Aussie actors continue to make a big impact when they leave our shores. Take Luke Edward Smith, the 30-year-old with the boyish good looks, who is cutting a fine figure on the New York stage with a succession of Shakespeare roles and a number of films in the pipeline.
Roles in Romeo and Juliet and The Merchant of Venice are coming up; and the feature film To Tokyo is set for release later this year.
Born in Sydney into a family of aircraft engineers, aviators and mechanics – Luke (improbably!) caught the stage ‘bug’ at high school after auditioning for its production of The KIng and and continued on to tertiary drama school, completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts through the Wesley Institute (now Excelsia) and eventually to New York’s famous Lee Strasberg Institute.
He has gone on to study with – and then perform alongside – many famous stage and screen stars (such as Avatar’s Michelle Rodriguez, above with Luke in the short film Second Act) and taking such lead roles as the Stage Manager in Our Town and Ted in The Private Ear.
Becoming something of a Shakespeare specialist in New York, he has performed recently in King John, Macbeth, Hamlet (playing the lead), Othello, Titus Andronicus, Measure for Measure and more!
Luke Edward Smith is definitely one to watch. Here is the trailer to his upcoming movie – To Tokyo