Born in London. Studied Law at Trinity College Dublin and passed out top of the law school.
His first professional role as as Hamlet while still in his teens. Nominated in 1973 by the London Theatre Critics for The Most Promising Newcomer for his performance in a three hander called ‘Children of the Wolf’ at the Apollo Theatre in the West End, starring opposite British Academy Award winner Yvonne Mitchell.
Shane has starred in 34 films in the U.S.A, the U.K., Europe and Australia, 14 television plays and mini series for the B.B.C. and I.T.V; and in the USA starred in 3 Prime Time networked telemovies, playing Dorian Gray in Glenn Jordan’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, a three hour special for the ABC produced by Dan Curtis; starring with Timothy Dalton in ‘The Flame is Love’ for NBC; and guest starring opposite Academy Award winner Olivia de Havilland in NBC’s ‘Murder is Easy’
He worked with Paul Newman and James Mason in ‘The Mackintosh Man’, played Jack Palance’s son in ‘Hawk the Slayer,’ starred opposite Academy Award winner Cliff Robertson in ‘Shaker Run’ to name but a few films during this period.
His most notable television appearances in the U.K. are Jack Gold’s ‘The Naked Civil Servant’ with John Hurt, and starring with Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons in Warris Hussein’s ‘Notorious Woman’, which won Rosemary Harris the Emmy that year.
Following a promotional tour of Australia for Columbia Pictures to promote ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ in ‘82, Shane based himself in Sydney, continuing to work in the U.K. and America. Since his move to Australia he has starred in 14 feature films including ‘Bruce Morrison’s award-winning ‘Constance’, ‘Shaker Run’ co-starring with Academy Award winner Cliff Robertson, Simon Wincer’s ‘The Lighthorsemen’, ‘Minnimurra’, starring with Jeff Fahey, Mark Joffe’s ‘Grievous Bodily Harm’, and John Seale’s ‘Till There Was You’, starring with Mark Harmon and Jeroen Krabbé. He’s also made several mini series, including George Miller’s ‘Anzacs’ and Pino Amenta’s ‘Nancy Wake’. Also two-hander ‘Twisted Tales’ with Geoffrey Rush.
In 2011 he played the Governor of Bombay in Roland Joffe's 'The Lovers' starring Josh Hartnett. Since then he starred in the HBO ASIA, Australian Broadcasting Corporation co-production 'SERANGOON ROAD' starring Joan Chen and Don Hany. He has just finished filming on the television mini series 'GALLIPOLI' due for release in Australia in early 2014.
He is the author of 8 Australian novels (see page 3 - My Novels) – “The Webber Agenda” (1994), “The Chasen Catalyst” (1996), “Hitkids” (2000), and “Bite of the Lotus” (2001). “Graphic” (2006) All have been optioned for film. His sixth novel, “Worst Nightmares”, his debut novel in the United States, was published by the Vanguard Press in on May 12th, 2009. It has already received many plaudits. The terrifying sequel, "The Dreamhealer" is avalable on CreateSpace (http://createspace.com/3532241) Amazon and (as a download on Smashwords.com and Kindle) His latest novel is titled 'LIVE FEED' and is an indictment on how the media exploits everyday tragedies for ratings.