Adelaide Clemens

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Adelaide Clemens
Photo of Adelaide Clemens
Clemens at the 2017 Montclair Film Festival
Born (1989-11-30) 30 November 1989 (age 28)
Brisbane, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Adelaide Clemens (born 30 November 1989) is an Australian actress. She was nominated for a Logie Award in 2008 for her role in the television series Love My Way. In 2012, she played Valentine Wannop in BBC's novel adaptation Parade's End, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch. Clemens has also appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Great Gatsby, and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (as Heather Mason). From 2013-2016, she starred in the television series Rectify.

Early life[edit]

Clemens was born in Brisbane, Australia. The daughter of an English father, she lived as a child in Japan, France, and Hong Kong, where she attended the Hong Kong International School. When she was 12 years old, her family returned to live in Australia.[1] She attended high school at the Queenwood School for Girls, in the Sydney suburb of Balmoral.[2]


Clemens began working as an actress in Australian television while in high school. She guest-starred in a 2006 episode of Blue Water High as Juliet, and in 2007, she starred in the children's series Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji, as Alison. Clemens played Harper in the Showtime drama Love My Way that year, and was nominated for the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent at the 2008 Logie Awards for the role.[3]

Clemens was seen in the MTV Networks Australia dramatic film, Dream Life (2008), alongside Sigrid Thornton, Xavier Samuel, Linda Cropper, and Andrew McFarlane,[4] and had small roles in the television series All Saints and the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in 2009. She became the face of Jan Logan's jewellery that year.[5] Clemens relocated to Los Angeles, California in 2009.[6]

She starred in the film, Wasted on the Young (2010), as Xandrie. Written and directed by Ben C. Lucas, the film tells the story of a high school love triangle among Xandrie, Zack (Alex Russell), and Darren (Oliver Ackland), that leads to a party ending in gun violence.[7]

She guest-starred on the Fox crime drama, Lie To Me, opposite Tim Roth, and starred as a sociopathic prostitute in the film Generation Um... (2010), alongside Keanu Reeves and Bojana Novakovic.[8]

As of January 2010, Clemens was in negotiations to join the cast of Fury Road, a sequel to the Mad Max film series by George Miller.[9] The following year, she starred in the film Certainty (2011), directed by Peter Askin, based on the play Searching for Certainty by Mike O'Malley.[10] She also starred opposite Kevin Zegers and Keisha Castle-Hughes in Vampire (2011), as Ladybird, a suicidal single mother. The film was the English-language feature debut of the noted Japanese director Shunji Iwai.[11]

The next year, Clemens starred in Camilla Dickinson (2012), alongside Gregg Sulkin, Cary Elwes and Samantha Mathis. The drama was an adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's eponymous 1951 novel.[12] She portrayed teenager Heather Mason in the horror film Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012), which is based on the survival horror video game Silent Hill 3 and is a sequel to the film Silent Hill.[13] That year, Clemens also played a lead role as the young suffragette Valentine Wannop in Parade's End (2012), a television mini-series adaptation of the Ford Madox Ford tetralogy co-produced by HBO and BBC Two.[14] Clemens also appeared in the horror film, No One Lives (2012), starring Luke Evans.[15]

The year after, she appeared in the film, The Great Gatsby (2013), based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's eponymous novel. She played Catherine, the sister of Myrtle Wilson, played by Isla Fisher.[16] On television that year, Clemens also began starring as Tawney Talbot in the 2013 Sundance Channel television series, Rectify, created by Ray McKinnon.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Carnival Girl
2010 At the Tattooist Kelly Short film
2010 Wasted on the Young Xandrie
2011 Vampire Ladybird Iwai Shunji's film
2011 Certainty Deb Catalano
2012 Camilla Dickinson Camilla Dickinson Lead Role
2012 Generation Um... Mia
2012 No One Lives Emma
2012 Silent Hill: Revelation Heather / Alessa Lead Role and Duo Role
2013 Great Gatsby, TheThe Great Gatsby Catherine
2015 World Made Straight, TheThe World Made Straight Lori
2015 Automatic Hate, TheThe Automatic Hate Alexis Green
2017 Rabbit Maude Ashton Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Blue Water High Juliet Episode 2.5
2007 Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji Alison 13 episodes
2007 Love My Way Harper 8 episodes
2008 Out of the Blue Fiona Episode 1.37
2008 Dream Life Rose Movie
2009 All Saints Stephanie Episode: "Give and Take 2"
2010 Pacific, TheThe Pacific Registrar Girl Episode: "Home"
2010 Lie to Me Megan Cross Episode: "The Royal We"
2012 Parade's End Valentine Wannop Miniseries
2013–2016 Rectify Tawney Talbot Main role
2014 Parer's War Elizabeth Marie Cotter Movie


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  2. ^ Sourris, Marie-Christine (27 March 2011). "Queensland gals light up LA". The Sunday Mail. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Full list of Logie nominees". The Daily Telegraph. 7 April 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Roach, Vicky (18 August 2008). "Sigrid Thornton in new drama Dream Life". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Woolnough, Damien (4 November 2009). "Jan Logan continues to unearth fresh faces". Vogue. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Roach, Vicky (8 March 2011). "A light in the gloom". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Big-screen lessons from school of hard knocks". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 June 2010. Archived from the original on 13 June 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Loner Keanu Reeves finds himself some more company... as he gets back to the day job". Daily Mail. 23 September 2010. Archived from the original on 26 September 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (28 January 2010). ""Single Man" co-star joins "Mad Max" movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Reuters. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  10. ^ Cox, Gordon (17 March 2010). "'Certainty' heads into production". Variety. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Reid, Neil (6 June 2010). "Keisha gets teeth into vampire role". Sunday News. Retrieved 28 June 2010. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (9 November 2010). "EXCLUSIVE: Four Actors Board Madeleine L'Engle Adaptation". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 13 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  13. ^ McNary, Dave (7 March 2011). "Clemens, Harington join 'Silent Hill'". Variety. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  14. ^ "Anne Marie Duff Lands role in BBC Two/HBO miniseries 'Parade's End'". Irish Film and Television Network. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  15. ^ Graser, Marc; Sneider, Jeff (31 October 2012). "Anchor Bay acquires WWE's 'No One Lives'". Variety. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  16. ^ Gilbert, Gerard (20 September 2012). "Valentine's day: Adelaide Clemens has stolen the show in the BBC drama Parade's End". The Independent. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Sundance Channel | RECTIFY | Adelaide Clemens". Sundance Channel. Retrieved 15 February 2013. .

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