Auckland-born Aaron Jeffery moved to Australia at 17, to study acting at Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art. After time on Water Rats, he won fame and two Logie Awards for McLeods' Daughters. In-between doing over 200 episodes as larrikin horseman Alex Ryan, he returned to Aotearoa for Outrageous Fortune, to play Wolf West's dodgy half-brother. In 2012 he won an AACTA Award after adding 15 kilograms for Underbelly: Badness. Later he starred as celebrity criminal Mark 'Chopper' Read in a 2018 Underbelly instalment. Jeffery has also acted in Step Dave (as Dave's dad) and Prisoner update Wentworth.
I'm 42 now and I'm getting the opportunity to play 'characters', rather than in the early part of my acting career, when it was often a leading man part ... The 'straight and narrow' lead guy role can be a bit mundane — I want to play characters that have an edge, a spark, something that sets them apart. Aaron Jeffery in the Sydney Morning Herald, 20 September 2012