If TV is guilty of one thing it is in casting familiar faces.
Every Cloud Productions once conceded that Newton’s Law was originally conceived for Miriam Margolyes, as a gay, Jewish solicitor, but ABC wanted broad appeal and the show finished up with Claudia Karvan (no disrespect, she is top talent).
But if we are to break a few barriers then casting directors, producers and networks need to take more risks.
Some shows recently have taken some real risks with principal roles and uncovered some new faces: Sunshine, Sisters, Cleverman, 800 Words, Wanted, Friday on my Mind, Pulse.
In no particular order, here are a few other faces we’d like to see more of…
Katrina Milosevic (pictured top)
Is there nothing Wentworth‘s “Boomer” can’t handle? From comedic to dramatic scenes (sometimes at the same time) she delivers with utter conviction. Originally cast in a minor role is it any wonder producers brought her to the fore alongside marquee names? Time to break out into a star vehicle.
Chameleon actor seen most recently in Riot and Seven Types of Ambiguity, Xavier’s talent have also been recognised in the US by The Twilight Saga. But commercial TV is yet to give him a lead.
A superb performance as villainess Regina Bligh in A Place to Call Home, proving to be the narrative backbone of an entire season. A star in waiting.
If you’ve ever seen her work on Puberty Blues or Top of the Lake you will know the truth which Prior delivers. Australia needs more Prior please.
A dynamite performance in the most recent Wolf Creek. This former Home and Away actress stepped up to the plate in an action role.
Mark Coles Smith
Soon to appear in Picnic at Hanging Rock, there is a quiet strength to this young man’s work, no doubt thanks to his roots growing up on a cattle station in Broome.
Once Family Law wraps it’s final season what next for this spirited performer? Her own comedy we hope.
You know her laugh-out-loud comedy from Mad as Hell. But who is writing a narrative comedy for her please?
….and a special mention for Chris Van Ingen, an actor living with cerebral palsy whose performance in Barracuda reminded us that authenticity brings out the best. Casting directors take note.