Antony Starr

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Antony Starr
Antony Starr (cropped).jpg
Starr in 2012
Born (1975-10-25) 25 October 1975 (age 45)
Wellington, New Zealand[1]
Years active1995–present

Antony Starr (born 25 October 1975) is a New Zealand actor best known for his starring role in Amazon Prime Video's original series The Boys, which is based on the comic book series of the same name, playing the superhero Homelander. In his own country, he is best known for his dual role as twins Jethro and Van West in New Zealand's 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 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, 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 stated he did not like the fast pace of the show and thought his performances suffered because of it.[2]

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[3] and Sex with Strangers directed by Colin Mitchell at the Herald Theatre.[4]

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.[5] 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".[6] 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 the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic book of the same name.[7] Season one was released in July 2019 and season two debuted in September 2020. The series has been renewed for a third season.[8] In the series, he appears to be greatly enjoying playing opposite Karl Urban, another of New Zealand's actor exports. "We've got an American show with a Kiwi playing an all-American hero psychopath and another Kiwi playing an Englishman. It's a pretty bizarre mix-up" said Starr. [9]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 In My Father's Den Gareth
Without a Paddle Billy Newwood
2005 The World's Fastest Indian Jeff
2006 No. 2 Shelly
2010 After the Waterfall John Drean
2012 Wish You Were Here Jeremy King
2019 Gutterbee Mike Dankworth McCoid
TBA Cobweb Mark


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Xena: Warrior Princess Mesas Episode: "Hooves and Harlots"
1996 David Episode: "The Giant Killer"
2000–2002 Shortland Street Stratford Wilson Guest role
2000 Street Legal Darren
2001–2003 Mercy Peak Todd Van der Velter Recurring role (21 episodes)
2003 Terror Peak Jason
Hard Out Stevo
Skin & Bone Seymour Collins Lead role, Television film
2004 Serial Killers Dean Crocker 1 episode
Not Only But Always LA Cab Driver Television film
2005–2010 Outrageous Fortune Jethro West / Van West Main role
2008 The Jaquie Brown Diaries Himself 1 episode: "Brown Love"
2010 Spies and Lies Sydney Ross Television film
2011 Rush Charlie Lewis Main role (season 4)
Bliss Tom Mills Television film
2012 Tricky Business Matt Sloane Main role
Lowdown Stuart King 5 episodes
2013–2016 Banshee Lucas Hood Lead role, 38 episodes
2013–2014 Banshee Origins Two-part television film
2016 American Gothic Garrett Hawthorne Main role
2019–present The Boys John / The Homelander Main role, 16 episodes
2020 Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun Stray Man Episode: "Housemates" (as Anthony Starr)

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 Won
2007 NZ TV Guide Best on the Box People's Choice Awards Best Actor Won
2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards Performance by an Actor in General Television Won
2009 Qantas Film and Television Awards Performance by an Actor in General Television Nominated
2011 Aotearoa Film & Television Awards Best Performance by an Actor Spies And Lies Nominated
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
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Won
2021 Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Actor in a Superhero Series The Boys Won
Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Villain in a Series Won


  1. ^ Mettler, Mike (6 May 2016). "Banshee Star Antony Starr Reflects on Cult Series". Digital Trends.
  2. ^ Coleman, James (November 2010). "The rise and rise of Antony Starr". NZonscreen. NZ on Air. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Huse, Shannon (June 27, 2004). "Closer at SiLo theatre to July 10". The New Zealand Herald.
  4. ^ Christian, Dionne (December 6, 2005). "Enjoying more sex with strangers". The New Zealand Herald.
  5. ^ Antony Starr Channel Ten
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 12, 2012). "Cinemax's Alan Ball-Produced New Series 'Banshee' Casts Antony Starr As Its Lead". Deadline Hollywood.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 17, 2018). "'The Boys': Antony Starr, Chace Crawford, Dominique McElligott & Jessie Usher Cast In Amazon's Superhero Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood.
  8. ^ Turchiano, Danielle (July 23, 2020). "'The Boys' Renewed for Season 3 at Amazon, Adds After-Show". Variety.
  9. ^ Adams, Josie (September 6, 2020). "New Zealand's Antony Starr on playing an all-American monster in The Boys". The Spinoff. Retrieved October 8, 2020.

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