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“From 0 to Hero” – The Success Story of Screenwise alumni Ashleigh Cummings

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Ashleigh Cummings is a household name in the Australian Film & TV industry nowadays and we had the pleasure of meeting her while she was studying at Screenwise.

The Australian actress moved to Australia when she was 12, having previously lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where her parents used to work. At the age of 2, Cummings started her training as a ballet dancer. She continued on this path, joining the Brent Street School of Performing Arts when she was 14. Here, she was also introduced to acting. She improved upon her screen acting skillset when she visited our very own studio facilities in Surry Hills to undertake the Screenteens Term, which runs for eight weeks.

Cummings made her acting debut as a dancer in Darren Ashton’s Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance in 2007. She went on to star in the hit soap opera Home and Away and in 2009, she was cast for the film Tomorrow, When the War Began. This earned her a nomination for Best Young Actor at the 2010 Australian Film Institute Awards. Following this great success, she starred in Underbelly, Rescue Special Ops and Miss Fisher’s Mysteries. In 2012, Cummings was cast as Debbie Vickers in the telly adaptation of Puberty Blues. For Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Puberty Blues, she received a nomination for Most Popular Actress at the Logie Awards. Galore was her first feature film, for which she received a nomination for Best Performance by a Young Actor at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards. This was followed by roles in Gallipoli and the remake of the 1981 film Goodbye Pork Pie, Westside and a leading role for Hounds of Love. Most recently, she was cast as Pippa in the US book adaptation The Goldfinch, which sees her star alongside Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort and Jeffrey Wright.

Never stop believing in your dreams. If your passion lies in acting, we encourage you to attend one of our courses and find out if this profession is the right fit for you. Why not follow in Ashleigh’s footsteps and attend our upcoming Screenteens Holiday Workshop, commencing on 17 April 2018. This three-day course is catered to young adults between the ages of 12 and 16, who want to learn the nuts and bolts of acting in a fun, engaging and professional learning environment. Early Bird ends on 3 April 2018.

“I wouldn’t be where I am now without Screenwise so I owe you everything.”
ASHLEIGH CUMMINGS