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Ebony BUCKLE - Musician

Born: 20 November 1986

TGS: alumni year 2004

Ebony is a London-based conceptual pop artist. She writes and performs with her husband - musician and producer Nick Burns. 


Ibsen's 'Rosmersholm', directed by Ian Rickson, at the Duke of York's Theatre in the West End.

Ivo Van Hove's Production of Hedda Gabler at The National Theatre.


Follow Ebony on insta @ebonybuckleofficial

Nathin BUTLER - Actor, Producer, Musician

Actor, Producer, Director, Songwriter & Musician.
Compiled April 2024 (E&OE)


Full Name

Nathin Art Butler

Known as




Townsville Grammar School


1999 - 2002



Year 11 (2001) Prize for Drama and Academic Award



Year 9 (1999) Into the Woods, TGS directed by Fiona Perry

Year 11 (2001) The Threepenny Opera – TGS directed by Fiona Perry, Lead role playing MacHeath Misérables. Joseph.

Year 12 (2002)



Year 10 (2000) and Year 12 (2002) School Team


Year 10 (2000) School Team


Year 10 (2000) School Team

Year 12 (2002) Open Basketball

Rugby Union

Year 10 (2000) u/15 Team

Year 12 (2002) 2nd XV Rugby

Television Credits



Rain Shadow (Australian mini-series), playing Shane Maguire


NCIS: Los Angeles as Kodiak


The Pacific (mini-series), as Young Private


Hawaii 50 (TV series) as Nick Towne


Winners and Losers (TV series) as Luke MacKenzie


General Hospital (TV series), playing Ewen Keenan

Film Credits



Australia, as Carney Boy


Black Ballon, as Chris


The Cut, as Toddy Barton


X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as Male Nurse


Casual as Leon’s Friend


Broken Spirits - cinematographer


The Cage – producer & director


Black November as Jack Rowlands (and others)

Director of Photography


Drone Wars as Rhys


Westworld, as Menacing Heavy


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Jones


Along the Beds Edge Sitting as Toby and Producer


The American King as Douglas

Music Credits



Los Angeles Music Awards – Rising Star


Nathin lives with his wife, Irina, and two children in Los Angeles.

He comes from a musical family and started learning the guitar at age five. This was also the first year he appeared on stage.

In high school he played in a punk band.

Aged 17, Nathin was accepted into the prestigious Sydney based NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art).

As a musician and songwriter, Nathin is the lead singer in the band The Sugar.

Video clip –
Interview mentioning TGS

Video clip – Demo reel

Follow Nathin on Insta @nathinbutler

Harriet DYER - Actor, Writer, Producer

Actress, Writer, Producer
Compiled April 2024 (E&OE)


Full Name

Harriet Dyer

Known as






Townsville Grammar School


2001 - 2005



Year 8 (2001) Prize for Performing Arts, Academic Award.

Year 9 (2002) Magna Cum Laude, Hudson Shield (Jnr Debating), Cultural Award, Perry Award (commendation), Townsville Inter-School Debating (winners of Junior Division).

Year 10 (2003) Magna Cum Laude, Academic Award, Writing Comp (Dist), Townsville & District Japanese Speaking Competition (2nd), Cultural Award, Perry Award, Prize for Performing Arts.

Year 11 (2004) Cum Laude, Australian Mathematics Competition (Dist), Cultural Award, JA Marsh Prize for Music, Academic Award.

Year 12 (2005) Magna Cum-Laude, Cultural Award, Perry Award (short-list).


Year 8 – (2001) The Threepenny Opera as a Street Urchin, produced and directed by Fiona Perry.

Year 10 – (2003) A Little Night Music as a frog, produced and directed by Fiona Perry.

Year 12 (2005) Kiss Me Kate as Bianca/Lois, produced and directed by Fiona Perry.


Year 8 & 9 (2001 &2002) Symphony Orchestra.

Year 8 – 12 (2001 – 2005) Grammar Singers

Year ?? – Yr 12 (200? – 2005) Grammar Big Band

Year 12 (2005) Music Capitan.


Year 9 (2002) Year 9 Debating Team.

