Are you watching NIDA alumni?

20 July 2022

NIDA alumni are on the world stage, across an exciting range of content. Here are some ways to watch these outstanding alumni at work.

Above: Tuuli Narkle (Acting, 2018) in Mystery Road: Origin. Image: David Dare Parker

Now streaming on ABC iview, Mystery Road: Origin is the prequel series to Mystery Road and introduces audiences to a young Detective Jay Swan and his soon-to-be wife Mary Allen, played by Tuuli Narkle (Acting, 2018). In a recent interview with the National Indigenous Times, Tuuli said, "You count your lucky stars as an actor when you get roles that are so deep and so meaningful and that have so much nuance... Because this story means so much to me and this kind of representation means so much to me, I kind of loved it, even though it was tough." The show also features NIDA alumni Toby Leonard Moore (Acting, 2005), Steve Bisley (Acting, 1977) and Caroline Brazier (Acting, 1998).

Above: Albert Mwangi (Acting, 2020) discusses his Tom Swift character, Rowan. Video: The CW Network

New CW series Tom Swift is currently streaming on Paramount+ and features Albert Mwangi (Acting, 2020). The show is a Nancy Drew spinoff series based on the book by Victor Appleton, and follows billionaire inventor Tom, who is thrust into a world of sci-fi conspiracy and unexplained phenomena after the shocking disappearance of his father. Albert plays the secretive and stoic Rowan, a bodyguard with a mysterious past.

Above: Mark Paguio (Acting, 2018) in Spiderhead. Image: Netflix

Mark Paguio (Acting, 2018) stars in new Netflix film Spiderhead, alongside Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller. Based on George Saunders' dystopian short Escape from Spiderhead, the sci-fi thriller follows prisoners in a state-of-the-art penitentiary who begin to question the purpose of the emotion-controlling drugs they are testing.

Mark also appears in new Foxtel/Binge drama The Twelve alongside fellow NIDA alumni Toby Blome (Acting, 2017), Mandela Mathia (Acting, 2017), Matthew Backer (Acting, 2010) and Charli Lucas (Acting, 2021).

Above: Samuel Adewunmi and Sophie Wilde (Acting, 2019) in You Don't Know Me. Image: BBC

BBC thriller You Don't Know Me is available to stream now on Netflix, starring Sophie Wilde (Acting, 2019) as Kyra, the girlfriend of a man accused of murder. The show is based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Imran Mahmood and centres around the suspenseful court case. You can watch the trailer here.

In case you missed it...

More NIDA alumni on screen over the past couple of months:

  • Ryan Panizza's (Acting, 2020) debut as Nathan Silva in Home and Away on Channel 7.
  • Alex Stamell (Acting, 2020) as Tash in Barons, streaming now on ABC iview.
  • Mia Healey (Stage and Screen Performance, 2017) as Shelby in season 2 of The Wilds, streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.
  • Uli Latukefu (Acting, 2012) as the young Dwayne Johnson in season 2 of Young Rock, streaming now on Binge.

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