Aussie stars to watch

We’re known for our talent in Hollywood and there’s plenty more where that came from…

It’s crazy to think that less than 25 years ago, only a handful of Australian actors ever cracked the big time in Hollywood. Now Aussies are a force to be reckoned with: winning lead roles in film and TV, triumphing at the Oscars and capturing the hearts of fans across the globe. But hey, we’re just getting started. We’ve got a whole lot of talent ready to take Tinseltown – and the world - by storm. Here’s our pick of Aussie stars to watch:

Nicholas Hamilton 

Nicholas Hamilton

He’s only 18 but has already made his mark with an awesome turn as the mullet wearing bully Henry Bowers in the Stephen King horror blockbuster IT. He was the next scariest character after Penny Wise - and we’re not just talking about his haircut. Hamilton will next be seen in Danger Close, a Vietnam War film from Red Dog director, Kriv Stenders. Given his age and talent, we see a long career for the former Lismore boy.

Danielle Macdonald

Danielle McDonald

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She’s never worked as an actress in Australia nor played the role of an Australian. At the age of 18, after struggling to find work here, Sydneysider Danielle Macdonald bravely headed for Los Angeles hoping to get a break. She hasn’t looked back. Her star turn in acclaimed indie film, Patti Cake$, caught the eye of Hollywood filmmakers and critics, with The New York Times hailing her performance “sensational”.  McDonald has since landed the lead role in the upcoming musical comedy Dumplin’ opposite Jennifer Aniston, and just wrapped work on Netflix’s Bird Box alongside Oscar winner Sandra Bullock. Way to go Danielle – you’re doing us proud. 

Samson Coulter and  Ben Spence

Samson Coulter and Ben Spence from Breath

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Neither had ever acted before their lead roles in Simon Baker’s directorial debut movie Breath but you would never have known it. Samson Coulter and Ben Spence played best mates in the acclaimed drama and were absolute naturals. Critics agreed, praising both for their “outstanding” work (Urban Cinefile). Coulter and Spencer are competitive surfers, another attribute that Simon Baker wanted for the roles. And while surfing is a field they’d like to pursue after school, Coulter, now 18 and Spence, 17, are keen to do more acting. And we’d be keen to see it. Watch this space.

Sophia Forrest

Sophia Forrest 

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Even before she had graduated from WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) in 2016, Sophia Forrest had scored a coveted role in Channel 9’s hit drama Love Child, playing the smart and rebellious Debbie Hampshire. That role garnered her a TV Week Logie nomination for Most Popular New Talent. Forrest has just finished filming Aquaman with Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) and is currently shooting Ride Like a Girl, directed by Rachel Griffiths and co-starring Teresa Palmer and Sam Neill. With work like this under her belt, it is just a matter of time before Hollywood looks to the Forrest for a lead role.


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