Category Archives: Mary Bryant

#AlexOLoughlin Best Hair – It’s a Poll x2

We have not done a poll for a long time and I got this titbit from a post on Moonlight Fan Blog.  I thought we could use it as a starting point for a poll. Unfortunately I could not locate the original EW post about it anymore, but here is what I found on the blog.

On the PopWatch Blog, Michael Slezak asked Entertainment Weekly’s readers to nominate the best and worst TV hair. Of course…. Mick was not only nominated, he was selected as a winner.

It seems as if Alex was not only seen as one of the sexiest stars on TV in those Moonlight days, but that his hair was well liked as well. This made me think that we should ask how the fans feel about his hair in the various roles over the past 15 years. (not all the roles are included)

Here is our first poll. Take a look at Alex’s  hair over the years before Hawaii Five-0. The hair from which role do you like best? (Remember, it is about the HAIR 😉 😉 )


(1) ‘White Collar’ Blue hair (Alex in 2003 as Ian Mack in an episode of this TV series)

(2) ‘Oyster Farmer’ Hair (Alex as Jack Flange in this movie filmed in 2003)

(3) ‘Black Jack Sweet Science’ Hair (Alex as Luke Anderson in this 2004 TV Drama)

(4) ‘Mary Bryant’ Hair (Alex plays Will Bryant in this TV Drama that was filmed during the last 3 months of 2004)

(5) ‘Feed’ Hair (Alex as Michael Carter in this movie filmed in the beginning of 2005)

(6) ‘The Invisible’ Hair (Alex as Marcus Bohem in this movie, filmed at the end of 2005)

(7) ‘August Rush’ Hair (Alex as Marshall Connelly in this movie, filmed in 2006)


(8) ‘The Shield’ Hair (Alex as Kevin Hiatt in this TV series filmed in 2006)

(9) ‘Whiteout’ Hair (Alex as Russell Haden in this movie filmed in 2007)

(10) ‘Moonlight’ Hair (Alex as Mick St John in the TV series filmed from August 2007 – April 2008)


(11) ‘Criminal Minds’ Hair (Alex as Vincent Rowlings  in an episode of this TV Series)


(12) ‘The Back-Up Plan’ Hair (Alex as Stan in this movie, filmed in 2009)

(7) ‘Three Rivers’ Hair (Alex as Andy Yablonski in this TV series, filmed in 2009)

You can vote for the 3 hairstyles that you like best


  • And here is our second poll. Take a look at Steve McGarrett’s hair over the years. The hair from which season do you like best? (and again just a reminder that it is about the hair 🙂 )

‘Hawaii Five-0’ Hair

Season 1 Hair

Season 2 Hair

Season 3 Hair

Season 4 Hair

Season 5 Hair

Season 6 Hair

Season 7 Hair

Season 8 Hair

Cast your vote for your favourite Steve-hair season here:

Hope you enjoyed all the ‘hair’ pictures …….. 😛


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#AlexOLoughlin …… I Love History

That mini series was an important step in my career and earned me an AFI nomination back home. I love history.

– Alex O’Loughlin talking about Mary Bryant

CBS Live Chat

1 October 2009

My thoughts

  • Would love to see him in a historical drama again!
  • Would love to see him nominated for acting again – and winning an award for it would be even better!


Filed under Alex O´Loughlin, From his lips, Mary Bryant

#AlexOLoughlin – The Velvety Voice.

A little something different for today ….


The True Story of Mary Bryant

In 1787, King George III of England sent the first fleet to colonise Australia. And experiment of global proportions. But this would be no Utopian society. The King’s plan was to create a prison at the end of the earth to rid England of its rubbish, its criminals and vagrants. A prison surrounded by land and sea, whose wall were 14 000 miles thick.

They set sail in March 1787. Eleven ships, filled with 780 convicts, and 200 crew. They were bound for a land they had never seen, on an epic  voyage that would take 10 months.

Mary was a convict on this first voyage. A teenage girl, in a world where women were outnumbered 4 to 1. Where starvation claimed over half her fellow prisoners. That she escaped is unthinkable. That she survived is a miracle. If her story wasn’t true you would never believe it.

