Isabel Durant

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Isabel Durant
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Isabel Durant in 2013
Born (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 28)
Sydney, Australia
Years active2007–present

Isabel Durant (born 20 December 1991[1]), sometimes credited as Issi Durant, is an Australian actress and dancer. She is known for her roles as Grace Whitney in Dance Academy and as Ondina the mermaid in Mako: Island of Secrets.

Life and career[edit]

Durant is from Sydney, Australia. She began seriously dancing at age 15 while a student at Loreto Kirribilli.[2]

Durant appeared on and was a Top 20 finalist on the third season of So You Think You Can Dance Australia. Following her elimination from So You Think You Can Dance Australia, she went to open auditions for the teen drama series Dance Academy and was cast in the role of troublemaker Grace Whitney for the show's second season, a role she continued playing into the series' third season.[2][3] She also appeared in three episodes of American-Australian comedy-drama television series Camp which aired on NBC in 2013.

In 2014 Durant joined the cast of Mako: Island of Secrets with its second season, playing mermaid Ondina,[4] staying on with the show through its third season.[5]


Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance Miss Elizabeth's Dance Troupe Film
2010 So You Think You Can Dance Australia Herself Contestant (season 3); as Issi Durant
2012–2013 Dance Academy Grace Whitney Main role (seasons 2–3), 39 episodes;
credited as Issi Durant during season 2
2013 Reef Doctors Emma Episodes 1.3, 1.12
2013 Camp Deanna Episodes: "Capture the Flag", "The Mixer", "CIT Overnight"
2015–2016 Mako: Island of Secrets Ondina Main role
2017 This is Us Kelly Episode: "Number One"
2018 Life Itself Shari Dickstein Film


  1. ^ Durant, Isabel (20 December 2018). "m u m 🖤 | . . . . . . . thank you for being brave enough to bring me into this world 27 years ago". Retrieved 10 April 2019 – via Instagram.
  2. ^ a b Renata Ogayar (July 2013). "Dance Academy' star Isabel Durant". Dance Informa Australia.
  3. ^ Amy Edwards (8 February 2011). "Dance Academy for local dancer". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 14 February 2016. The second series of Dance Academy, which is due to air next year, will introduce two new characters, including a former Royal Ballet School of London student who stirs trouble, played by So You Think You Can Dance’s Issi Durant.
  4. ^ Natalie Bochenski (24 April 2014). "Mako: Island of Secrets takes Queensland to the world". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Mermaid's Tale Double Take For Heine". The Gold Coast Bulletin. 18 July 2015. p. 2.

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