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Alycia Debnam-Carey
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Debnam-Carey at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con
Alycia Jasmin Debnam-Carey

(1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 28)[1]
OccupationActress and director
Years active2003–present
Notable work

Alycia Jasmin Debnam-Carey (born 20 July 1993[1]) is an Australian actress and director. She has portrayed the characters Commander (Heda) Lexa on The CW science fiction television series The 100 (2014–2016; 2020)[2] and Alicia Clark on the AMC horror drama television series Fear the Walking Dead (2015–present).[3]

Debnam-Carey has also starred in the films Into the Storm (2014)[4] and The Devil's Hand (2014),[5] and Friend Request (2016).[6] She has also appeared in the television series McLeod's Daughters,[7] Dream Life,[8] and Next Stop Hollywood.[4]

Early life[edit]

In 2011, Debnam-Carey graduated from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, where she was a percussionist. In 2010, in partnership with the Berlin Philharmonic, she and around 40 other musicians worked together and composed a piece in a two-week program.[9] Debnam-Carey also studied for ten years in classical percussion and has said that she almost went to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, but decided that it wasn't what she actually wanted to do.[10][11] In her last year of school, Debnam-Carey took her High-School Certificate exams and managed to get top band (the HSC results are divided with 1 being lowest, 6 being highest) in six of her courses. These included English Advanced, English Extension 1, Drama, Modern History, Music 2 and Visual Arts.[12] Debnam-Carey also received the Premier's award for receiving a score of 90 in 6 subjects.[13]


2003–2011: Career beginnings[edit]

Alycia Debnam-Carey started acting at the age of 8. In 2003, she co-starred in Rachel Ward's award-winning short-feature film Martha's New Coat.[14] Later, Debnam-Carey guest-starred in Australian drama series McLeod's Daughters. In 2008, she appeared in television film Dream Life and short film Jigsaw Girl. Debnam-Carey also showed up in the other short films At the Tattooist and The Branch. In 2010, she co-starred in the unsold pilot Resistance[15] and guest-starred in the Australian drama series, Dance Academy.

2012–2013: Los Angeles and Next Stop Hollywood[edit]

Debnam-Carey began to make her mark in Hollywood at the age of 18 when she traveled to the U.S. for the first time. She starred as the youngest cast member in Next Stop Hollywood, a six-part documentary that followed six Australian actors as they competed for roles during the U.S. TV pilot season. Her mother, Leone Carey, a television writer, accompanied Debnam-Carey on her journey.[16]

Just after two weeks in Hollywood, Debnam-Carey auditioned for the role of Carrie Bradshaw for the new CW series The Carrie Diaries and was asked to audition for an independent feature film, a thriller set in the Amish community. After two more weeks in Hollywood, Debnam-Carey had landed on the shortlist for The Carrie Diaries and had been offered a lead role in a feature film, The Devil's Hand, then known as The Occult, and the next week left Hollywood to meet a film director in Canada. In the sixth and final week in Hollywood, Debnam-Carey started filming The Devil's Hand in North Carolina. In the end, Debnam-Carey lost the role of Carrie in The Carrie Diaries to actress AnnaSophia Robb. The documentary aired in 2013 on ABC1 in Australia.

While staying in LA, Debnam-Carey became a Heath Ledger Scholarship Finalist in July 2012.[17]

2014–present: Breakthrough, The 100 and Fear the Walking Dead[edit]

Debnam-Carey at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International

In 2014, Debnam-Carey co-starred in American disaster film Into the Storm.[4] Following The Devil's Hand, Debnam-Carey was cast in a series pilot called Galyntine for AMC, alongside Laura Harrier,[18][19] though AMC ultimately opted not to take the pilot to series.[20] Debnam-Carey also made an appearance in Made in Hollywood in the same year.

Debnam-Carey guest-starred in season two of CW's The 100, first appearing in episode six as Commander Lexa, a powerful leader of thirteen clans. She became one of the fan favorites. At San Diego Comic-Con International 2015, it was confirmed by the show's creator Jason Rothenberg that Debnam-Carey would be returning to the show's third season in a recurring role.[21] In 2020, Debnam-Carey returned as a special guest star for the series finale of the 100 portraying a being known as a judge who assumed Lexa's form to communicate.

In December 2014, the first four lead roles of The Walking Dead companion series Fear the Walking Dead were cast, including Debnam-Carey as Alicia.[22] The first photos of Debnam-Carey on set showed up after production began on the remaining five first-season episodes on 11 May 2015, in Vancouver. Production for the show in Canada concluded at the end of June 2015 and finished in July 2015 in Los Angeles. Fear the Walking Dead debuted on 23 August,[23] 2015 and was ordered for 2 seasons.[24] At the Television Critics Association Press Tour, it was announced that AMC ordered 15 episodes for season 2.[25] On 15 April 2016, AMC announced the series had been renewed for a 16-episode third season to air in 2017. On 27 August 2015, Debnam-Carey made her first talk show appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! while promoting the series.

