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3 famous Australian actors who started their acting journey as teenagers

Acting superstars like Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts and Heath Ledger all pursued their screen acting careers from an early age. Now, countless successes later, their names are some of the most respected names in the Film & TV industry, and both aspiring and established actors look up to them. Did you know these superstars were all in their teens when they scored their first Film & TV roles?

Heath Ledger

16-year old Heath Ledger traveled from Perth to Sydney to pursue an acting career with his long-time friend Trevor Di Carlo after taking on various theatre roles at his grammar school and a small role in Clowning Around (1992), the first part of a two-part television series. Ledger’s career of course skyrocketed and he went on to star in critically acclaimed movie blockbusters such as Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008) as the Joker and Brokeback Mountain (2005) as Ennis Del Mar. Since his passing in 2008, the Heath Ledger Scholarship was established. The foundation partners with Screenwise and Qantas Airlines to support the education and career development of emerging Australian talent and the future of the Australian cinema.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman was only 16 when she made her film debut in the 1983 remake of the Australian holiday season favorite Bush Christmas after director Jane Campion encouraged her to audition for it. Around the same time, Kidman also met one of her best friends, who happened to be fellow actress Naomi Watts. She also scored a handful of supporting roles in the television series Five Mile Creek, BMX Bandits and Wills & Burke.



Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts immigrated to Sydney, Australia at the age of 14. She enrolled in acting classes before auditioning for numerous TV advertisements. Naomi made her breakthrough in 1986 with the drama film For Love Alone and her first major role in the Australian TV miniseries Brides of Christ in 1991.



Why not follow in their footsteps and also start right away?

As Christmas is coming up, we now offer course GIFT CARDS to gift to your loved ones! You can pay for a course now and have it valid for 1 whole year, here are the courses you can choose from –
“Kids & Teens School Holiday Program” that we offer:
  • “Kids and Teens School Holiday Program” will be running on the 7th and 8th of January – running from 10am until 1pm for 2 days.

Hereby an example of work kids and teens have done in previous groups!


“Hollywood Package Course” that we offer:

  • Level 1: Introduction To Screen Acting Course – Starts on the 7th of January – running on Thursdays from 6pm until 8pm for 4 weeks.

(You may also take the Level 1 classes as a separate program)


  • Level 2 and 3: Advanced Screen Acting Course – Starts on the 6th of February- Running on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm – 3 weeks – Last weekend on Saturday or Sunday is the showreel shoot.
Please see past showreel examples:
Showreel we created for a young girl example
Showreel Female mid 30’s example
Showreel example
Trailer example
Monologue example