Most Promising Actresses Of The Year – 2014 Edition

Vote now for who you think should be the Most Promising Actress Of The Year for 2014! If you feel that you or someone you know deserves to be a featured as one of the Most Promising Actresses Of The Month then let our talent coordinator know by emailing lex@starcentralmag.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can! Please keep it in mind that any person who leaves negative, unpleasant and unnecessarily rude or derogative comments will be removed and banned from this site permanently. This is not a page where you can post your rants – we will ONLY approve comments that are constructive to the nominees. Let’s just keep this voting poll fair and fun!

1. Hannah Raven Smith (Australia)

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Hannah Raven Smith began her acting carrier in Melbourne when she was cast in an episode of Channel 7’s City Homicide. She then went on to star in an episode of Channel 9’s Sudden Impact and the short film Forever Young for Melbourne’s Channel 31. She trained with Verve Studios Acting Academy for four years and was then accepted into The Actors Centre Australia. After graduating in 2012, she was cast as one of the leading roles in the musical Van Park with John Paul Young and Steve Kilbey. Since then she has worked on TVC’s with Australian Comedian Stephen Curry, and the series Deadly Women with Beyond productions. She has worked in theatre in both Melbourne and Sydney with numerous Australian directors, including Gale Edwards and Katerina Kokkinos Kennedy. She has also trained with internationally renowned acting coach Ted Brunetti. In 2013 she was cast in the lead role of Zoe in the Australian Feature Film, Zoe.Misplaced, which is currently touring film festivals in Italy, Germany and Turkey. She is the founder and creative director of The Poe Burlesque Theatre. A theatre company dedicated to presenting the work of Edgar Allan Poe. She will be taking the companies premier production of Edgar’s Girls to the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival. She is the recipient of The Joel Frost Perpetual Young Performers Scholarship 2004 and The Purple Angel Foundation Scholarship 2012 Hannah has big plans for 2015 and is heading to LA in February for Pilot season.

2. Brittany Young (Australia)

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Brittany Young is a Western Australian performer who is passionate about creating powerful and evocative performances for both film and theatre. She recently completed her Bachelor of the Arts majoring in Performance Studies at Curtin University and successfully completed  her Certificate Two in Musical Theatre at WAAPA in 2011. Brittany has just finished shooting a short feature film called Chasing Bec, which she worked as a producer and played the lead role of Chelsea. She also recently worked as an actor and producer on Work, a devised piece performed at The Blue Room Theatre as a part of the Perth Fringe Festival in 2014. Brittany has performed a variety of roles on the stage including Prospera in The Tempest, Woman in The Same Old Story and Holly in The Zombie Bride: The Musical. She has also played the lead role in a few short films including It’s Only Temporary and Misanthrope, and has worked as an extra and featured extra on various Australian feature films including These Final hours and Kill Me Three Times. Brittany currently works as a puppeteer  for  Camp  Quality as a part of their primary school program educating children about cancer. As Brittany has recently finished her degree at Curtin she is looking at new and exciting projects to be a part of. She also wants to contribute to the community, which is why she is part of a group of people creating an organization called Creating Freedom Australia, who are bringing transformation theatre and film projects into the prison system in Western Australia. Brittany is extremely excited about entering the next stage of her life which will bring a move to Sydney that is planned for the first half of next year.

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3. Rikki Millbank (US)

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After graduating from high school Rikki jumped on a plane and headed to New York City where she studied acting for two years at HB Studio. While there she also attended the Sedgwick & Russell Acting School and took dance at The Broadway Dance Centre & Peridance. She then spent a year in New York City as a working actress where she performed on stage at The Broadway Comedy Club as ‘Kitty’ in Casey 30 years later and worked as a fitness model and cheer leader on the Dr Oz Show. She has appeared in various commercials for Ford Mustang and Samsung and she has also appeared on a number of  TV shows including The Carrie Diaries and as well as various independent films. She also worked on The Amazing Spiderman 2 and Black Dog, Red Dog directed by James Franco, finishing the year off by successfully auditioning for Americas Got Talent. Since returning to Australia in June she has kept busy auditioning and has just finished filming for Nutri Grain Throwdowns and music videos for Karise Eden and Jenny Queen.

