Saskia Hampele is an Australian actress. She began her acting career in 1997 when she appeared in The Gift. Hampele worked as a counselor at The Reach Foundation and the Royal Children's Hospital, while pursuing her acting career. She appeared in the 2008 mockumentary Mark Loves Sharon and the two feature films Arctic Blast and Blame in 2010. The following year, Hampele made a guest appearance in City Homicide and began starring in an online series called Shutterbugs. Hampele appeared in the film 6 Plots, and joined the cast of soap opera Neighbours as Georgia Brooks in 2012. She left the show in 2015.
Early and personal life
Hampele was born in Perth. While her main focus is acting, she also writes her own songs and plays the guitar and piano. Hampele's mother is a musician and she revealed that she had access to "every instrument under the sun" when she was younger. She stated that she would like to make a solo record in the future. Hampele's hobbies include cooking and travelling. Hampele is married to television presenter Kayne Tremills.
Hampele began her acting career in 1997, while she was in primary school. She appeared in children's television series The Gift as well as other local television productions. Hampele qualified as a social worker and worked as a counsellor at The Reach Foundation and the Royal Children's Hospital cancer ward, while continuing with her acting career. Hampele told Gary Dudak of Mandatory.com "The psychology aspect of my studies has actually been a massive help when it comes to analyzing and exploring new characters, so even though I'm not using my degree directly anymore, it's still really helpful." Hampele's next television role occurred in 2008 when she appeared as Beth in the six-part mockumentary, Mark Loves Sharon.
Hampele appeared in two Australian feature films in 2010. She played Dr Zoe Quinn in Brian Trenchard-Smith's disaster film Arctic Blast. She then appeared as Alice in Blame, which was shown at the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. 2011 saw Hampele appear in a supporting role in crime drama City Homicide. The actress also became involved in an online comedy Shutterbugs. The series, which focuses on a photographer and her best friend trying to get the perfect shot, was showcased at the LAWebFest in Los Angeles.
In 2012, Hampele starred in the film 6 Plots as Sophie Halms, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. On 1 August 2012, it was announced Hampele had joined the cast of Neighbours in the regular role of Georgia Brooks, the cousin of established character Toadfish Rebecchi (Ryan Moloney). Hampele revealed that when her agent called to tell her about the role, she was in the Kakadu National Park with her boyfriend. She was then asked to record an "impromptu" audition tape to send to the Neighbours producers. Hampele commented "Yeah, it was really funny. The backdrop of the audition is outback Australia, a far cry from Ramsay Street." Hampele made her first screen appearance as Georgia in October. Hampele left Neighbours in early 2015 to move to Los Angeles and pursue new acting opportunities. She made a brief return in 2016.
Hampele appears in the 2017 film A Few Less Men. In the same year, she launched Gift Box, a initiative that provides homeless women with sanitary products. A crowd funding campaign raised $45,000 to start up the enterprise.
|1997||The Gift||School Girl|
|2008||Mark Loves Sharon||Beth|
|2008||The Countdown||Natalie||Short film|
|2009||Döbereiner's Lamp||Susie||Short film|
|2010||Arctic Blast||Zoe Quinn|
|2011||City Homicide||Tahnee Majors|
|2012||6 Plots||Sophie Halms|
|2012–15, 2016||Neighbours||Georgia Brooks||Regular role|
|2017||A Few Less Men||Angie|
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