Brett Alan Tucker was born on May 21, 1972 in Melbourne, Victoria to Ken and Janice Tucker. He has three siblings, a sister Nicky and two brothers Mark and David.
As a kid growing up in the Yarra Valley, Brett dreamed of being an actor.
“I used to get lost in my own fantasy world, creating little plays with my friends but never thinking it would happen. There wasn’t a great deal of opportunity in the country; you basically played football or learned a trade and I thought to be an actor you would need to have grown up in the city and attended a really good drama school.” – saddleclubtv.com
He tried to forget the idea and, after leaving school, settled down to a job in the local bank. Brett toyed with the idea of concentrating on his other love, football, but the idea and dream wouldn’t go away. Starting in amateur theatre, he realized there was a chance of making it and moved on to drama school.
His introduction to the stage was the result of an impulsive bid to contact actress Jo Kennedy after seeing her in Gillian Armstrong’s 1982 screen musical “Starstruck”.
“We moved to the Victorian country town of Warburton when I was about six. I’d already been fascinated with the stage since my best mate starred as Oliver in a local production of the musical. But it was the movies which really enchanted me and I saw everything that came to Warburton. When I saw Starstruck one of my friends said that the star, Jo Kennedy, came from our town. Now, I am not a pushy fellow, but I found out where she lived and decided to go and see her. She wasn’t home but her dad, who was a teacher, said he’d let her know about me when she next came home. Then out of the blue I got a phone call from Jo and finally got the chance to meet her.” – The Sunday Mail
Brett studied performing arts at the National Theater Drama School in Melbourne. He graduated from the school in the year 1996.
Fulfilling his dream of becoming an actor meant giving up on football. The decision was helped when he broke his nose in the third quarter of a spirited game the day before he was to audition for an important part. Other than football, he also plays tennis, cricket, basketball and boxes. Brett is also a great horse-rider and a cyclist.
As a country guy, moving to Los Angeles wasn’t easy for him but it gave him a better chance at a career in the business.
“I had to do it in stages; otherwise it would have been too much of a culture shock. I have always been a country person and I even found it hard to move from Yarra Valley to Melbourne. When I first went to L.A. I found it as hard. So I have been back and forth about four times now for auditions, meetings and work. And I am now more accustomed to it.” – saddleclubtv.com
Brett appeared in several stage productions including “The New Adventures of Robin Hood”, at the Studley Park Boathouse, directed by Lisa Collins in 1995 and “Romeo and Juliet”, at National Theatre, directed by Neale Warrington in 1997.
He played the title role of Jay Gatsby in the 1997 production of F Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” which was adapted by Barry Lowe and directed by Robert Chuter in Rippon Lea.
In 2006, Brett played alongside John Waters in Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel “The Woman In Black”. The play was directed by Robin Herford and played in various theatres in Australia from June 2006 to September 2006. This ghost story was unanimously acclaimed by the critics and loved by the audience. Brett also appeared in The Hong Kong Tour of this production.
” It’s a thriller, not horror. There’s no gore. It’s all about suspense. It’s terrifying. It’s going to be great fun. I was there looking at those technical aspects too and was, like John, completely sucked into it. It was scary! It’s a scary book, it’s scary when you read it. But I was surprised how scary it was on stage. There were people screaming in the audience. It really goes off. So then I told them I couldn’t do it, I was too scared.” – The Age
Fortunately, he was persuaded back to the project.
“I’ve had a wonderful time playing Dave Brewer in McLeod’s Daughters, but I am really excited about getting back into the theatre and my grassroots,” said Tucker. “There’s nothing like connecting with an audience and although I seem to be mostly on TV and in films nowadays the stage is as important to me. “It’s really a question of juggling. I have found it almost impossible to do much else while I have been on McLeod’s Daughters. It’s even worse if you’re on TV in the US.” – The Sunday Mail
In 2000, Brett had his debut in a feature film called “Mall Boy” where he played Darren. The film was an Australian production and received critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival.
He had his first role in a US film called “The Extreme Team” in 2003, alongside Chris Pratt and Eric Mabius, followed by “The Great Raid” in 2005, opposite Benjamin Bratt and James Franco.
In 2010, Brett appeared alongside Yvonne Strahovski in “I Love You Too”, playing her boss. The film also featured Peter Dinklage and Brett’s co-star from “McLeod’s Daughters” Bridie Carter, though they don’t share any scenes.
In 2013, he appeared in Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” as Einherjar Guard who was really Loki in disguise. The role may have been small but he got praised by Tom Hiddleston for his performance.
Brett also appeared in the Australian short film “Alpha Male” in 2004 and the Canadian short film “Mine” in 2015.
