Jamie Coffa portrays John Gilbert, one of the most formidable villains in Australia's colonial history. Jamie bears an uncanny resemblance to the young man who earned the nick-name 'Happy Jack' because he was so often laughing. But beneath his jovial demeanour was the delicate ego of a pyschopath and wholly unrepentant murderer...
Jamie Coffa has recently returned to Melbourne to pursue a career in acting after travelling and living overseas since birth.
Since 2012, Jamie has acted in a number of student films, a corporate video for Deakin University and has played an ANZAC solider in the upcoming Channel 9 mini-series 'Gallipoli'.
However it is 'The Legend of Ben Hall' which marks Jamie’s initiation in a major screen role. When Jamie is not acting, he studies Creative Arts at the Australian Catholic University.
JAMIE COFFA as John Gilbert
“I feel so lucky to be a part of a project which has a direct link to our country’s history. Gilbert is a dangerous yet charismatic character who plays an integral part in the Ben Hall story and I feel honoured to portray him.”
John Gilbert was an notorious Australian bushranger shot dead by the police at the age of 23 near Binalong, New South Wales on 13 May 1865.
He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1842. At 18 yrs old, he fell under the influence of the bushranger Frank Gardiner. From then on Gilbert was identified as being involved in several hold-ups between Lambing Flat (Young) and the Lachlan Plains.
He was the only Australian bushranger not to have served time in prison. Gilbert was a member of Ben Hall's gang. Hall and Gilbert were both shot by police within a week of each other.