25 October 1975 |
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.
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 the show’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.
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.
As of January 2013[update], 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.
|1995||Xena: Warrior Princess||Mesas||"Hooves and Harlots" (S01E10)|
|1996||Xena: Warrior Princess||David||"The Giant Killer" (S02E03)|
|2000-2002||Shortland Street||Stratford Wilson||Guest role, unknown episodes|
|2001-2003||Mercy Peak||Todd Van der Velter||Series regular|
|2005-2010||Outrageous Fortune||Jethro West / Van West||Main role|
|2011||Rush||Charlie Lewis||Main role|
|2012||Tricky Business||Matt Sloane||Main role|
|2013-2016||Banshee||Lucas Hood||Main role|
|2003||Terror Peak||Jason||TV movie|
|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||TV movie|
|2005||The World's Fastest Indian||Jeff|
|2010||After the Waterfall||John Drean|
|2010||Spies and Lies||Sydney Ross|
|2012||Wish You Were Here||Jeremy King|
Awards and nominations
|2006||Air New Zealand Screen Awards||Performance by an Actor||Outrageous Fortune||Nominated|
|2007||Air New Zealand Screen Awards||Best Actor in a TV Drama||Outrageous Fortune (S03E07)||Won|
|2007||NZ TV Guide Best on the Box People's Choice Awards||Best Actor||Outrageous Fortune||Won|
|2008||Qantas Film and Television Awards||Performance by an Actor in General Television||Outrageous Fortune||Won|
|2009||Qantas Film and Television Awards||Performance by an Actor in General Television||Outrageous Fortune||Nominated|
|2011||Aotearoa Film & Television Awards||Best Performance by an Actor||Spies And Lies||Nominated|
|2011||Aotearoa Film & Television Awards||Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film||After the Waterfall||Nominated|
|2012||Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Wish You Were Here||Won|
|2012||Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Wish You Were Here||Won|