Click to listen to the his voice …..


Link to the video clip:


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#AlexOLoughlin : Mary Bryant was a wonderful learning experience

“That was a wonderful learning experience. It was a tough shoot, mate: four months on the water, with children, in the Australian sun, in convict boats, and wearing convict clothes. We pulled out all the stops. It was wonderful being part of something that actually happened.

I tried to do a huge amount of research on my character, Will Bryant, but I hardly got anywhere with it, because there’s very little information about him out there.

My main concern was that I was representing someone who was a real person, and I wanted to bring a voice and a heart and a brain to him. Not too many people in America have seen that show.”

– Alex O’Loughlin

(Talking about his award nominated role in Mary Bryant)


March 2008



Alex, once again showing his dedication to the character he portrayed here ……..


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Escaping into history – 2005

It gave us some genuine respect for the great determination these people had. – Greg Haddrick

written by Scott Ellis

Sydney Morning Herald
30 October 2005

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Australians have a tendency to elevate unlikely characters to hero status. For example, Ned Kelly, essentially a thief and murderer, has been paralleled with Robin Hood; “Breaker” Morant, executed as a war criminal, is seen by Australians as a victim of British military bastardry; and Mary Bryant, a convict who stole a boat and made an epic voyage to escape, is hailed as the sort of person who helped shape our nation.

And while Bryant might not be immediately recognisable, there’s little doubt her story is every bit as exciting as that of Kelly or Morant.

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Transported to Australia for robbery, Bryant convinced a group of her fellow convicts to steal a small boat attached to Governor Arthur Phillip’s ship Sirius and set off to find freedom.

It was an escape which should have quickly ended in disaster, but Bryant and her makeshift crew, which included her two young children, managed to stay afloat and alive for more than two months, crossing open seas to get as far as Timor before eventually being caught.

In a time when Captain Bligh’s 6000-kilometre forced journey in a similar boat after the mutiny on the Bounty was hailed as a masterful feat of sailing, Bryant’s was an incredible achievement.

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That and what happened after she was caught and transported back to England, said producer Greg Haddrick, were enough to convince him this was one Australian story which definitely needed to be told again.

“I think the fact that this is a true story is why we all found it so extraordinary,” Haddrick said. “I mean just think about the journey they made . . . it would be hard enough to do that now with full satellite navigation, let alone one sail, a few oars and convicts in completely uncharted waters. I’m not sure how I’d go trying to navigate a boat to Timor. It gave us some genuine respect for the determination these people had and it’s that aspirational nature that made us think this was a story that really needed be told. It was just incredible.”

So too, he said, was the task of bringing the story to screen. Given the fact this was a real event and already the subject of numerous books, the production team walked a fine line between historical accuracy and entertainment. “It was long and it was very difficult,” Haddrick said.

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“The benefit of it being an Australian/British co-production was that we had the time to shoot all that we needed because we wanted it to be as authentic as possible. I’m not sure we’re ‘documentary’ accurate, but it’s a pretty authentic piece. The boat that we used to film on for example, is almost identical to the cutter that Mary and her fellow escapees stole because it comes from the Bounty replica and the Bounty was the Sirius’s sister ship.”

Even with the inevitable nitpicking from historians, the result is a great adventure story and one Haddrick said Australians deserve to know.

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“In the two or three years we spent researching this production, we found that people had heard of [Mary] and they knew she was someone from a long time ago, but they didn’t quite know what had she had done,” Haddrick said.

“Mary is a figure who has faded in and out of favour in the history books, a lot has been written about her – she scored a page or two in Robert Hughes’s The Fatal Shore – and we felt it was important to revisit her once again. A lot of what happened with the first fleet and in those early days of the colony has generally been ignored and it was important for us to do something on this time in our history.”

Sail of the Century: Alex O'Loughlin and Romola Garai

Sail of the Century: Alex O’Loughlin and Romola Garai

“And regardless of whether it’s a period piece or history, it’s about young, adventurous, energetic people and I think viewers will be hooked by their story, their character and their determination. I think it’s a pretty fair reflection of the sort of convicts who came out here and these are the first people who helped build Australia.”

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The Sun Herald TV Mag, 30 October  2005


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