4. Ashley Avci (Australia)

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Ashley is an inspired, highly-driven and devoted Sydney-based actress. She first undertook professional training at the age of 10 years with Jon-Claire Lee (Mao’s Last Dancer) at Sydney Talent Company and currently studies with respected Australian Casting Director David Newman from Mcsweeney Newman Casting. (Inbetweeners Movie 2) She hold a recurring supporting character on the long-running Australian SBS Television Series, Houso’s. Her highlight this year was working with director Paul Fenech (Fat Pizza) on the Fat Pizza vs. Houso’s Feature Film; in which she held the role of a heroin addict. Some of her credits include ‘Houso’s,’ Rescue Special Op’s (Channel 9), Deadly Woman, Behind Mansion Walls, Home & Away, The Jester’s, International Bollywood film ‘Orange’ and Australian Feature film alongside Christina Ricci, ‘Around the Block. She has worked on several short films, music videos and commercials. Over the summer she is concentrating on refining her skills, in search for new agent representation. She is currently auditioning for short films that will be circulating film festivals nationally and the roles of ‘Leah’ and ‘Blanche’ in a theatre production of acclaimed classic ‘Jane Eyre.’ Above all, Ashley wants to inspire people through the craft of storytelling. As well as all of this, she studies Law and runs her own not-for-profit organisation. “I dream of a world where all life is respected; where love and kindness is our motivation, not money and profit. I am creating a world where all of this is possible.”

5. Caitie Ross (Australia)

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Caitie Ross (born April 7, 1993) is a passionate Australian actress based in Melbourne. Her first professional speaking role was in Richard Grey’s feature film ‘Blinder’ which made her fall even more in love with film. Having just been cast in the new Australian series ‘Wanderlust’, she plans on relocating to LA after filming wraps to further her career and take classes from some of the most renown acting teachers in the world. At just 21,  she has trained at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Australian Academy of Television and Film, the Melbourne Actors Lab as well as Deakin University. Ross knows the importance of constantly working on herself and perfecting her craft. In the past year alone, she has starred in over 12 short films, two stage shows, a music video and a feature film and is always jumping at the opportunity of playing different characters. She has just wrapped filming horror/thriller film ‘Matriarch’ which saw her character kidnapped and tortured in the Australian outback. To date this has been her most challenging role but also the most rewarding. One of her favourite parts of working on a film/ production is getting to meet new people and forming close friendships with the cast and crew.

Vote for who you think should be the “Most Promising Actress Of The Month” in the poll below! The winner will appear in our website and will be featured in our magazine. The poll closes on the 30th of January, 2015 at 1am AEST (Sydney, Australia time) and you are eligible to vote only once per day (after you’ve voted, 24 hours must pass after the time you voted, for you to be able to see the voting form and vote again the next day). Please note that voting is also restricted to just ONE vote per IP address. Vote NOW and make your voice heard!   

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10 comments
  1. Ashley is the kindest human being possible. She would use this (hopefully) win to achieve great things and help get her voice heard

  2. Love seeing all these talented young actresses coming through the ranks, but young Ashley Avci and her compassionate work for the voiceless of this planet is extraordinary!!! And I would love to see her reach super stardom!

  3. An actress needs to have emphathy, being beautiful and having a kind heart is important. I can guarantee that Ashley is beautiful inside and out. She has been a loud voice for the voiceless. The world needs people like her to be an inspiration and to be encouraged to be kind. She will definitely be able to inspire others as to fight the evil of the world. Ashley should be the winner.

  4. Ashley Avci is a beautiful person inside and out. It would be amazing to see someone who stands for something win. Pls consider this angel! She has been a voice to the voiceless. Ashley has reported to the world the atrocities in #Taiji and is still following her dreams. Good Luck!

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