Troye Sivan

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Troye Sivan
BornTroye Sivan Mellet
(1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 18)
Johannesburg, South Africa
OccupationActor, singer, YouTube personality
Years active2006–present
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Troye Sivan
BornTroye Sivan Mellet
(1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 18)
Johannesburg, South Africa
OccupationActor, singer, YouTube personality
Years active2006–present

Troye Sivan Mellet (born 5 June 1995), better known as Troye Sivan, is a South African-born Australian actor, YouTuber and singer. He played young James Howlett in the 2009 X-Men film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and most recently starred in the film Spud (2010), its sequel, Spud 2: The Madness Continues (2013), and the upcoming second sequel Spud 3: Learning to Fly (2014). He also makes YouTube videos, and currently has over 1,551,000 subscribers and over 54,371,000 views.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Sivan was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.[2][3] His family moved to Australia at the age of two. Sivan currently lives in Perth, Australia with his parents and three siblings. He is Jewish (his father was born to a Jewish family and his mother converted to Judaism).[4] Sivan was home schooled. Troye's middle name is Sivan and he embraced it as his stage name.

On 7 August 2010, Sivan revealed to his family that he is gay.[5] On 7 August 2013, he revealed his sexual orientation publicly, by making a video and uploading it to his YouTube channel, entitled "Coming Out".[6]


Sivan has sung at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Channel Seven Perth Telethon.[7][8] His 2006 performance included a duet with Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian.[8] Sivan made it to the grand finals of StarSearch 2007.[7] His debut album, Dare to Dream, was released in February 2008.[3] The CD includes five songs "There's a Hero", "Angels Brought Me Here", "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "Unsung Hero" and "The Prayer".[3] On 20 September 2008, Sivan sang in the opening of Storm the Stage at the Burswood Entertainment Complex.[9] In February 2010, Sivan opened the "We Are The World 25 for Haiti (YouTube Edition)", the collaborative music charity video produced by Lisa Lavie to help raise money for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Most recently in December 2012 Troye produced his own music video through YouTube called "The 2012 Song" telling the story of the year from his perspective.[10] On 5 May 2013, Sivan made a video called "The Fault in Our Stars", inspired by the book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Before posting the official music video onto YouTube, he posted the song to Tumblr. Over the period of that night he had more than 100,000 notes, many of which expressed support for a music video; Sivan decided he would make one. He went to Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, located in Western Australia, and filmed the official music video. There, he spent the day with two girls suffering from cancer, Kimmy and Montana.


In 2007, Sivan starred as Oliver Twist in a production of Oliver! at the Regal Theatre.[8]

In February 2008, Sivan was cast as young James Howlett in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Sivan got the part after videos of his telethon performance were posted on YouTube, catching the attention of a Hollywood agent who contacted Sivan and asked him to send in an audition tape.[8] Though Kodi Smit-McPhee was already cast for this role, he was unable to be a part of the film, due to his other film, The Road.[11]

In 2008, Sivan was cast in a West Australian short film, Betrand the Terrible.[12]

In July 2009, he auditioned successfully for the lead role in Spud, a film adaptation of the 2005 novel by South African author John van de Ruit.[13] Filming took place in South Africa from early March to mid-April 2010.[14][15]

Sivan appeared in the West Australian season of Samuel Beckett's absurdist play Waiting for Godot which opened on 28 May 2010. Sivan shared the role of "Boy" with Craig Hyde-Smith, alternating nights.[16]

In June 2012 Sivan returned to South Africa to film SPUD 2: The Madness Continues, which was released in South Africa on 21 June 2013. On 22 June 2013 the filming of Spud 3 started.

Social media[edit]

In September 2012, Sivan began creating weekly video blogs on the video sharing site YouTube, after strictly singing on the site since 2007. At the time of posting his first vlog, Sivan had accumulated 27,000 subscribers in his 5 years on YouTube. As of January 2014, Troye has over 54 million views across YouTube videos and more than 1,551,000 subscribers. His Youtube account is in the Top 20 most subscribed channels in Australia.

Sivan's other social media accounts also have a strong following. As of January 2014, his Twitter account has over 871,000 followers, his Instagram account has over 870,000 followers and his Facebook account has over 464,000 likes.

Sivan regularly posts on his Tumblr account.






  1. ^ "Troye Sivan". YouTube. Google. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
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  3. ^ a b c "Biography". Troye Sivan (Official website). Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
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  5. ^ "Troye Sivan Gay: Australian Actor Comes Out On YouTube". The Huffington Post. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Lu, Anne (10 August 2013). "'Wolverine' Actor Troye Sivan Comes Out As Gay On YouTube Vlog". International Business Times. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Symonds, Kristy (7 April 2012). "Perth boy making it big in Hollywood". Perth Now. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d Harvey, Shannon (28 February 2008). "Perth boy to play young Hugh Jackman in Wolverine movie". Perth Now. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Troye opened 'Storm The Stage' 2008". 21 October 2008. Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2009. 
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  11. ^ Bodey, Michael (5 March 2008). "One for the road clears the path". The Australian. Archived from the original on 24 September 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Coyne, Yvette (16 February 2010). "Bertrand the Terrible – LINK funded film". Film & Television Institute (WA) Inc. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Troye plays lead role in Spud – The Movie". 2 February 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  14. ^ "Spud's Young Stars". Screen Africa. 8 March 2010. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  15. ^ Van de Ruit, John (20 April 2010). "Icarus Allsorts". John van de Ruit's blog at Book South Africa. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  16. ^ Hatch, Daniel (24 May 2010). "Troye on stage with theatre great". The West Australian. p. 3. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
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  18. ^ Natasha, Prince (12 July 2013). "Spud 3 brings craziness back to CT". Cape Argus. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 

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