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.

Filmography [5]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Strange Bedfellows Father Xavier Delaney
1988 Black Tulip Voice role


Year Title Role Notes
2010 52nd Annual TV Week Logie Awards Himself Uncredited
2008 Out of the Blue D.S. Simon Wilson 43 episodes
2007 Gumnutz: A Juicy Tale TV Movie
Voice role
Rain Shadow Harry Greene Mini-series
6 episodes
2009–present Home and Away John Palmer Season 22–
2006-2010 Dive Olly Dive! Various characters 56 episodes
2005 Blinky Bill's White Christmas Additional Voices TV Movie
Voice role
All Saints Bob 'Smithy' Smith Season 8, Episode 29
1999 Dog's Head Bay Bob Grant 13 episodes
1998 Wildside Alan Grey Season 1, Episode 13
1997 Reprisal Charlie TV Movie
Water Rats Det. Insp. Gordon Withers 2 episodes
1991 Roy's Raiders Bazza
1989 The Family Business Terry Jackson 13 episodes
1987-1988 The Flying Doctors Mike Lancaster 9 episodes
1987 Willing and Abel Abel Moore 2 episodes
1984 Queen of the Road Fred 'Speedy' Norton TV Movie
1981-1986 A Country Practice Brendan Jones 367 episodes
1978 Chopper Squad William 'Mac' McKenna Season 2, Episode 3
Glenview High Edward Lander Season 1, Episode 13

Personal life

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