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Bob Downe is the alter ego of entertainer, Mark Trevorrow. Bob enjoyed a successful twenty-year career in Australia and the UK, with sell out stage performances and ARIA nominations for his albums. On home turf, the only man to wear a beige safari suit in style hosted several years of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade for Network Ten.

Bob Downe, one of Australia's most loved and enduring comedy characters, is the creation of broadcaster and entertainer Mark Trevorrow.

Born in Melbourne 4 February 1959, Mark started his working life at 17 as a copyboy with The Sun News-Pictorial, before co-founding cabaret comedy group The Globos, who released two Australian Top 20 hit singles, Tintarella di Luna (1982) and The Beat Goes On (1983). In 1984 he formed a comedy duo in with Cathy Armstrong, in which Bob Downe was born.

Bob's comedy/chat series, The Bob Downe Show (Foxtel/TV1), went to air in December 2000. Bob Downe's last three national theatre tours, Million Sellers (1999), Whiter! Brighter! (2000) and Cold August Night (2002) have been sellouts everywhere, including the Sydney Opera House and the State Theatre.

Mark was awarded Cabaret Artiste of the Year at the 1999 Green Room
Awards in Melbourne, receiving the honour again in 2000. In 2001 Bob released his third album, Huge Hits, and played a successful three-night showcase at New York's Westbeth Theatre.

Meanwhile, following the success of his 2002 ABC documentary The Way We Were: Sinatra in Australia, a 10-part series of The Way We Were is currently airing to great acclaim and top ratings for the national broadcaster. He has also appeared in the outrageous animated Australian/Canadian sitcom, Quads, as the voice of Spalding (SBS 2002), and made cameo appearances in the first two series of Kath & Kim. 

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