Antony Starr

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Antony Starr
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Born(1975-10-25) 25 October 1975 (age 38)
New Zealand
Years active1995–present
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Antony Starr
Antony Starr (cropped).jpg
Born(1975-10-25) 25 October 1975 (age 38)
New Zealand
Years active1995–present

Antony Starr (born 25 October 1975) is a New Zealand television actor best known for his dual role as twins Jethro and Van West in New Zealand's hit comedy/drama Outrageous Fortune. He is currently starring in the television series Banshee, which airs on HBO-owned Cinemax.


Starr began his professional acting career early in the 1990s with a small part in Shortland Street and guest roles in Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

Starr had a recurring role on the soap opera Shortland Street for several weeks in 2001.

In 2001, Starr was cast in Mercy Peak as Todd Van der Velter, one of the no-good, white trash Van der Velter brothers. It was a guest role that he had throughout Mercy Peak’s three seasons. He also received a role as the brother of long running character Waverley Wilson in the soap opera Shortland Street. He appeared for several weeks as part of the write out of the Minnie Crozier character. Starr did not like the fast pace of the show and thought his performances suffered due to it.[1]

Since then, Starr's television credits have included a core cast role in kids' series Hard Out and guest roles in P.E.T. Detectives and Street Legal as well as a brief stint in Serial Killers, the critically acclaimed comedy series that was penned by Outrageous Fortune co-creator James Griffin.

Playing twins Van and Jethro West won Starr the 2007 Air New Zealand Screen Award for Performance by an Actor, the award for Best Actor at the Qantas Television Awards and Best Actor at the Asian TV Awards in the same year. Readers of the TV Guide also voted Starr Best Actor in the 2007 TV Guide Best on the Box People’s Choice Awards. In 2005, he was named Best Actor at the inaugural Qantas Television Awards for his role in Outrageous Fortune.

During the production of the first series of Outrageous Fortune, Starr also juggled filming for Toa Fraser's debut feature, No. 2 which was released in New Zealand in early 2006. Starr’s other film credits include Roger Donaldson’s The World's Fastest Indian, the US comedy feature Without a Paddle and Brad McGann's acclaimed feature film In My Father's Den. In the summer of 2006/7 between series two and three of Outrageous Fortune, Starr worked on a collaborative short film with some friends.

Starr appeared on stage in the second edition of Sex with Strangers (2005). In 2004, Starr performed in two theatre productions: Closer at Auckland's Silo Theatre and Sex with Strangers directed by Colin Mitchell at the Herald Theatre.

Between filming Outrageous Fortune seasons five and six, Starr starred in feature film After the Waterfall and the telefeature Spies and Lies.

In 2011, Starr joined the cast of the Australian police drama Rush, playing Senior Sergeant Charlie Lewis.[2] He will also have a role in the second series of Lowdown.

As of January 2013, Starr is starring in the television series, Banshee, which is his first role on U.S. television. He plays an unnamed ex-con who, after 15 years in prison, assumes the identity of Lucas Hood, becoming the new Sheriff of Banshee. Trying to reconnect with his former lover Anastasia both learn that he "has become a distant (violent) version of the man he once was". The show renewed for a second season aired in 2014.[3]


2003Terror PeakJasonTelevision film
2003Skin & BoneSeymour Collins
2004In My Father's DenGareth
2004Without a PaddleBilly Newwood
2004Not Only But AlwaysCab DriverTelevision film
2005The World's Fastest IndianJeff
2006No. 2Shelly
2010After the WaterfallJohn DreanNominated—Aotearoa Film and TV Award for Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film
2010Spies and LiesSydney RossTelevision film
Nominated—Aotearoa Film and TV Award for Best Performance by an Actor
2011Wish You Were HereJeremy KingAustralian Academy of Cinema and Television Award for Best Supporting Actor
1995-1996Xena: Warrior PrincessMesas/David2 episodes
2000-2002Shortland StreetStratford WilsonContract role
2001-2003Mercy PeakTodd Van der Velter21 episodes
2005-2010Outrageous FortuneVan West/Jethro West107 episodes
Air New Zealand Screen Award for Best Actor
New Zealand TV Guide Best on the Box Award for Best Actor (2006-2011)
Quantas Television Award for Best Actor (2005, 2007-2008)
Nominated—Quantas Television Award for Best Actor (2006)
Nominated—Air New Zealand Screen Award for Best Actor (2006)
2011RushCharlie Lewis13 episodes
2012Tricky BusinessMatt Sloane13 episodes
2013-BansheeLucas Hood20 episodes


  1. ^ Coleman, James (November 2010). "The rise and rise of Antony Starr". NZonscreen. NZ on Air. Retrieved November 2011. 
  2. ^ Antony Starr Channel Ten
  3. ^ Antony Starr Interview myFanbase. Retrieved May 2013.

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