Bojana Novakovic

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Bojana Novakovic
Bojana Novakovic, Dec 2012.jpg
Novakovic at a Les Miserables premiere, Sydney, Australia, 2012
Born (1981-07-12) 12 July 1981 (age 39)
NationalitySerbian, Australian
Alma materNational Institute of Dramatic Art
Years active1994–present
RelativesValentina Novakovic (sister)

Bojana Novakovic (Serbian: Бојана Новаковић, Bojana Novaković; born 12 July 1981[1][2]) is a Serbian–Australian actress who starred in the American TV series Instinct with Alan Cumming.

Novakovic is known for her roles in films such as Devil (2010) and The Little Death (2014). She starred alongside Keanu Reeves and Adelaide Clemens in the drama Generation Um... and with Mel Gibson in the thriller Edge of Darkness. She appeared in the U.S. version of television series Shameless as Bianca.[3] She starred in the science fiction film Beyond Skyline, a sequel to Skyline in 2017.

Early life[edit]

Novakovic was born in Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia, to Serbian parents. She moved to Australia in 1988, at the age of seven. She was initially interested in becoming a social worker or doctor, but she changed her mind and decided to pursue performing arts. Novakovic studied at The McDonald College in Sydney[4] (where she was dux of 1999) and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a bachelor's degree in dramatic arts in 2002. Her younger sister Valentina is also an actress, known for playing Natasha Williams in the Australian soap opera, Neighbours.[5]


In 2003, Novakovic played Randa in the ABC mini-series Marking Time, a role which won her an AFI Award for "Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama or Comedy". As an actress, Novakovic's film credits in Australia include Blackrock (1996), Strange Fits of Passion (1998), The Monkey's Mask (1999), Thunderstruck (2004), Solo (2005) and the Serbian films Optimisti (2005) and Skinning (2010). From 2007 to 2009, she played Tippi in TV series Satisfaction for Showtime Australia. She also appeared in Drag Me to Hell (2009), Edge of Darkness (2009), Devil (2010), Burning Man (2011), and Generation Um... (2012).[6]

Her theatre credits in Australia include These People, Away and Strange Fruit at the Sydney Theatre Company; The Female of the Species at the Melbourne Theatre Company; Woyzeck (Helpmann award nomination for best supporting actress in 2009), Criminology (Green Room award nomination for best actress 2007), Eldorado (Helpmann nomination for best supporting actress, 2006) and Necessary Targets at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne, Death Variations and Loveplay (Ride On) for B Sharp, Romeo and Juliet with Bell Shakespeare Company and Debris for Ride on Theatre (which received a Green Room nomination for best Independent production and best actress in 2006).

Novakovic runs her own independent theatre company, Ride On Theatre (Sydney and Melbourne) with co-director Tanya Goldberg. She was a producer and performer for the 2004 Ride on Theatre sell out season of LOVEPLAY at the Downstairs Belvoir Street Theatre, and the 2006 Green Room nominated production of Debris (in which she was also nominated for best actress).[7]

In 2008, she translated, adapted and directed Fake Porno in Melbourne, which was invited to be part of the Powerhouse season in Brisbane in 2009, and also received three Green Room nominations including best production. Outside of Ride On, she wrote and directed with Melbourne's Black Lung Theatre for the critically acclaimed production of Sugar at the 2007 Adelaide Fringe Festival. In 2010, Novakovic received an AFI nomination for International Award for Best Actress for her role in Edge of Darkness.[8] She is currently[when?] starring in an improvised theatrical production called The Blind Date project for the Sydney Festival.[9]

Novakovic landed the part of a beautiful prostitute-turned-law-student in Fox's series, Rake, starring Greg Kinnear. The show was cancelled in May 2014. She portrayed Clare Hitchens in The Hallow,[10] a horror film set in Ireland and directed by Corin Hardy.[11]

In the episode “After Hours” of season two of Instinct, Novakovic plays a NYPD detective going undercover as an Australian. When her on screen partner suggests she needs a dialect coach, she replies in character, “My accent was perfect by the way.”

