Gold Coast, Australia
|Notable works||Dance Academy,
H2O: Just Add Water
|Notable awards||Logie Award
Emmy Award nomination
Early life and family
Strauss grew up in Gold Coast, Queensland, and was educated at St Hilda's School, Trinity Lutheran College and Bond University, where she studied Film and Television. She also trained in professional ballet on the Gold Coast, before a fractured back injury forced her to change directions.
Samantha Strauss is the co-creator and head writer of the award winning 52-part ABC teen drama series Dance Academy. In 2011 the series won the Australian Logie for Most Outstanding Children's Drama and was nominated for an International Emmy Award in the Children and Young People category.
Samantha has been commissioned to write B Model—a feature film produced by Louise Smith and Rachel Griffiths, with Griffiths slated to direct. Based on the novel by Miranda Darling, this project is still in development.