Antony Starr

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Antony Starr
Antony Starr (cropped).jpg
Starr in 2012
Born (1975-10-25) 25 October 1975 (age 44)
OccupationActor
Years active1995–present

Antony Starr (born 25 October 1975) is a New Zealand actor best known for his dual role as twins Jethro and Van West in New Zealand's hit comedy/drama Outrageous Fortune and Billy Newwood in Without a Paddle. He was the series lead, Lucas Hood, in the four season run of Banshee. Starr is part of the main cast of Amazon Prime Video’s original series The Boys, which is based on the comic book series of the same name, playing the superhero Homelander.

Career[edit]

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.

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 because of 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 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 feature film In My Father's Den. 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[2] and Sex with Strangers directed by Colin Mitchell at the Herald Theatre.[3]

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.[4] He will also have a role in the second series of Lowdown.

From 2013 - 2016, Starr starred in the television series, Banshee, his first role on U.S. television. He played 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".[5] The show's fourth and final season began in April 2016. Also in 2016, Starr portrayed main character Garrett Hawthorne on the CBS crime/mystery series American Gothic.

In January 2018, it was announced that Starr was cast as The Homelander in The Boys, Amazon Studios adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic book of the same name.[6] The series was released in July 2019 and renewed for a second season.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
In My Father's Den 2004 Gareth
Without a Paddle 2004 Billy Newwood
The World's Fastest Indian 2005 Jeff
No. 2 2006 Shelly
After the Waterfall 2010 John Drean Nominated — New Zealand Film and TV Award for Best Performance in a Leading Role in Film (2011)
Wish You Were Here 2012 Jeremy King AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (2013)
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (2013)
Nominated – Australian Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (2013)

Television[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Xena: Warrior Princess 1995 Mesas Episode: "Hooves and Harlots"
Xena: Warrior Princess 1996 David Episode: "The Giant Killer"
Shortland Street 2000–02 Stratford Wilson Guest role
Street Legal 2000 Darren
Mercy Peak 2001–03 Todd Van der Velter Recurring role (21 episodes)
Terror Peak 2003 Jason Television film
Hard Out 2003 Stevo
Skin & Bone 2003 Seymour Collins Lead role, Television film
Serial Killers 2004 Dean Crocker 1 episode
Not Only But Always 2004 LA Cab Driver Television film
Outrageous Fortune 2005–10 Jethro West / Van West Main role
Qantas Television Award for Best Actor in a TV Drama (2005)
Nominated — New Zealand Screen Award for Television – Best Performance by an Actor (2006)
Nominated – New Zealand Film and TV Award for Best Performance by an Actor – General Television (2009)
The Jaquie Brown Diaries 2008 Himself 1 episode: "Brown Love"
Spies and Lies 2010 Sydney Ross Television film
Nominated — New Zealand Film and TV Award for Best Performance by an Actor (2011)
Rush 2011 Charlie Lewis Main role (season 4)
Bliss 2011 Tom Mills Television film
Tricky Business 2012 Matt Sloane Main role
Lowdown 2012 Stuart King 5 episodes
Banshee 2013–16 Lucas Hood Lead role
American Gothic 2016 Garrett Hawthorne Main role
The Boys 2019 The Homelander Main Role
Key
Television series that have not yet been aired Denotes television series that have not yet been aired

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coleman, James (November 2010). "The rise and rise of Antony Starr". NZonscreen. NZ on Air. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  2. ^ Huse, Shannon (June 27, 2004). "Closer at SiLo theatre to July 10". The New Zealand Herald.
  3. ^ Christian, Dionne (December 6, 2005). "Enjoying more sex with strangers". The New Zealand Herald.
  4. ^ Antony Starr Channel Ten
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 12, 2012). "Cinemax's Alan Ball-Produced New Series 'Banshee' Casts Antony Starr As Its Lead". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 17, 2018). "'The Boys': Antony Starr, Chace Crawford, Dominique McElligott & Jessie Usher Cast In Amazon's Superhero Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood.

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