Works on Mary MacLane[edit]

Ride On's late 2011 production was The Story of Mary MacLane by Herself, based on the writings of Mary MacLane, a self-proclaimed genius and recluse from the very early 20th century in Butte, Montana. Novakovic wrote the piece with musician Tim Rogers and Tanya Goldberg as director.[citation needed] They received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts for development of the show with support from Malthouse Theatre, Merrigong Theatre Co. and Griffin Theatre Company, as well as production funding from Art NSW. A comprehensive MacLane anthology – Human Days: A Mary MacLane Reader – debuted in Australia with a Foreword by Novakovic in late November 2011. The second volume, A Quite Unusual Intensity of Life: A Mary MacLane Companion, also issued under the Petrarca Press logo, is to be published in 2015. The two volumes will total more than 1200 pages.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Blackrock Tracy Warner
1999 Strange Fits of Passion Jaya
2000 The Monkey's Mask Tianna
2004 Thunderstruck Anna
2006 Solo Billie Finn
2006 The Optimists Marina
2008 Seven Pounds Julie
2009 Drag Me to Hell Ilenka Ganush
2010 Edge of Darkness Emma Craven
2010 Devil Sarah Caraway
2010 Skinning Mina
2011 Burning Man Sarah
2012 Not Suitable for Children Ava
2012 The King Is Dead! Therese
2012 Generation Um... Violet
2014 The Little Death Maeve
2015 The Hallow Clare Hitchens
2017 I, Tonya Dody Teachman
2017 Beyond Skyline Audrey
2018 Malicious Lisa [12]
2020 Birds of Prey Erika Manson


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Heartbreak High Tasha Episode: "6.29"
1998–1999 Wildside Vildana Asimovic Episodes: "1.29", "2.19"
1999 Big Sky Leisa Episode: "Desperate Measures"
1999 Murder Call Sophie Misfud Episode: "Bad Business"
1999 All Saints Rachel Carpenter Episode: "Ghosts of Christmas Past"
2000 Water Rats Sarah Schreiber Episode: "A Day to Remember (Break Your Heart)"
2003 Marking Time Randa TV miniseries
2004–2005 The Cooks Raffa Main role
2006 BlackJack: At the Gates Nikki TV film
2007–2009 Satisfaction Tippi Main role (seasons 1–2)
2014 Rake Michaela 'Mikki' Partridge Main role
2015 Casanova Madame de Pompadour TV film
2015 Agatha Agatha TV film
2015–2016 Shameless Bianca Samson Recurring role (season 5)
2016 Westworld Marti Episode: "The Stray"
2018–2019 Instinct Det. Lizzie Needham Main role[13]
2020 Operation Buffalo (2020 Series) ABC Drama Molly

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Work
2004 Australian Film Institute Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama or Comedy Won Marking Time
2008 Astra Awards Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female Nominated Satisfaction
2010 Australian Film Institute Best Actress Nominated Edge of Darkness
2012 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actress – Leading Role Nominated Burning Man


  1. ^ Bojana Novakovic on Twitter: "my birthdate on Wiki is incorrect. I am actually July 12th. But they won't correct it!". 29 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Cosmopolitan - AAA - Bojana Novaković". Cosmopolitan Serbia. 2010.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Valentina Novakovic". Network Ten. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Sundance 2015: IFC Midnight Investigates The Hallow". Dread Central.
  7. ^ "Bojana Novakovic". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  8. ^ Knox, David (27 October 2010). "2010 AFI Awards: Nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  9. ^ "The Blind Date Project".
  10. ^ "'The Hallow' Sells HUGE Out of Sundance -".
  11. ^ "[Sundance '15] Dog Lovers Avoid This 'The Hallow' Clip... -".
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  13. ^ Surette, Tim (6 January 2018). "Instinct's Gay Male Lead Is a Big Deal for CBS and Television, But Not to the Show". TV Guide (CBS Interactive Inc). Retrieved 9 February 2018.

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