Brenden Dodds


Brenden was raised predominately by his grandparents in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. He spent his teenage years playing state rugby league and later worked in aged care. In 2004, Brenden began his seven-year career as an ambulance officer with the South Australian Ambulance Service, fulfilling his desire to save and improve the lives of others.

Brenden was the founding member of acclaimed blues and roots band, Gracewood. In addition to being the lead guitarist and banjo player, he wrote the music and lyrics for their debut album, Sound Pilgrims Way, which dominated the Triple J Unearthed charts, received airplay on ABC’s Rage and had successful album sales in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Brenden’s introduction to acting came with roles in commercials, television series and Australian film. While filming and creating Red (Official Selection - 2011 New York Short Film Festival) it became evident to him that it was finally time to pursue acting as a professional career.

Now, after three years of dedicated study at NIDA, Brenden has developed a strong technical foundation. Combined with the support of his wife, he is ready and inspired to make a notable contribution to the stage and screen industry. 

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