Television Credits



Micro-Nation (TV Mockumentary) as Emma Cosdosca

A Moody Christmas as Airport Girl


Packer to the Rafters as Mandy

2014 - 2017

Love Child (Australian Series) as Patricia ‘Patty’ Saunders


Janet King (Australian Series) as Maya Blackley

2015/16 & 2018

No Activity (Australian Series) as April then Hazel


Black Comedy

Rack as Star as Mannix

Hide and Seek as Dakota Matherson

2017 - 2019

The Other Guy as Stevie Nichols


Sexy Herpes as Becky

The Letdown as Busy

Kiki and Kitty as Cherise


The In Between as Cassie Bedford (NBC in USA)

2021 - 2023

American Auto as Sadie Ryan (NBC in USA)


Wakefield as Genevieve


Summer Love as Steph

2022 -

Colin from Accounts as Ashley, co-creator & co-writer


Colin from Accounts, season 2 is due to be release on 30 May 2024 after the world-wide success of season 1 (especially in the UK).

Film Credits



Meat the Parents (short film) as Sarah

Pacific Cove (short film) as Amber


The Fragments as Harriet


Ruben Guthrie as Virginia


Downunder as Stacey

Killing Ground as Samantha ‘Sam Shaw

The Mother Situation (short film) as Katie


The Way we Weren’t as Miss Darling


Invisible Man As Emily Kass

Stage Credits



Suddenly Last Summer (National Arts School)

Time Stands Still, lead role (Darlinghurst Theatre Company)

Brisbane (Brisbane Theatre Company)

Hay Fever (Sydney Theatre Company)

Pygmalion (Sydney Theatre Company)

A Flea in her Ear (Sydney Theatre Company)

Machinal (Sydney Theatre Company)

Travelling North (Sydney Theatre Company)


Moliere’s, A School for Wives – lead role (Bell Shakespeare Company)


Belvoir (Bell Shakespeare Company)


Peter Pan (Bell Shakespeare Company) – off Broadway

Acting Awards



Sydney Theatre Award – most outstanding Performance in a Mainstream Production (for Machinal) 


Logie, nominated for Most New Talent (Love Child)

Nominated for Graham Kennedy awards for Most Outstanding Newcomer (Love Child)

AACTA Awards, nominated for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a TV series (Love Child).

Most Popular New Talent (Love Child)


Logie, nominated for Most Outstanding Support Actress (Love Child)


Logie, Won Most Outstanding Actress (Colin from Accounts)


AACTA Awards, Best Comedy, with Patrick Brammall


Harriet was awarded a Gold Star (Tap Dancing) in 2005.

Harriet was accepted in NIDA (National Academy of Dramatic Arts on graduating in 2006. She also completed a full-time acting course at the Actor’s Centre, graduating in 2011.

Harriet’s sister, Madeline 12/03, is also an actress, comedy writer, director, and producer.

Mark Dyer, Harriet’s father, was involved with NQOMT and performed in Coral Society Musicals, performing is in her DNA.

Patrick Brammall, her husband, is also her co-writer and the co-creator of Colin from Accounts. The two adopted their newborn daughter in 2021.

Follow Harriet on Insta @harri_harri

Wade FORSTER - Musician

Country Music Singer Songwriter, Rodeo Cowboy
Compiled April 2024 E&OE

Written by Chris Wilson, TGS Archivist and former Head of Boarding

It has been all over the news and social media, but the achievements of recent Past Grammarian Wade Forster deserve special mention.

Wade's first contact with Townsville Grammar School was in 2010 at the Julia Creek Camp Draft. He confidently strode up to me (I was then the Head of Boarding), stuck out this hand, and, with a smile on his face and a glint in his eye, stated in his western twang, “G’day Sir, my name is Wade Forster and I am coming to board with you at Townsville Grammar next year”. Wade was always a cheeky boarder, never too far from trouble, but always the first to put up his hand and accept the consequences of his actions (and all too often, the behaviour of others). His last action, when he was due to graduate, was to head to the Design and Technology Centre and spend his time constructing a coffee table for the rec room in McConachy House.