In 1992, Brett landed his first role in the Australian television soap opera “Neighbours”, playing Davo. He came back again as the same character in an episode in 1993 and played three different characters in 1994, 1995 and 1996.
Brett guest starred in several Australian series at the beginning of his career including “Snowy River: The McGregor Saga”; “State Coroner”; “Blue Heelers” where he played two different characters in a couple of episodes; “Thunderstone”; “Halifax f.p.”; “The Lost World” and “Worst Best Friends”.
Brett also appeared in several TV movies throughout his career such as “The Last of the Ryans” with Richard Roxburgh; “Code Red” with Brian McNamara; the Germany-Australian production “Abschied in den Tod” and “The Outsider” alongside Naomi Watts.
In 1999, he returned to “Neighbours” as Daniel Fitzgerald, a role he played throughout 2000 before leaving the series again. He made a comeback in late 2007 and stayed on the series until 2009.
In 2001, he appeared in the television mini series “Blonde” where Poppy Montgomery portrayed Marilyn Monroe. Richard Roxburgh, his co-star from “The Last of the Ryans” also appeared in the mini series.
In 2001, Brett got his first regular role on the television series “The Saddle Club” where he played charming Max Regnery, the owner of a riding school for kids. He enjoyed working on the series because he got to work with horses and it was filmed close to home. He appeared on the series for two seasons.
In 2003, he was cast in a recurring role in the hit series “McLeod’s Daughters”. Due to his characters popularity, he was made a regular for the following seasons. For his role as the witty vet Dave Brewer, he apprenticed with a real country veterinarian to research his role. He appeared in a total of 100 episodes before leaving the series in 2006.
While visiting Los Angeles, he auditioned for a starring role on the American television soap opera “Days of Our Lives” but was glad when that didn’t work out because it gave him the chance to go back to the stage instead.
“The idea is that if you are not offered a role within five weeks, the contract you signed before the audition is invalid. I had an inkling that the producers liked me when I went to audition but I was able to knock back the role because they didn’t contact me before the five-week deadline. I changed my mind about Days of our Lives because it involved working about 49 weeks a year. The other thing was, well, I hadn’t seen the show before I went to Los Angeles. I don’t think I’d want to be in a show I wouldn’t want to watch. It would have been a good financial move for me but it meant 49 weeks inside a studio each year for three years. Also, I had started to get good roles in movies and, at that stage, I didn’t need the stepping stone. And I knew I couldn’t do it; I would get too homesick for Australia.” – The Sunday Mail
After leaving “Neighbours”, he finally moved to the United States to pursue a career there. He found it easier to be cast in American films than Australian which he believed was due to his looks that fit more with the all-American type than that quirkier look that Australian directors seemed to like. He mastered the American accent within three years to the point where no one could tell that he was actually from Australia.
He booked several guest appearances on American television series such as “Legend of the Seeker”; “CSI: NY”; “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”; “Off the Map”; “NCIS”; “Rizzoli & Isles”; “Castle”; “This Is Us” and “The Brave”. In addition, he was also cast as a recurring character on the series “Spartacus”.
In 2011, he did a pilot called “Criminal Behavior” with Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Lou Diamond Phillips. Sadly, the pilot didn’t get a series pickup.
In 2012, he appeared on an episode of the Australian series “Lowdown”.
In 2013, he was cast as the charming Australian chef Harry Davis in the ABC series “Mistresses”. His role was originally going to be American but when the producer found out he was Australian they changed it. The series was shot in Los Angeles for its first season before moving the production to Vancouver for the remaining three seasons. The series ended in 2016 after 52 episodes.
In 2017, he appeared as a regular in the Australian production “Newton’s Law” before returning to the United States for a recurring role on the hit series “The Americans” opposite Keri Russell. He also did a pilot for Amazon called “Love You More” which sadly didn’t get picked up.
In 2018, he was cast as Fire Chief Lucas Ripley in a recurring role on the Shondaland series “Station 19”. He was only supposed to appear in a few episodes of the first season but due to his popularity, he was brought back for an arc in the second season and even though he was never officially a regular cast member, his co-star Barrett Doss said that he very much felt like one. In a crossover event with the series “Grey’s Anatomy” on May 2, 2019, his character died, leaving fans upset and angry. He returned in the third season for an episode as his best friends hallucination which had been kept under wraps and surprised and excited a lot of fans who had missed his character.
In December 2019, it was announced that Brett was cast opposite Charlie Brooks in the television mini series “With Intent”, formerly “Breathless”. Filming was set for March 2020 in Australia for a month but sadly production had to be shut down on March 23 with seven days of the 20-day shoot remaining.