Shane Withington (born 22 August 1958 in Toowoomba, Queensland)[1]​ is an Australian actor best known for playing surf live guard John Palmer in Home and Away on the Seven network; his former role in the television series A Country Practice,[2] as Brendan Jones, the male Deputy Matron of Wondin Valley Hospital; as well as Willing and Abel, as Abel Moore, and the sitcom The Family Business.

He had a guest star appearance in Strange Bedfellows,[3] alongside Paul Hogan and Michael Caton. In 2008, he was in the BBC drama Out of the Blue, playing the detective in charge of investigating a murder. Since 2009, he has had the regular role on Home and Away, he had appeared in the series previous as a character known as Colin.

Withington co-starred in the play The Boys Next Door in 1999.



2004Strange BedfellowsFather Xavier Delaney 
1988Black Tulip Voice role


201052nd Annual TV Week Logie AwardsHimselfUncredited
2008Out of the BlueD.S. Simon Wilson43 episodes
2007Gumnutz: A Juicy Tale TV Movie
Voice role
Rain ShadowHarry GreeneMini-series
6 episodes
2009–presentHome and AwayJohn PalmerSeason 22–
2006-2010Dive Olly Dive!Various characters56 episodes
2005Blinky Bill's White ChristmasAdditional VoicesTV Movie
Voice role
All SaintsBob 'Smithy' SmithSeason 8, Episode 29
1999Dog's Head BayBob Grant13 episodes
1998WildsideAlan GreySeason 1, Episode 13
1997ReprisalCharlieTV Movie
Water RatsDet. Insp. Gordon Withers2 episodes
1991Roy's RaidersBazza 
1989The Family BusinessTerry Jackson13 episodes
1987-1988The Flying DoctorsMike Lancaster9 episodes
1987Willing and AbelAbel Moore2 episodes
1984Queen of the RoadFred 'Speedy' NortonTV Movie
1981-1986A Country PracticeBrendan Jones367 episodes
1978Chopper SquadWilliam 'Mac' McKennaSeason 2, Episode 3
Glenview HighEdward LanderSeason 1, Episode 13

Personal life

He is married to Anne Tenney, who played his character's wife Molly Jones on A Country Practice.[4]