Doyle is an accomplished actor and writer for stage and screen, most known for his alter ego Rampaging Roy Slaven, one half of the duo Roy and HG. Starting with a radio show in the 1980’s, This Sporting Life, the duo have gone on to produce shows including This Voting Life; The Cream; and The Dream, a late-night Olympic commentary show resulting in their inclusion by Australian Olympic Committee in the closing ceremony. John’s parallel career as a writer has also been highly acclaimed.

His first play, commissioned by the Sydney Theatre Company and debuted in 2008, was The Pig Iron People. John’s first drama program for television was a World War 2 mini-series for the ABC, Changi. The series received an AWGIE and a Logie for Most Outstanding Drama.

John’s second AWGIE award came with his follow up series Marking Time, which also won an AFI and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Script Writing.