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.