Birthdate and place:
26th September 1964 - Sydney, Australia
Colour of eyes:
Married Michelle Louis in October 1996 after an 11 year relationship
General information about Brett Climo
The following information is taken from the book "The Flying Doctors - The Inside Story" by James Oram, published 1991.
Brett was never consumed by the desire to be actor, at least not in his younger days. He never entertained his family by wearing a lamp shade on his head and using a soup ladle for a microphone. He wasn't sure what he wanted to be as he grew up in Sydney's southern suburbs. Not until he was seventeen. He looked around, saw there was a job called acting and decided to 'have a shot at it'. Taking a day off school, he found an agent and was given a small part in a film, "The Times They Are A Changing."
Without formal training in dramatic acting, Brett followed a variation of the instructions originally given by the great American thespian Alfred Lunt: 'Don't bump in the furniture and remember your lines.' Said Brett: 'I could always remember my lines but I always bumped in the the furniture. It was so difficult to do both things at the same time.'
Nevertheless he succeeded. He landed a role in Sons and Daughters one of Australia's more primitive soapies, then had parts in Archer, a telemovie about Australia's greatest passion, The Melbourne Cup horse race, and the mini-series Vietnam, in which he was blown up by a land mine. But at times he had doubts about acting, becoming despondent as he wondered if there was more to life than pretending to be someone else. 'You start questioning the reason why you want to work, and it was good for me to do that'.
Then came A Country Practice, a series or soap (call it what you wish) that carries the same sort of prestige as The Flying Doctors. He played nurse Michael Langley. He enjoyed the experience, the satisfaction of good ratings and the critic's applause but pined for something else. He wasn't sure exactly what he wanted, as long as it was a character different from the do-gooder image of A Country Practice. 'I'd like a complete change and be a hippie, a druggie or a murderer'
He wasn't to be any of these. Instead, he graduated from nurse to doctor in The Flying Doctors. He character Dr David Ratcliffe, is the son of a wealthy grazier who has returned to the country after studying medicine. Brett welcomed the change. 'I'm fairly lazy by nature and things can become a bit routine to me. I suppose I did get a little stale and saw this a great chance to move on.'
The Flying Doctors also gave him freedom to develop the character. Because each episode is self-contained, he treated them as short telemovies produced one a week. Another reason he fitted comfortably into The Flying Doctors was that it was shot on film, a technique most experienced actors prefer. Working with video may mean there is a safety-net, the scene can be replayed instantly and if there are mistakes they can be shot again with little further expense. But it removes much of the challenge that actors working in film face daily. 'With film we don't know how it's actually going to look until it's cut together and put on the screen,' he said. 'So you've got this feeling of nervousness, and everyone's sort of focused on the same action, with a real sense of being in it together, and I like that.'
There was one other reason why he was pleased when offered a role in The Flying Doctors, a reason most actors understand. 'It's nice for the ego when that sort of thing happens,' he admitted.