Profile with Old Flinderian and Actor, Lachlan Buchanan

Old Flinderian Lachlan Buchanan (Class of 2004) recently returned to our campus here at Matthew Flinders Anglican College to chat with our Senior Drama students. He kindly shared some of his experiences as an actor and performer, and gave our students insights into working in Hollywood, and how TV acting is different to stage acting.

Lachlan has been performing since age 8 and is one of six siblings. He is the younger brother of well-known Australian stage and screen actor Andrew Buchanan.

Lachlan’s film credits include Behaving Badly, Newcastle and Some Freaks. He is known for television work spread across Australia and the United States on shows such as Blue Water High, Home and Away, CMT sitcom Working Class, ABC's Pretty Little Liars, Castle, and The Young and the Restless.

We asked Lachlan to reflect on life since Flinders in this Q&A profile.

What does life look like for you now?
I'm living between LA, Chicago and Australia. Work takes me all over the place.

What was your favourite Flinders moment?
That’s tough because there were so much that was great. From Erol the emu, to the friends I made, I have many good memories. But definitely the travel opportunities with the College through various tours to the USA, New Zealand, New Caledonia and more.

Do you have a role model?
Drama teacher, Ms Mel White. She was, and is, a dream and bedrock. But every teacher I had at Flinders was special and unique to me.

How ‘easy’ was it to decide what to do in life?
I had no idea what to do, so I just kind of went with it.

Did your further study go as planned?
I took a gap year after school to figure things out and the acting thing just sort of happened.

What advice do you have for current students?
There is no set path or singular way to do things or live in our life. You’re on your own individual journey that is specific to you. Don’t compare yourself to others!

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