Born: August 17, 1942 in Coleraine, Western Australia
Height: 5' 11-2/3" (182 cm )

Shane grew up in Stanthorpe, Qld., and studied at Queensland University. He is a skilled artist and worked as an editor and illustrator before taking up acting full time.

He's been married for many years to his lovely wife, Jenny, with whom he has 3 (now grown) children -- daughters Fiona and Polly and son Ben. They live in a 100-year old house (with lovely gardens and a separate cottage) in Medlow Bath, NSW.


What's the latest "gossip"? -- The May 24/99 edition of the Sydney Morning Herald had the following hint of things to come (note: this has been highly edited to remove non-pertinent info):
"SBS is piloting a new comedy, Pizza, with a swag of high-profile names...The first pilot was made earlier this month and a second will be made in the next couple of weeks. No word on story-lines, but stars involved in the project [include]...Shane Porteous...". Hmmmmmmmm.


  • 1999: Major Petkoff in "Arms and the Man" (with Railway Street Theatre Company/Q Theatre)
  • 1998: Cliff Small in "Wallflowering"
  • 1997: Mike in "The Memory of Water" (with Marian Street Theatre)
  • 1995: Kent in "King Lear" (with the Sydney Theatre Company)
  • 1995: Lawrence in "Scenes from a Separation" (with the Melbourne Theatre Company)
  • 1994: Allan in "A Winning Day" (at Q Theatre)
  • OTHER STAGE APPEARANCES: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet, Little Murders, Death of a Salesman, Major Barbara, King Oedipus, The Hostage, Taming of the Shrew, Kabul, Richard II, What If You Died Tomorrow, Love's Labour Lost, Unspeakable Acts, Oedipus (Jane Street Theatre), Pericles (Jane Street Theatre), The Night Thoreau Spent in Gaol (Ensemble Theatre), Hanks Night (Q Theatre), Home Free (Q Theatre), Sleuth (Victoria Arts Council/Tour), Sleuth (NSW Arts Council/Tour), Bedroom Farce (Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust), PLUS early experience in Brisbane at Mark Twain Theatre Restaurant, College Players, and Queensland University Dramatic Society.


  • 1981: Sgt. Goodwin in "A Burning Man" (also known as "A Dangerous Summer")
  • "Apples" (A.F.T.V.S.)
  • "The Claim"
  • 1975: "Scobie Malone"


  • ABC Education, Children's, Drama and Features, and Commercial Radio


  • 1979: "The Little Convict"
  • 1979: "Off on a Comet" (A.P.I.)
  • 1979: "From the Earth to the Moon" (A.P.I.)


  • Shane has written scripts for training videos and television including:
    • eight episodes of "A Country Practice" (751, 790, 819, 874, 908, 973, 992, 1051) under the pen name John Hanlon
    • "Children's Hospital"
    • "Neighbours", where he is a regular writer


  • Shane is supposed to have done the artwork for a children's book (based on ACP characters) written by ACP writer Bill Searle. I've never been able to find out what that book is/was, though.


  • He's a board member of Q Theatre in Penrith
  • He is (or was in 1998) the Ambassador of the Asthma Awareness Campaign
  • He is (or was in 1998) a Benefactor of the Royal Alexandria Hospital for Children"
  • He is (or was in 1998) Patron of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre

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Listed Since 1999 - Link Directory
Sources: ACP 10th Birthday magazine, "Your Garden" magazine (Feb. 96), first hand observation, and various private sources.