Debnam-Carey also appeared in the lead role of Laura in the German thriller Friend Request, originally named Unfriend. The film was originally scheduled to be released in 2015, but was eventually released in Germany on 7 January 2016.[26]

On 19 October 2017, it was announced that Debnam-Carey has been cast in a crime thriller A Violent Separation. Debnam-Carey played Frances Campbell, younger sister of the victim. The film was released in May 2019.

She made her debut behind the camera as a director in 2021 by directing an episode of AMC Fear the Walking Dead.


Debnam-Carey in July 2019.


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Martha's New Coat Elsie
2014 Into the Storm Kaitlyn Johnston
2014 The Devil's Hand Mary Direct-to-video film
2016 Friend Request Laura Woodson
2019 A Violent Separation Frances Campbell
TBA Liked Roxy Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 McLeod's Daughters Chloe Sanderson Episode: "Second Best"
2008 Dream Life Cassie Television film
2008 Resistance Genevieve "Gen" Leone Unsold television pilot
2010 Dance Academy Mia Episode: "Perfection"
2014 Galyntine Essin Unsold television pilot
2014–2016; 2020 The 100 Lexa
The Judge (in the body of Lexa)
Recurring role (seasons 2–3); 16 episodes
Special appearance (season 7); 1 episode
2015–present Fear the Walking Dead Alicia Clark Main cast and director

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2010 Eli Mailer Daemon / Lincoln Davis
2011 She's Like a Comet Jebediah

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Awards Category Result Ref
2015 The 100 MTV Fandom Awards Ship of the Year (shared with Eliza Taylor) Runner-up [27]
2016 The 100 MTV Fandom Awards Fan Freakout of the Year Won [28]
Ship of the Year (shared with Eliza Taylor) Runner-up [27]
Best Fandom (shared with the cast) Nominated [27]
2017 Fear the Walking Dead Saturn Awards Best Younger Actor on a Television Series Nominated [29]
2018 Fear the Walking Dead Saturn Awards Best Younger Actor on a Television Series Nominated [30]


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  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (1 December 2014). "Frank Dillane & Alycia Debnam Carey Cast In 'The Walking Dead' Companion Seriess". Deadline. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Miller, Gregory E. (3 August 2014). "Alycia Debnam-Carey blows in with 'Into The Storm'". New York Post. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Berlin: CMG Picks Up LD's Horror Pic 'Where The Devil Hides'". Deadline. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
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  8. ^ "Porchlight commences Dream Life". If Magazine. 13 August 2008. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
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  12. ^ "2011 HSC Distinguished Achievers". New South Wales: Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Annual School Report" (PDF). Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  14. ^ Stratton, David (1 August 2003). "Review: 'Martha's New Coat'". Variety. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  15. ^ Sloan, Sam (8 October 2008). "Nicholas Hope Joins the Resistance — Australian Star to Take Major Role in Feature & Series". Slice of SciFi. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Next Stop Hollywood - Characters - ABC TV". Australia: ABC.
  17. ^ "Australians in Film Heath Ledger scholarship finalists announced".
  18. ^ Lee, Jinnie. "Actress Model Laura Harrier - Ann Taylor Fall 2014". Refinery29. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  19. ^ Kroll, Justin (14 July 2014). "AMC Pilot 'Galyntine' Gets Two New Cast Members". Variety. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  20. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (31 October 2014). "AMC Passes on Drama Pilots 'Knifeman,' 'Galyntine'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  21. ^ "The 100 Writers Room on Twitter". Twitter.
  22. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (23 December 2014). "Kim Dickens To Star In AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Companion Series". Deadline. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  23. ^ "'Fear the Walking Dead' Gets New Trailer, Premiere Date at Comic-Con". 10 July 2015.
  24. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (9 March 2015). "'The Walking Dead' Companion Series Gets 2-Season Pickup By AMC". Deadline. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  25. ^ Patten, Dominic (31 July 2015). "'Fear The Walking Dead' Producer Teases Link To 'Walking Dead' As Season 2 Episode Order Set – TCA". Deadline.
  26. ^ "Friend Request Project Details". Wiedemann & Berg Film. Wiedemann & Berg Film. Archived from the original on 19 December 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  27. ^ a b c about the ship of the year voting
  28. ^ "Fan Freakout of the Year". MTV. 17 June 2016.
  29. ^ "The Saturn Awards and The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror". Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  30. ^ McNary, Dave (15 March 2018). "'Black Panther,' 'Walking Dead' Rule Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved 15 March 2018.

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