ANTHONY STARR (plays Van and Jethro West)

ANTHONY STARR (plays Van and Jethro West)

Playing twins Van and Jethro West won Antony Starr the 2007 Air New Zealand Screen Award for Performance by an Actor, the award for Best Actor at the Qantas Television Awards and Best Actor at the Asian TV Awards in the same year. Readers of the TV Guide also voted Antony Best Actor in the 2007 TV Guide Best on the Box People’s Choice Awards. In 2005, he was named Best Actor at the inaugural Qantas Television Awards for his role in OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE.

Antony began his professional acting career nearly a decade ago with a small part on Shortland Street and a couple of guest roles on Xena – Warrior Princess and Hercules. From there the young actor went onto play Waverley’s brother, Stratford Wilson, in Shortland Street once again, in a recurring guest role.

In 2001, Antony was cast in Mercy Peak as Todd, one of the no-good, white trash Van der Velter brothers. It was a guest role that he had throughout Mercy Peak’s three seasons.

Since then, Antony’s television credits have included a core cast role in kids’ series Hard Out and guest roles in P.E.T. Detectives and Street Legal as well as a brief stint in Serial Killers, the critically acclaimed comedy series that was penned by OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE co-creator James Griffin.

During the production of the first series of OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE, Antony also juggled filming for Toa Fraser’s internationally acclaimed debut feature, No.2 which was released in New Zealand in early 2006. Antony’s other film credits include Roger Donaldson’s The World’s Fastest Indian, the US comedy feature Without a Paddle and Brad McGann’s acclaimed feature film In My Father’s Den. In the summer of 2006/7 between series two and three of OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE, Antony worked on a collaborative short film with some friends.

Antony appeared on stage in the second edition of Sex with Strangers (2005) while in 2004 Antony performed in two theatre productions: Closer at Auckland’s Silo Theatre and Sex with Strangers directed by Colin Mitchell at the Herald Theatre.

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