Samara Weaving

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Samara Weaving
Samara Weaving 2015 (cropped).jpg
Weaving at the InStyle Awards in 2015
Born (1992-02-23) 23 February 1992 (age 27)
Adelaide, Australia
OccupationActress, model
Years active2008–present
RelativesHugo Weaving (uncle)

Samara Weaving (born 23 February 1992) is an Australian actress and model. She began her acting career on the television series Out of the Blue (2008) and came to further prominence with her portrayal of Indi Walker in the Australian soap opera Home and Away (2009–2013). Weaving has since appeared in starring roles in the series SMILF (2017–2019) and Picnic at Hanging Rock (2018) and the films The Babysitter (2017), Mayhem (2017), and Ready or Not (2019).

Early life[edit]

Weaving was born in Adelaide, but grew up in Singapore, Fiji and Indonesia.[1] Her father, Simon Weaving, is a filmmaker and the artistic director of the Canberra International Film Festival. Her mother, Helena Bezzina, is Maltese.[2] Her younger sister Morgan is also an actress, and their uncle is film and theatre actor Hugo Weaving.[1][3] Weaving and her family moved to Canberra in 2005 and she attended Canberra Girls Grammar School.[4] She became drama captain and appeared in various school and theatre productions.[4]


Weaving's first major acting role was Kirsten Mulroney in the 2008 Australian-UK soap opera Out of the Blue. It was not commissioned for a second season.[5] In 2009, Weaving was cast as Indigo "Indi" Walker in the Australian soap opera Home and Away. She initially appeared for five weeks in a recurring capacity.[6] Weaving reprised the role the following year after producers brought her and her on-screen family back as part of the main cast.[5] She relocated from Canberra to Sydney for filming.[4]

For her portrayal of Indi, Weaving received a nomination for the Audience Choice Award for Best Female Performance in a Television Drama at the 1st AACTA Awards in 2012.[7] In July 2013, Weaving confirmed that she had filmed her last scenes for Home and Away.[8] The actress felt that with the show's international success, it was the right time to pursue new roles.[8] That same year, she appeared in the crime film Mystery Road, alongside her uncle Hugo Weaving.[9] Weaving had a recurring role as Heather in the first season of Ash vs Evil Dead in 2015.[10] She also made a guest appearance in the online series Squirrel Boys.[11]

Weaving began modelling for Australian underwear brand Bonds from 2012. During the company's first 2014 campaign, she appeared alongside surfer Owen Wright.[12]

In 2016, Weaving appeared in the action comedy Monster Trucks as Brianne. She was cast in the role during her first trip to Los Angeles in 2014.[13] The following year, she starred alongside actor Steven Yeun in the action comedy-thriller Mayhem,[14] and as the title character in the comedy-horror film The Babysitter, which was released in October.[15] She also had a role in the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as the young girlfriend of John Hawkes' character,[16] and appeared in the music video for Charlie Puth's song "Attention".[17]

From 2017 to 2019, she played Nelson Rose in the Showtime series SMILF, alongside series creator Frankie Shaw.[16] In December 2018, it was announced that Weaving was leaving the show after the second season.[18] Weaving asked to be released from her contract, after making a complaint about having to perform a nude sex scene. Daniel Holloway of Variety reported that Weaving felt uncomfortable by Shaw's behaviour during a similar scene in season one, leading to an investigation of alleged misconduct by Shaw. The investigation found that there was no wrongdoing on Shaw's part.[18]

In 2018, Weaving appeared in the Picnic at Hanging Rock miniseries as one of three students who disappear during a school trip to the titular Hanging Rock.[19]

In 2019, Weaving starred in the comedic thriller Ready or Not, opposite Adam Brody, Andie MacDowell, and Mark O'Brien, and directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett for Fox Searchlight. The film and her performance received positive reviews.[20] She will next star in Jason Lei Howden's action comedy Guns Akimbo with Daniel Radcliffe,[21] and in Bill & Ted Face the Music as Thea Preston.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Weaving announced her engagement to creative producer Jimmy Warden on 10 March 2019.[23]


Weaving at the 1st AACTA Awards in 2012.
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Mystery Road Peggy
2016 Bad Girl Chloe
2016 Monster Trucks Brianne
2017 Mayhem Melanie Cross
2017 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Penelope
2017 The Babysitter Bee
2019 Ready or Not Grace
2019 Guns Akimbo Nix Filming
2020 Bill & Ted Face the Music Thea Preston Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Out of the Blue Kirsten Mulroney
2009–2013 Home and Away Indi Walker Seasons 22–26
Recurring (2009) • Main cast (2010–13)
2011 1st AACTA Awards Presenter
2015–2016 Ash vs Evil Dead Heather 3 episodes
2017–2019 SMILF Nelson Rose Main cast
2018 Picnic at Hanging Rock Irma Leopold Miniseries
Short Films/Online
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Sprung Fran Short film
2009 Steps Samara Weaving Director, writer; Video short
2014 Growing Young Minks Short film
2014 Flex off 2014 Herself Documentary
2015 He Who Has It All Serena Short film
2015 Squirrel Boys Kelly 3 episodes; Web series
2017 Attention Love Interest Charlie Puth; Music video


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