From Home and Away to Hollywood

Adam Wingard’s new horror film You’re Next stars Sharni Vinson, a former Home and Away actress. We thought we’d take a look at some of the other Hollywood stars who first made a name for themselves on the Australian soap.


Sharni Vinson

Sharni first hit our small screens as the likeable Cassie Turner in Home and Away but she left the show in 2007 when Hollywood came calling. Sharni starred in dance flick Step Up 3D and takes the lead in what is set to be one of the best horrors of 2013, You’re Next, out in cinemas from 28th August.


Isla Fisher

The wife of the man behind Ali G and Borat, Fisher began her career as Shannon Reid in Home and Away. The Summer Bay beauty then went on to feature in some of tinsel town’s biggest hits including Wedding Crashers, Rango, The Great Gatsby and most recently Now You See Me.




Chris Hemsworth

The middle Hemsworth brother may be best known for playing superhero, Thor, in Marvel’s Avengers franchise. Nonetheless, Chris began his journey to stardom in the world of Australian soaps. He starred in one episode of Neighbours before going on to star as the hunky Kim Hyde in nearly 200 episodes of Home and Away.

chris hemsworth


Heath Ledger

Heath appeared in Home and Away for a brief period, as surfer Scott Irwin, who fell in love with one of the girls of Summer Bay. Heath spent his whole acting life fighting to avoid being type-cast as the ‘pretty boy’ – this drove him to take on more controversial subject matter such as Brokeback Mountain, and character roles like the Joker in The Dark Knight. Tragically, Heath died in 2008 after an accidental drug overdose. He was undeniably one of the greatest and most talented actors to emerge from Home and Away and his death was a devastating loss.



Guy Pearce

Guy actually began his television acting career on the Australian soap Neighbours, where he played the troubled and lonely Mike Young for three years. In 1991 he played David Croft for a total of six weeks on Home and Away. Since his soap opera days, Guy has starred in many popular films, most notably Memento, The Kings Speech and, recently, Iron Man 3.

Guy Pearce


Naomi Watts

Naomi first appeared on screen in a small role in the Australian film For Love Alone in 1986. She played Julie Gibson in Home and Away for a brief period. Naomi is most famous for her starring roles in The Ring, King Kong, The Impossible and for her greatly anticipated portrayal of the Princess Diana in the upcoming film Diana.



See Sharni Vinson in You’re Next in cinemas from 28th August!