Bob Downe is Murwillumbah"s most famous product, next to sugar cane and bananas. Not a surprise since Murwillumbah actually means "a good camping ground". He lives with his mum, Ida, in the annex of an L-shaped caravan at the Now Or Never Caravan Park. Bob"s dad, Neale, can usually be found in the shed while his brother, Mark, works in retail and his sister, Di, is a publicist in Adelaide. Nana Downe spends her time knitting and Aunty Bev is just plain mad.
Bob was the New South Wales Under Eight recorder and run like a girl champion. His first job was in the window of Grace Brothers where he was doing back to school fashion but it was a chance appearance in a kids" hairdressing competition on The Tarax Show and watching 50"s and 60"s musicals on TV that were to lure Bob into the world of show. The boy was born to sing. Fame came from hosting the daytime TV show, Good Morning Murwillumbah, on which Bob was able to provide his own inimitable fashion and hair care tips. A trim 40-regular, despite his 6" 1" height, Bob steps out in a dainty size 8-1/2 Hush Puppy.
The UK beckoned in the late eighties and Bob has toured the country successfully ever since, including 12 Edinburgh Festivals and an appearance on the 1995 Royal Variety Performance. Numerous TV credits include his own shows Bob Downe Under and The Bob Downe Special. He starred with Reg the goldfish in Foreplay with Bob Downe and Bob Downe All Over Britain on the digital and cable TV channel UKPlay. Back in Australia, Bob co-hosted the 1999 ARIA Awards with Paul McDermott.
The new Millennium started off well with Bob winning the Best Cabaret Artiste of the year at the 17th annual Green Room Awards in Melbourne. Million Sellers was nominated in the Best Show category. The accolades continued when Whiter! Brighter! was nominated in the Mooseheads at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Towards the end of the year Bob had his own chat show, The Bob Downe Show on cable channel TV1.
Murwillumbah met Manhattan when Bob debuted his live show in New York, to great acclaim, in the Spring of 2001. A year later and Bob was to show he wasn"t just a pretty face when he won the celebrity version of the Weakest Link. He was also the Big Brother voice on the Australian celebrity version of the reality TV series. Taking a different direction with his stage shows, Bob wowed the crowds at the Australian comedy festivals with a Rock "n" Roll concert, Cold August Night, showing he was just as much the rock star as he was crooner. A show at Sydney"s magnificent State Theatre was recorded for a future release as a live album.
British fans were thrilled when Bob finally returned to the UK. He played the largest venue at the Edinburgh Fringe for the whole of August. Whiter! Brighter! then went on tour around the country, culiminating with a week in London.
Despite previously having a girlfriend, Miss Pastel Vespa and a much-publicised engagement to the blonde bomb-site herself, Lily Savage, Bob remains a confirmed bachelor.
Special mention must be given to Mark Trevorrow for giving Bob a helping hand (and other body parts) to become the actor, singer, model, dancer and international variety artiste we know and love.