David Lyons

David Lyons

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  • David Lyons as The Cape on The Cape.
  • David Lyons as The Cape on The Cape.
  • David Lyons as The Cape on The Cape.
  • David Lyons as The Cape on The Cape.
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In 2004, David Lyons graduated from Australia's National Institute for Dramatic Art with a degree in the Performing Arts.

He is most famous for his role as the leading seaman Josh "ET" Holliday on the Australian drama, Sea Patrol. In 2008, he was added to…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Growing up, David would go fishing and waterskiing with his dad, Brian on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.

    • In 2008, he was nominated for Most Popular New Male Talent at the Logie Awards, for his role in Sea Patrol.

    • Originally, he planned on working with the Government in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    • In 2006, He starred alongside Bridie Carter in The NIDA Company production of Bob Herbert's play, "No Names...No Pack Drill."

    • He studied politics and criminology for four years at Melbourne University.

    • Before he became an actor, he spent a year in Asia, London, and Portugal (three years altogether). While he was in Portugal, he taught an English class.

  • Quotes

    • David: (on his ER character and the feedback he's getting) My character is a little bit ... well, I don't like using the word "sleazy", but unfortunately that's probably it. Some people are loving that he's got such an abrasive quality, while other people can't respect his ethics. But either way he's getting the response producers wanted from the character. It's difficult coming into a new place and being the guy people have a problem with, especially when the audience is up around the 13 million mark. It's a bit weird.

    • David: (on the difference between himself and Josh 'ET' Holiday) We look the same - but that's about all the similarities we share. I think I'm much more reserved than ET. I love extremes, but am in no way a pants man.

    • David: (on his Sea Patrol character, Josh 'ET' Holiday) I guess he's a guy that lives for extremes. He loves the Navy and the camaraderie it creates and views his shipmates as his family. He's passionate about his job, the environment and most of all – women. Basically he's an incorrigible pants-man... a guy suffering a pretty dire case of peter pan syndrome. But beneath it all, he's got a big heart and a fierce sense of loyalty.

  • David Lyons, the best actor ever.

    I have seen almost every movie and every TV show he has been in. He is really fantastic. He needs more shows or movies where he is the lead. He is so good. Loved all that he has been in.
  • David Lyons knows how to do it right!

    At first, I was a bit skeptical of Lyons, because of the jerk of a character he played on ER. As the series went along however, I realized just how fantastic at acting he really is. He pulls you in and makes you want to feel so much for his character. He's able to make you angry in a second, cry in an instant, and smile for a moment. So many actors are only capable of doing so much these days and they don't do much for the shows they're on. But, Lyons is brilliant in the way he touches people with his lines. Kudos to him for reaching out to the crowd and making his role memorable.moreless