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Jeremy Cumpston

Jeremy Cumpston (born 1967, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia) is an Australian actor most known for his work as Connor Costello on All Saints, an Australian hospital drama.

 

Jeremy's grandfather was a doctor, his uncle is a doctor and his father was a radiographer before becoming a hospital administrator.

 

Jeremy was born in Darwin when his father was based there while working on a program to provide X-ray screenings for tuberculosis in remote Aboriginal communities. Then the family moved to Canada, where his father was the hospital administrator for a small town. They returned to Australia briefly when Jeremy was eight but then went back to Canada, and this time his father worked at the hospital base for the world's second largest nickelmine, in Thompson, Manitoba, located north of the 63rd parallel.

 

Jeremy was 11 when his parents and four sisters returned to live in South Australia. Throughout school he was interested in drama, but at the end of Year 12 he decided to study Medicine.

 

While Jeremy loved the course and did want to be a doctor, he was still thinking about acting. He auditioned and was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), but it was not acceptable to defer his intern year so he had to pass up the place.

 

Still, after finishing his internship at Wollongong Hospital and Sydney's Prince Henry Hospital, Jeremy decided he needed time out. He enrolled in classes at The Actor's Centre and then worked as general practitioner to get some financial security before heading off to Perth for three years' full-time acting study at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

 

Whilst in his final year at WAAPA, Jeremy worked as a GP full-time for six weeks during his holidays to raise the money which enabled him to produce and then perform in the one-man play Shadow Boxing. It was performed in Adelaide and had a return season in Perth. This was the first play produced by the Tamarama Rock Surfers theatre company which he co-founded with Michael Gwynne and his sister Zena Cumpston.

 

After graduation, Jeremy got an agent and within two days had a role with the Sydney Theatre Company's 1996 production of Miracle City, directed by Gale Edwards. Next came the lead in the New England Theatre Company's production of Romeo and Juliet and then the role of Mercutio in the Glenn Elston production of Romeo and Juliet in the Botanic Gardens.

 

During 1997, he worked at an Aboriginal medical centre in Sydney's western suburbs while continuing to audition and work on guest roles in Murder Call and Roar. Jeremy produced and performed in the Tamarama Rock Surfers' first Sydney project, Road, directed by Simon Lyndon. He then directed Three Strikes at the Old Fitzroy Hotel, which enjoyed excellent reviews and a sellout season.

 

In 1998, he directed the TRS production Pitchfork and co-produced Diary of a Madman. As well as his All Saints workload, Jeremy remains committed to the TRS and is the artistic director of the company. He directed and starred in the first production for the 1999 season—Amco Riders opens at the Old Fitzroy Hotel in Sydney.

 

He is a qualified doctor and spent a year (2001-2002) working as a doctor at Bourke's Aboriginal Medical Service in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia.

 

Has three children Hal (born 1999), Joseph (born 2005) and River (born 2007), and a fourth born November 2008.

 

Jeremy also enjoys playing soccer, tennis, swimming and surfing.

Australian TV Information Archive

 

jeremy cumpston

 

Jeremy is my 5th cousin 1 x removed.

 

Great grandson of JHL Cumpston and Gladys Maeve Cumpston

 

See more about Jeremy's sister here

 

Nici Cumpston

 

 

Additional information, including that above from Australian Television: All Saints stars:

 

Preparation for a role in a hospital drama just does not get much better than degrees in both Medicine and Acting.  Jeremy completed six years of medical school, an intern year and worked as a general practitioner before enrolling and graduating from the respected Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts course.

 

While Jeremy is now focusing on acting, he says he still loves being a GP and tries to do some casual shifts when his All Saints schedule permits.  "I'd like to think I am a good GP because I really like people and I always try to be fair and honest when dealing with my patients. Listening is the key to medicine for me and in this regard I am interested in my patient's life on the whole and not just their symptoms."

 

Jeremy's grandfather was a doctor, his uncle is a doctor and his father was a radiographer before becoming a hospital administrator.

 

Jeremy was 11 when his parents and four sisters returned to live in South Australia. Throughout school he was interested in drama, but at the end of Year 12 he decided to study Medicine.

 

 

Primary Health Care settles case against  former GP

 

Vanda Carson Sydney Morning Herald October 26, 2010

 

The corporate health giant Primary Health Care has settled its lawsuit against one of its former GPs at the eleventh hour. A subsidiary of the company sued a doctor, Jeremy Cumpston, for damages and for 50 per cent of his earnings after he left its medical centre at Darlinghurst and set up at Randwick.

 

The company, owned by the millionaire doctor Ed Bateman, alleged he had breached his contract with them because his surgery was too close to his former Primary-owned practice.

 

Dr Cumpston argued the contract was unfair, and breached the Trade Practices Act by unfairly restricting him from working. The suit was settled yesterday morning, just as the hearing was set to begin in the NSW Supreme Court. Barrister George Lucarelli, acting for the Primary subsidiary, told the court that ''the matter has been settled''.

 

Acting Justice William Windeyer asked Dr Cumpston, who did not have a barrister to represent him, if he was ''happy'' with the settlement. ''Yes, your honour, I'm happy with that,'' Dr Cumpston said. Dr Cumpston had been facing certain bankruptcy and the strain of the legal battle had broken up his marriage.