Actor Dan Wyllie charged with alleged domestic violence assault

Popular actor Dan Wyllie, 50, who starred in Muriel’s Wedding and Animal Kingdom, has been charged with assaulting his wife, film director Shannon Murphy, in an alleged domestic violence incident.

Wyllie, who is well known in the Australian film and TV industry, was arrested at Waverley Police Station on Saturday following an incident involving Ms Murphy in March, earlier this year. The actor was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

“Following an investigation by officers from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command into an alleged domestic-related assault at a Woollahra home in March 2020, a 50-year-old man was arrested at Waverley Police Station today,” a NSW Police spokesperson said in a statement.  

NSW Police also took out a provisional Apprehended Violence Order against Wyllie, ordering he must not assault, threaten, stalk or harass Ms Murphy, or destroy or damage any of her property.

The pair married in Thailand in 2014 in what was dubbed a secret wedding with Toni Collette amongst the 50 guests at their intimate ceremony. They were dating for six years beforehand.

Murphy is an Australian film director, who has directed for the Sydney Theatre Company, and gave birth to the pair’s child in 2015.

She is also shareholder in production company The Dollhouse Pictures which counts Australian actress Rose Byrne and film director Gracie Otto as shareholders.

Wyllie has also appeared in The Water Diviner as well as TV shows including Puberty Blues, Tangle, Underbelly, Rake and Love My Way, for which he won a Silver Logie in 2004.

He was released on bail by police over the alleged incident and will appear at Downing Centre Local Court on August 12.

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