Troye Sivan

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Troye Sivan
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Sivan speaking at VidCon, June 2014
Background information
Birth name Troye Sivan Mellet
Born (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 19)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Origin Perth, Western Australia
Occupations Actor, singer-songwriter, YouTube personality
Years active 2006–present
Labels EMI Music Australia

Troye Sivan Mellet (/trɔɪ sɨˈvɑːn/; born 5 June 1995), better known as Troye Sivan, is a South African-born Australian actor, YouTuber and singer-songwriter. As an actor, he played young James Howlett in the 2009 X-Men film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and most recently has starred in the Spud film trilogy. Sivan also regularly makes YouTube videos, and has as of 28 June 2014, over two million subscribers and over 91 million views in total.

On 26 June 2014, Sivan publicly announced through his YouTube channel that he had signed a record deal with Universal Music, and is set to release his new EP, entitled TRXYE, through EMI Music Australia in August 2014.

Personal life

Sivan was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.[1][2] His family moved to Australia when he was two years old. Sivan currently lives in Perth, Australia with his parents and three siblings. He is Jewish (his father was born to a Jewish family and his mother converted to Judaism).[3] Sivan was homeschooled. Troye's middle name is Sivan and he embraced it as his stage name.

On 7 August 2010, Sivan revealed to his family that he is gay.[4] On 7 August 2013, he revealed his sexual orientation publicly through a video on his YouTube channel.[5]


Sivan has sung at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Channel Seven Perth Telethon.[6][7] His 2006 performance included a duet with Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian.[7] Sivan made it to the grand finals of StarSearch 2007.[6] His debut album, Dare to Dream, was released in February 2008.[2] The CD includes five songs "There's a Hero", "Angels Brought Me Here", "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "Unsung Hero" and "The Prayer".[2] On 20 September 2008, Sivan sang in the opening of Storm the Stage at the Burswood Entertainment Complex.[8]

In February 2010, Sivan opened the "We Are the World 25 for Haiti (YouTube edition)", the collaborative music charity video produced by Lisa Lavie to help raise money for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In December 2012, Sivan produced his own music video through YouTube called "The 2012 Song" telling the story of the year from his perspective.[9] On 5 May 2013, Sivan made a video called "The Fault in Our Stars", inspired by the book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Before posting the official music video onto YouTube, he posted the song to Tumblr. Over the period of that night he had more than 100,000 notes, many of which expressed support for a music video; Sivan decided he would make one. He went to Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, located in Perth, and filmed the official music video. There, he spent the day with two girls suffering from cancer, Kimmy and Montana.

On 5 June 2013, Sivan was signed to EMI Australia, a Universal Music Australia label, but kept it a secret until a year later. In June 2014 he announced that he will be releasing a five-song EP on 15 August 2014. The EP is titled TRXYE and will be led by its first single, "Happy Little Pill", the music video for which will be released in late July.[10]


In 2007, Sivan starred as Oliver Twist in a production of Oliver! at the Regal Theatre.[7] In February 2008, Sivan was cast as young James Howlett in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Sivan got the part after videos of his telethon performance were posted on YouTube, catching the attention of a Hollywood agent who contacted Sivan and asked him to send in an audition tape.[7] Though Kodi Smit-McPhee was already cast for this role, he was unable to be a part of the film, due to his other film, The Road.[11]

In 2008, Sivan was cast in a West Australian short film, Betrand the Terrible.[12] In July 2009, he auditioned successfully for the lead role in Spud, a film adaptation of the 2005 novel by South African author John van de Ruit.[13] Filming took place in South Africa from early March to mid-April 2010.[14][15] Sivan appeared in the West Australian season of Samuel Beckett's absurdist play Waiting for Godot which opened on 28 May 2010. Sivan shared the role of "Boy" with Craig Hyde-Smith, alternating nights.[16]

In June 2012, Sivan returned to South Africa to film Spud 2: The Madness Continues, which was released in South Africa on 21 June 2013. On 22 June 2013, the filming of Spud 3: Learning to Fly began.


In September 2012, Sivan began creating video blogs on the video sharing site YouTube, after strictly singing on the site since 2007. At the time of posting his first vlog, Sivan had accumulated 27,000 subscribers in his five years on YouTube. As of 28 June 2014, Sivan has over 91 million views across his YouTube videos and more than two million subscribers. His YouTube channel is the second most subscribed channel in Australia.[17]


Year Title Role
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Young James Howlett
2010 Betrand The Terrible (short) Ace
2010 Spud John "Spud" Milton
2013 Spud 2: The Madness Continues John "Spud" Milton
2014 Spud 3: Learning to Fly John "Spud" Milton


  • Perth Telethon (2006–2008) – Solo performer as opening act, and with Guy Sebastian
  • Star Search (2007) – Grand Finalist


  • Oliver (2007) as Oliver Twist – Regal Theater, Perth
  • Waiting for Godot (2010) – His Majesty's Theatre, Perth
  • Bob Geldof event, performed three songs – Sydney, Australia


  • Dare to Dream EP (2007)
  • June Haverly EP (2012)
  • TRXYE (2014)
Original songs
  • "We're My OTP" (2012)
  • "The 2012 Song" (2012)
  • "The Fault in Our Stars" (2013)
  • "The 2013 Song" (2013)
  • Spud: The Movie Soundtrack (2010)


  1. ^ "Australian Boy Does Accents!". YouTube. 2012-11-17. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  2. ^ a b c "Biography". Troye Sivan (Official website). Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Troye Sivan's Tumblr — How Jewish are you? Like are you orthodox or reform or?". Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  4. ^ "Troye Sivan Gay: Australian Actor Comes Out On YouTube". The Huffington Post. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Lu, Anne (10 August 2013). "'Wolverine' Actor Troye Sivan Comes Out As Gay On YouTube Vlog". International Business Times. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Symonds, Kristy (7 April 2012). "Perth boy making it big in Hollywood". Perth Now. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d Harvey, Shannon (28 February 2008). "Perth boy to play young Hugh Jackman in Wolverine movie". Perth Now. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Troye opened 'Storm The Stage' 2008". 21 October 2008. Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2009. 
  9. ^ "The 2012 Song - Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review (A Musical Zeitgeist) | Troye Sivan (Now on iTunes!)". YouTube. 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  10. ^ Caulfield, Keith (27 June 2014). "YouTube Star Troye Sivan Signs With EMI Australia, Announces EP". Billboard. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Bodey, Michael (5 March 2008). "One for the road clears the path". The Australian. Archived from the original on 24 September 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Coyne, Yvette (16 February 2010). "Bertrand the Terrible – LINK funded film". Film & Television Institute (WA) Inc. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Troye plays lead role in Spud – The Movie". 2 February 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  14. ^ "Spud's Young Stars". Screen Africa. 8 March 2010. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  15. ^ Van de Ruit, John (20 April 2010). "Icarus Allsorts". John van de Ruit's blog at Book South Africa. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  16. ^ Hatch, Daniel (24 May 2010). "Troye on stage with theatre great". The West Australian. p. 3. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  17. ^ "Troye Sivan". YouTube. Google. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Troye Sivan". Troye Sivan. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 

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