Stefan Dennis was born in Tawonga, Victoria, Australia on October 30th. His family moved to Queensland for 12 years where Stefan did most of his schooling. Stefan was bitten by the showbiz bug at a very early age, and started showing his genuine interest in music and acting at the age of 7. he was only 11 years old when he started in Amateur Theatre in Queensland. His debut with this first theatre company was in Oliver!! Also at this time Stefan and his brother formed a vocal duo and performed on many occasions. They played at weddings, charity events, and some large concerts.
By the age of 14 Stefan was convinced he wanted to go into the entertainment business. Stefan, being the responsible and reliable person he is, understood the pitfalls associated with choosing the career of an entertainer, so he decided, quite wisely, to get a trade behind him to support him through the times when he may be out of work.
He left school at 16 and took an apprenticeship as a chef. On completion of his chef's certificate, Stefan moved from the Gold Coast in Queensland to Melbourne, Australia's thriving financial and entertainment capital. In the following five years, Stefan worked his butt off gaining knowledge, experience and a respected name within the industry, filling all the empty gaps with slave labour in the kitchens of Melbourne's abounding restaurants.
He started working in TV doing bit parts in programmes such as The Sullivan's, Cop Shop and Bob Brothers. This extra work eventually developed into guest roles on shows like Cop Shop, Skyways, Carson's Law, Young Ramsay, Prisoner, Home, Henderson Kids, Sullivan's, Young Doctors and many others. Stefan has an endless list of credits to his name. he had a major role in The Henderson Kids, a co-lead in an ABC production called Infinity limited, and he co-stared in The Flying Doctors min-series. Eventually he came to what can probably be considered his big break in the acting world - In 1985 Stefan landed a role in Neighbours. He originally auditioned for the role of Shane Ramsay before ending up as the character we all know, love and hate him for...Paul Robinson.
Through the role in Neighbours came opportunities like appearing at the Royal Variety Performance along with other cast members. Neighbours has become popular worldwide, being shown in 57 countries. In the UK alone there are more people watching the show than total population of Australia!!
After finishing Neighbours in 1992 Stefan moved to the UK and worked on a variety of TV shows and theatre productions. Stefan is no stranger to the stage in the UK, having appeared in many pantomimes, plays, and musicals. In 1994 Stefan played Mickey in Blood Brothers. Starting with tours in New Zealand and Australia, before returning to the UK to appear in the show in both the West End, and in a national tour of the UK.
Even with living in the UK and appearing in TV shows such as Dream Team, River City, The Bill, and Casualty; Stefan also found time to return to Australia from time to time for guest roles. In shows such as Blue Heelers, Good Guys Bad Guys, and Stingers.
Whilst in the UK Stefan has also become a partner in Lex Filmed Entertainment, and was associate producer on the movie 'The Truth About Love'. He also found love of his own, and married his wife, Gail. The couple have two sons, Cameron and Declan, and a daughter Darci, and the family are now back living in Australia.
Stefan was invited back to 'Neighbours', initially it was for a short stint as a returning cast member as part of the 20th Anniversary celebrations for the show. It wasn't long before Stefan's contract was extended, due to his characters popular return, and Stefan is now back a regular cast member, with lots of exciting storylines for us to enjoy and look forward to!