- Category : 1952-births
- Type : PSP
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Healing 2
Scottish-born Australian actor whose credits include a co-starring role alongside Noni Hazlehurst in Monkey Grip (1982); the title role in Malcolm (1986), for which he was awarded the 1986 AFI Award for Best Actor; the lead role in the 1994 Halifax f.p. telemovie Hard Corps; Frank Holloway on Water Rats (1996-1999), a role which won him the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor at the 1997 awards; and the main character in the BlackJack series of telemovies since 2003.
In late 1997, Friels was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. However, his treatment was successful, and he is one of the very few victims of this disease to go into long-term remission.
Friels has been married to actress Judy Davis since 1984, and they have two children, Jack and Charlotte.