Wade was born and raised in outback Queensland on country music and a cowboy lifestyle. On leaving School, Wade worked as a cowboy and started to travel around Australia to pursue his passion for rodeo. In 2017 he left the family property near Winton and enrolled in a refrigeration apprenticeship in Mount Isa. One lonely night he bought himself a $50 guitar and started to teach himself to play. The rest is history.

Wade began singing at rodeos and in 2021 he released a cover of ‘Oneida’ on Facebook. He released his debut album, ‘The Beginning’ in 2022. Wade enrolled in and graduated from the Academy of Country Music. In 2023 he was honoured to play at the opening of the Tamworth Country Music Festival, and in 2024, the 25-year-old was nominated as one of 10 finalists in the Toyota Star Maker competition. On  21 January 2024, he was crowned as the 44th Toyota Star Maker, following in the footsteps of country music household names such as Lee Kernaghan, James Blundell, Keith Urban, Gina Jeffreys, Beccy Cole, and many others. At the time of writing, Wade’s single, Rodeo Romeo, had reached #1 on the 2TM Country Music Chart.

You can listen to Wade Spotify or YouTube

Follow Wade on insta  @wadeforstermusic


Remy HII - Actor, Musician, Photographer

Actor, Musician, Photographer
Compiled May 2024 (E&OE)


Full Name

Remy Hii

Known as



Remy Hii


24 July 1986, Kota Kinabula, Malaysia

Townsville Grammar School


1997 - 2001



Year 7 (1999) Academic Award.

Music & Cultural Involvement

Year 9 (2001) Grammar Voices

Vox Vocal Ensamble

Big Band

Jazz Ensamble

Sax Trio

Debating Team

Television Credits



East of Everything

H2O: Just Add Water as bass Guitarist


Betterman as Van Tuong Nguyen

2013 & 2014

Neighbours as Hudson Walsh

2014 - 2016

Marco Polo as Prince Jingham


Sisters as Sam

2018 & 2019

Harrow as Simon Van Reyk


Jane the Novella as Luen


Aftertaste as Ben Zhao

Arcane as Enforcer/Sheriff Marcus


Wellmania as Dalbert Tan

Film Credits



Beyond Blood (short film) as Gabriel Troung

Maligayang Pasko (short film)


Origami (short film) as boy


Kiss (short film) as Tom


Treading Water (short film) as Tom


Mirrors (short film) as Manny


2:22 as Benny


Crazy Rich Asians as Alistair Cheng


Spider-Man: Far from Home as Brad Davis


The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star as Peter Maxwell


The Party Job as Ben

Blaze as Psychiatric Nurse


Scarygirl (voice actor) as Bunniguru

China Rich Girlfriend as Alistair

The Sloth Lane (voice actor) as Platy

Stage Credits



The Estimator (Queensland Theatre Company)


The Golden Age (Sydney Theatre Company)

Acting Awards



Logie,  Most Outstanding Newcomer

AACTA Award nominated for Best Lead actor in a TV Drama.


Remy is of Chinese/Malaysian (father) and English (mother) descent,

Remy’s mother, Kathleen, taught at TGS from 1997 – 2001.

Remy was accepted into, and attended, NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts) graduating in 2011.

Whilst at NIDA, Remy played in RAPIDS, an indie-rock band along with fellow actors Angus McLaren and Jamie Timony,

In preparation for his role in Marco Polo, Remy had to undergo rigorous physical training, including martial arts, archery, and horse riding (performing his own stunts).

Although Remy loves acting, his passion lies ‘behind the lens’. He has a serious collection of (20+) film cameras. His pride and joy is a Hasselblad 500C/M.

Remy is also a budding home chef, a gamer and writer.

Follow Remy on Insta @remyhii

James RAGGATT - Actor

Born: 10 February 1992

TGS: Graduated 2009

NIDA: Graduated NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in 2015 and granted a BBM youth scholarship in drama to travel to the UK in 2016 to gather experience.

Films: Represssion (2011), The Horrific Murder of Grigori Rasputin (2017), Come into the Garden (2018)

TheatreiNQ: James was one of the first young actors to be trained under TheatreiNQ, helping to inspire the Bridge Project’s inception. He first acted with the company in their inaugural production, Richard III in 2010. After moving to Sydney and studying at NIDA, James returned to Townsville in 2016 to act in TheatreiNQ’s HAMLET, and again in 2020 for The Blood of Kings.

