actor | writer | noisemaker
“Austin has a kind of genius in her performance, a happy, infectious tenacity. She’s like Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky or Audrey Tautou in Amélie.”
– See Saw Magazine
Holly Austin is one of Australia’ most versatile multi-disciplinary performers celebrated for her individuality in theatremaking and her unique vocal dexterity.
Holly is a NIDA graduate and the recipient of The Mike Walsh Fellowship, The Ian Potter Cultural Award and The Inaugural ACTF Joan & Betty Rayner Fellowship.
As an actor she has a vast number of screen and theatre credits under her belt, including most recently being cast as Skye O'Dwyer in Amazon Prime's Deadloch. In October 2022 she will appear in Virginia Gay's Cyrano at Melbourne Theatre Company.
Not only a dextrous and skilled performer, Holly is a writer for both stage & screen and generates much of her own work. In 2017, Holly was co-awarded, The Philip Parsons Award for playwriting. With Adriano Cappelletta she co-wrote the ABC Fresh Blood series Ultimate Fanj and the beautiful theatre work Ruby’s Wish, which toured nationally in 2018 to The Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne Centre and Perth's Awesome Festival.
She was co-awarded $10,000 through Queer Screen's Inaugural Pitch Off Competition and won best screenplay at The Mardi Gras Film Festival for Butch, a queer comedy television series co-written with Zoe McDonald. In 2020 Butch received development funding through Screen Australia.
In April 2019 her solo family work Dr. AudiYO's Giant Adventure, premiered at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, presented by Theatreworks and Froudist. It has since toured to DreamBig Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre, Parramatta Riverside and The Brisbane Festival.
Holly is also a musician and beatboxer and has performed nationally and internationally with the likes of Grammy Award winning artist Common, Martha Wainwright, John Butler, Amanda Palmer, Holly Throsby and played at the SXSW Festival with Sui Zhen.