Stephen Lovatt

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Stephen Lovatt
Born (1964-05-27) 27 May 1964 (age 56)
Wellington, New Zealand

Stephen Lovatt (born 27 May 1964) is a New Zealand actor, best known internationally for his portrayal of character Max Hoyland on the Australian soap Neighbours.


Since training as an actor at Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School, Lovatt has acted on stage, television and feature films. Aside from his award-winning theatre work, his New Zealand roles include 30 episodes of soap Shortland Street, Eve's father in Being Eve, an episode of Mataku and local television success Go Girls. He has also acted in many fantasy shows that were filmed in New Zealand; he co-starred as one of the adventurers in Jules Verne adaptation Mysterious Island, and had guest parts in Legend of the Seeker, the short-lived Cleopatra 2525, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and spin-off shows Young Hercules, playing the God Morpheus and Xena: Warrior Princess where he played Phalangus and also the God of the Underworld, Hades in the 5th season. Lovatt was most recently seen in the acclaimed New Zealand-set drama series Top Of The Lake, where he had a recurring role as a police officer.


In the late 1990s Lovatt began making inroads into Australian television. After acting in award-winning small-town tale Something in the Air, he won the part of father and bar-owner Max Hoyland on long-running Australian soap Neighbours. Lovatt acted on the show for five years.[1]

Feature films[edit]

Lovatt was award-nominated in New Zealand for his starring role in 2002 feature This is Not a Love Story; he played a soap star who gets caught between two women. His other acting roles include Savage Honeymoon, the car-yard owner in 2008 Anthony McCarten feature Show of Hands, and 2012 conspiracy thriller The Cure.


Lovatt is one of the ensemble cast of New Zealand-shot series Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,[2] a prequel to 2010 series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Lovatt plays Tullius, a wealthy member of the Roman elite involved in varied nefarious activities, including slave trading. Lovatt has been quoted as saying he relishes the chance to show a dark side rarely seen in his earlier screen characters.[3] The Spartacus cast includes Lucy Lawless, who Lovatt worked with on Xena: Warrior Princess).





In the 2003 New Zealand Film and TV Awards, Lovatt was nominated for Best Performance in a Digital Feature, for This is Not a Love Story. In 2006 he was awarded the title "Australia's Brainiest Neighbour" on a celebrity edition of the game show Australia's Brainiest.


  1. ^ "Stephen Lovatt". March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-01-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Ikram, Ali (22 January 2010). "Sexed up Kiwi show Spartacus premiers in US". 3 News. Retrieved 13 November 2011.

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