While living in Sydney, James found success for himself in the theatre as not only an actor, but a writer and director as well. He most recently directed and acted in Stacks On Theatre’s production of Alan Bennet's The Wind in the Willows, in which he worked with a number of TheatreiNQ Bridge Project alumni. He had the following to say about the experience:

The Wind in the Willows marked James’ fifth stint as a director or assistant director. His previous directorial works also include Youth and Destination (2018). This is one of several plays he has written himself, but is thus far the only one yet to see the stage. While James finds enrichment through all stages of theatre creation, writing is a particular challenge to him.

Read the whole interview here:

Natalie WEIR - Dancer, Choreographer

Choreographer, Dancer, Ballerina & Artistic Director - Australian Ballet
Compiled May 2024 (E&OE)


Full Name

Natalie Weir

Known as




Townsville Grammar School


1979 – 1982



Year 10 (1981) Seven Deadly Sins playing List.

Ballet of Hope dancer and Choreographer.

Year 11 (1982) School: I want to get out as one of twelve unnamed students.


Year 8 (1979) Jnr Debating Team

Year 11 (1982) Snr Debating Team


Year 9 (1980) Yr 9 Dance Duo


Year 9 (1980) Yr 9 Singing Group

Year 10 (1981) School Choir

Year 11 (1982) Senior Chior

Chorography & Artistic Director Credits


1994 -

Queensland Ballet – Resident Choreographer.


Dark Lullaby (The Australian Ballet)


Jigsaw (Expressions Dance Company).

2000 -

Australian Ballet – Resident Choreographer.


Mirror Mirror (The Australian Ballet).

In a Whisper (Houston Ballet)


Carmina Burana (The Australian Ballet)

Steppenwolfe (Houston Ballet)


Turnandot (Hong Kong Ballet)

Madame Butterfly (Hong Kong Ballet)

Dark Lullaby (Singapore dance Theatre).

Heaven (American Ballet Theatre)

Ethan Stiefel (American Ballet Theatre)


The Host (Houston Ballet)


Jigsaw (Expressions Dance Company).


Icarus (Tanzcompagnie Giessen)


Jabula (American Ballet Theatre & Royal Ballet School))


Wuthering Heights (Queensland Ballet)


Petroushka (Queensland Ballet)


In Her Footsteps ((Tasdance)


Lacrimosa (West Australia Ballet)


Orpheus (Queensland Ballet)

2009 - 2018

Artistic Director (Australian Expressions Dance Company (now Australian Dance Collective).


Synergy Session (Queensland Ballet)

Bespoke (Queensland Ballet)




Choo San Goh Award for Steppenwolfe.

Australian Council Fellowship.


Australian Dance nominations and awards.


2 x Helpmann awards (Choreography) including ‘Best Australian Choreographer.


Natalie is a direct descendant of Thankful Willmett one of the driving forces behind the formation of Townsville Grammar School in the 1880’s. W Willmett, one of Thankfuls sons was one of the 23 initial enrolments in 1888.

Natalie began her dance career at the age of 5, in Townsville, with Ann Roberts and performed with her ballet company (now Dance North).

Attended Kelvin Grove College (now QUT) where she earned an Associate Diploma in Performing Arts.

She studied under Maggi Sietsma before moving to Sietsma Expressions Dance Company as a founding member.

She was offered her first choreography commission at the age of 18.

Natalie is internationally renowned for her physical partner work. Her organic movement style and her touching insight into humanity.

She has choreographed well of 150 pieces and is perhaps Australia’s most lauded choreographers. She is in demand both locally and overseas.


Bonus Intra Melior Exi
North Ward Campus

45 Paxton Street
North Ward Qld 4810

4722 4900

(Years 7-12 Day & Boarding)

Annandale Campus

1 Brazier Drive
Annandale Qld 4814

4412 4800

(Pre-Prep to Year 6)

North Shore Campus

North Shore Boulevard
Burdell Qld 4818

4412 6600

(Pre-Prep to Year 6)