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.