Alin Sumarwata

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Alin Sumarwata
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Don Hany (2011–)
Children 1

Alin Sumarwata is an Australian actress.[1] She is best known for her role in the Australian soap opera Neighbours as Vanessa Villante. She has also starred in series 2 of the critically acclaimed East West 101 and played the role of May Stone in soap opera Home and Away.

Early life[edit]

Sumarwata is of Indonesian and Iranian descent. She was born in Tehran, Iran. She moved to Australia with her family at the age of seven. She went to Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. She graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws. During her studies she took a break and went to Jakarta to star in an Indonesian television Soap opera "Kenapa Ada Cinta".


In 2009, Sumarwata starred as Yasmin Van Koors in the mini-series, False Witness.[2] She joined the cast of Home and Away in the recurring role of May Stone, before moving onto roles in Rescue Special Ops and East West 101.[3][4] The actress also filmed a role as Isabella Fortino in short film, Dark Horse. For her portrayal of Isabella, Sumarwata won the "Best Female Actor in a Short Film" award at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.[5]

The following year, Sumarwata appeared in Sea Patrol and Tangle.[6][7] On 5 December 2011, it was announced Sumarwata had joined the cast of Neighbours in the regular role of Vanessa Villante.[6] Sumarwata and her family relocated from Sydney to Melbourne, so she could film her scenes.[8]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to actor Don Hany. They have a daughter named Tilda, who was born in 2011.[7][9]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Soul Traces: The Introduction Clara Woods TV movie
2005 The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant Nani
2007 Death's Requiem Sarah Short film
2008 The Terrorist Short film
2008 Octopus Jane Short film
2009 False Witness Yasmin Van Koors Also known as The Diplomat
2009 Home and Away May Stone
2009 Rescue Special Ops Brooke Henley
2009 East West 101 Sophia Angleton
2009 Dark Horse Isabella Fortino Short film
2010 Sea Patrol Sylvanna Gorski
2010 Tangle Julie Episode: "Sleepwalking"
2011 Burning Man Nurse Film
2012–13, 2015 Neighbours Vanessa Villante Regular role
2015 Mary: The Making of a Princess Princess Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg TV movie


  1. ^ "Trouble brews for new Neighbour". Press Association. 6 December 2011. Archived from the original on 6 December 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (23 January 2009). "Chases, Gunplay and Terrorism, Without the Familiar Landmarks". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Season One, Episode One - "Blue Mountains"". Ninemsn. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "East West 101 - The characters". Knapman Wyld Television Pty. Ltd. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "MUFF rewards Joseph Sim's Bad Behaviour". Encore Magazine. Focal Attractions. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Kilkelly, Daniel (5 December 2011). "'Neighbours' casts new female regular Vanessa". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "New chef to become a famous neighbour". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Neighbours newcomer set to cook up a storm". Channel 5. Northern & Shell. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Kenapa Ada Cinta - Tabloid Nova

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