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Portrait of Alex Dimitriades
, 2005

by Michael Zavros

oil on canvas (support: 167 cm x 210 cm)

Alex Dimitriades (b. 1973), actor, grew up in Earlwood, Sydney, the son of first-generation Greek immigrants. He began his career in the 1993 Australian film The Heartbreak Kid, alongside Claudia Karvan, and later starred in the spin-off TV series Heartbreak High. In 1998, he took on a significantly grittier role as the protagonist of the film Head On, adapted from Christos Tsolkias’s novel Loaded. His unabashed performance in the potent drama was critically acclaimed and earned him an AFI Award nomination. He appeared in the comedies Let’s Get Skase and La Spagnola (both 2001), and starred in the television police dramas Wildside (1997–99) and Blue Murder (1995). He appeared in the Hollywood films Ghost Ship (2002) and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005), acting in the intervening years in plays for the Griffin Theatre Company. Subsequent credits include the films To Gamilio Party (Bang Bang Wedding) (2008) and Stepfather of the Bride (2006); and the television series Two Twisted (2005–06); Underbelly (2008); and The Slap (2011), for which Dimitriades won the AACTA for Best Lead Actor in a television series. In 2016 he won the Logie for the Most Outstanding Actor for his role in the television series The Principal (2015).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number: 2006.72