Rhys Wakefield

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Rhys Wakefield
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Wakefield at Tropfest, 2013
Born (1988-11-20) 20 November 1988 (age 28)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 2000–present

Rhys Wakefield (born 20 November 1988) is an Australian film/television actor and director, best known as Thomas Mollison in the 2008 film The Black Balloon,[1] as Lucas Holden[2] on Home and Away, the Polite Leader in The Purge and Josh McGuire in James Cameron's 2011 thriller/drama Sanctum.

Life and career[edit]

Wakefield was born in Cairns, Queensland, to a medical standards officer mother and a father who serves in the navy.[3] Before appearing as Lucas in Home and Away, Wakefield had been acting for more than six years. He attended classes at McDonald College of Performing Arts where he won an acting scholarship in 2003.[4] As well as performing in a number of school productions he appeared in numerous Shakespeare festivals and has worked with Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet.[2]

Aside from attending McDonald College he attended an acting course at the Zenith Theatre in 2003. Wakefield finished Year 12 at McDonald College of Performing Arts in 2006.[5]

His first professional acting role was an uncredited appearance in the film Bootmen in 2000. This was later followed by a television appearance playing Brad, a guest star in the 2001 series Don't Blame Me for which he appeared in two episodes, Best Foot Forward and The Dingo Made Me Do It. Wakefield played his first leading role in a feature film in The Black Balloon as Thomas Mollison which led to a nomination for Best Actor in a Feature Film by the Australian Film Institute and the Australian Film Critics Circle.[citation needed]

The film opened on 6 March 2008 in Australia after premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, where it received a Crystal Bear as the best feature-length film in the Generation 14plus category.[6]

Wakefield co-wrote and directed the short film A Man Walks Into a Bar which was a finalist at the 2013 Tropfest International Short Film Festival in Sydney.[7] His screenplay, entitled Please Close the Gate was a feature finalist at the 2016 Cinequest Film Festival Screenwriting competition[8] and was officially selected for the Beverly Hills Film festival that same year.[9]

Deadline.com recently announced that Wakefield will make his directorial debut with the feature film Untitled Hollywood Hills Project, starring Nick Cannon. Wakefield wrote the script which he developed with producer William Day Frank. Principal photography is scheduled for early 2017.[10]

Home and Away[edit]

In August 2005, Wakefield got his first regular TV role playing Lucas Holden in the long running Australian Soap opera Home and Away. His character was the youngest child of the Holden family until his dad Tony and stepmother Rachel had his baby brother Harry. His performance in series led to a Logie Nomination for the Best New Talent in 2006. During his time on the show he was involved in a controversial storyline which led the Australian broadcasting regulator (ACMA) to conclude that scenes had breached the Australian broadcasting code, a finding which was responsible for the series being re-classified as PG.[11]



Title Year Role Awards Notes
Bootmen 2000 Dancing kid
Black Balloon, TheThe Black Balloon 2008 Thomas Mollison Nominated — AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Broken Hill 2009 Scott Price
Sanctum 2011 Josh McGuire
Nobody Walks 2012 David
The Purge 2013 Polite Leader Fright Meter Award for Best Supporting Actor
+1 2013 David
After the Dark 2013 James
Endless Love 2014 Keith Butterfield
Echoes of War 2015
Cardboard Boxer 2015 J.J.
Paint it Black 2016 Post-production
Untitled Hollywood Hills Project 2017 Director, Writer


Title Year Role Notes
Don't Blame Me 2002 Brad Episodes 11 & 12
Home and Away 2005–08 Lucas Holden Regular role
'Rita' 2013

Short films[edit]

Title Year Role
"Actor Prepares, AnAn Actor Prepares" 2006 Himself
"Mirror, TheThe Mirror" 2008
"Clearing the Air" 2008 David
"Scent" 2009 Dan
"A Man Walks Into a Bar" 2013 Man, director


  1. ^ "Black Balloon". Australian Film Commission. Retrieved 3 February 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Rhys Wakefield profile". Home and Away Official Site. Retrieved 3 February 2007. 
  3. ^ "Rhys Wakefield". Mattmueller.co.uk. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Matrics Management website". Retrieved 3 February 2007. 
  5. ^ "Rhys Wakefield (Year 12 – 2006)". The McDonald College website. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 20 October 2007. 
  6. ^ Staff. "Berlin Film Festival – Awards & Prizes" (in German). Retrieved 16 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Tropfest International Short Film Festival-2013". Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Cinequest Screenplay Submissions". Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Cinequest Film Festival-2016". Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Hollywood Hills Project". Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "'Home and Away' rapped by regulator". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 October 2007. 

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