Antony Starr

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Antony Starr
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Born (1975-10-25) 25 October 1975 (age 39)
New Zealand
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present

Antony Starr (born 25 October 1975) is a New Zealand television actor best known for his dual role as twins Jethro and Van West in New Zealand's hit comedy/drama Outrageous Fortune. He is currently starring in the television series Banshee, which airs on HBO-owned Cinemax.


Starr began his professional acting career early in the 1990s with a small part in Shortland Street and guest roles in Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

Starr had a recurring role on the soap opera Shortland Street for several weeks in 2001.

In 2001, Starr was cast in Mercy Peak as Todd Van der Velter, 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. He also received a role as the brother of long running character Waverley Wilson in the soap opera Shortland Street. He appeared for several weeks as part of the write out of the Minnie Crozier character. Starr did not like the fast pace of the show and thought his performances suffered due to it.[1]

Since then, Starr'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.

Playing twins Van and Jethro West won 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 Starr 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.

During the production of the first series of Outrageous Fortune, Starr also juggled filming for Toa Fraser's debut feature, No. 2 which was released in New Zealand in early 2006. Starr’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, Starr worked on a collaborative short film with some friends.

Starr appeared on stage in the second edition of Sex with Strangers (2005). In 2004, Starr performed in two theatre productions: Closer at Auckland's Silo Theatre and Sex with Strangers directed by Colin Mitchell at the Herald Theatre.

Between filming Outrageous Fortune seasons five and six, Starr starred in feature film After the Waterfall and the telefeature Spies and Lies.

In 2011, Starr joined the cast of the Australian police drama Rush, playing Senior Sergeant Charlie Lewis.[2] He will also have a role in the second series of Lowdown.

As of January 2013, Starr is starring in the television series, Banshee, which is his first role on U.S. television. He plays an unnamed ex-con who, after 15 years in prison, assumes the identity of Lucas Hood, becoming the new Sheriff of Banshee. Trying to reconnect with his former lover, Anastasia, both learn that he "has become a distant (violent) version of the man he once was". The show's third season began in January 2015.


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Terror Peak Jason Television film
2003 Skin & Bone Seymour Collins
2004 In My Father's Den Gareth
2004 Without a Paddle Billy Newwood
2004 Not Only But Always Cab Driver Television film
2005 The World's Fastest Indian Jeff
2006 No. 2 Shelly
2010 After the Waterfall John Drean Nominated—Aotearoa Film and TV Award for Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film
2010 Spies and Lies Sydney Ross Television film
Nominated—Aotearoa Film and TV Award for Best Performance by an Actor
2012 Wish You Were Here Jeremy King AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
FCCA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Year Title Role Notes
1995-1996 Xena: Warrior Princess Mesas/David 2 episodes
2000-2002 Shortland Street Stratford Wilson Contract role
2001-2003 Mercy Peak Todd Van der Velter 21 episodes
2005-2010 Outrageous Fortune Van West/Jethro West 107 episodes
Air New Zealand Screen Award for Best Actor
New Zealand TV Guide Best on the Box Award for Best Actor (2006-2011)
Qantas Television Award for Best Actor (2005, 2007-2008)
Nominated—Qantas Television Award for Best Actor (2006)
Nominated—Air New Zealand Screen Award for Best Actor (2006)
2011 Rush Charlie Lewis 13 episodes
2012 Tricky Business Matt Sloane 13 episodes
2013- Banshee Lucas Hood 30 episodes


  1. ^ Coleman, James (November 2010). "The rise and rise of Antony Starr". NZonscreen. NZ on Air. Retrieved November 2011. 
  2. ^ Antony Starr Channel Ten

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