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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. 

Theatre:

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.

Music

https://music.apple.com/au/artist/ebony-buckle/417765952

https://www.ebonybuckle.com/music

https://www.youtube.com/@EbonyBuckleOfficial

Follow Ebony on insta @ebonybuckleofficial

Nathin BUTLER - Actor, Producer, Musician

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

General

Full Name

Nathin Art Butler

Known as

Nathin

Born

1985

Townsville Grammar School

Attended

1999 - 2002

 

Academics

Year 11 (2001) Prize for Drama and Academic Award

 

Drama

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)

Sports

Athletics

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

Cross-Country

Year 10 (2000) School Team

Basketball

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

 

2007

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

.

NCIS: Los Angeles as Kodiak

2010

The Pacific (mini-series), as Young Private

 

Hawaii 50 (TV series) as Nick Towne

2011/6

Winners and Losers (TV series) as Luke MacKenzie

2011/2

General Hospital (TV series), playing Ewen Keenan

Film Credits

 

2008

Australia, as Carney Boy

2008

Black Ballon, as Chris

2009

The Cut, as Toddy Barton

2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as Male Nurse

2013

Casual as Leon’s Friend

2011

Broken Spirits - cinematographer

2012

The Cage – producer & director

2015

Black November as Jack Rowlands (and others)

Director of Photography

2016

Drone Wars as Rhys

2016

Westworld, as Menacing Heavy

2017

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

2018

Along the Beds Edge Sitting as Toby and Producer

2020

The American King as Douglas

Music Credits

 

2013

Los Angeles Music Awards – Rising Star

Other

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 https://www.facebook.com/TownsvilleGrammarSchool/videos/400314860593802/

Video clip – Demo reel
https://www.imdb.com/video/vi4282696473/?playlistId=nm2530433&ref_=nm_pr_ov_vi

Follow Nathin on Insta @nathinbutler

Harriet DYER - Actor, Writer, Producer

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

General

Full Name

Harriet Dyer

Known as

Harriet

Nickname

Harri

Born

17/10/1988

Townsville Grammar School

Attended

2001 - 2005

 

Academics

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).

Theatre

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.

Music

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.

Debating

Year 9 (2002) Year 9 Debating Team.

Television Credits

 

2012

Micro-Nation (TV Mockumentary) as Emma Cosdosca

A Moody Christmas as Airport Girl

2013

Packer to the Rafters as Mandy

2014 - 2017

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

2014

Janet King (Australian Series) as Maya Blackley

2015/16 & 2018

No Activity (Australian Series) as April then Hazel

2016

Black Comedy

Rack as Star as Mannix

Hide and Seek as Dakota Matherson

2017 - 2019

The Other Guy as Stevie Nichols

2017

Sexy Herpes as Becky

The Letdown as Busy

Kiki and Kitty as Cherise

2019

The In Between as Cassie Bedford (NBC in USA)

2021 - 2023

American Auto as Sadie Ryan (NBC in USA)

2021

Wakefield as Genevieve

2022

Summer Love as Steph

2022 -

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

2024

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

 

2012

Meat the Parents (short film) as Sarah

Pacific Cove (short film) as Amber

2013

The Fragments as Harriet

2015

Ruben Guthrie as Virginia

2016

Downunder as Stacey

Killing Ground as Samantha ‘Sam Shaw

The Mother Situation (short film) as Katie

2019

The Way we Weren’t as Miss Darling

2020

Invisible Man As Emily Kass

Stage Credits

 

2012

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

 

2012

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

2015

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)

2016

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

2023

Logie, Won Most Outstanding Actress (Colin from Accounts)

2024

AACTA Awards, Best Comedy, with Patrick Brammall

Other

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s77Mub3mIrc

Follow Wade on insta  @wadeforstermusic

 

Remy HII - Actor, Musician, Photographer

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

General

Full Name

Remy Hii

Known as

Remy

AKA

Remy Hii

Born

24 July 1986, Kota Kinabula, Malaysia

Townsville Grammar School

Attended

1997 - 2001

 

Academics

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

 

2009

East of Everything

H2O: Just Add Water as bass Guitarist

2013

Betterman as Van Tuong Nguyen

2013 & 2014

Neighbours as Hudson Walsh

2014 - 2016

Marco Polo as Prince Jingham

2017

Sisters as Sam

2018 & 2019

Harrow as Simon Van Reyk

2019

Jane the Novella as Luen

2021

Aftertaste as Ben Zhao

Arcane as Enforcer/Sheriff Marcus

2023

Wellmania as Dalbert Tan

Film Credits

 

2009

Beyond Blood (short film) as Gabriel Troung

Maligayang Pasko (short film)

2010

Origami (short film) as boy

2011

Kiss (short film) as Tom

2012

Treading Water (short film) as Tom

2013

Mirrors (short film) as Manny

2017

2:22 as Benny

2018

Crazy Rich Asians as Alistair Cheng

2019

Spider-Man: Far from Home as Brad Davis

2021

The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star as Peter Maxwell

2022

The Party Job as Ben

Blaze as Psychiatric Nurse

2023

Scarygirl (voice actor) as Bunniguru

China Rich Girlfriend as Alistair

The Sloth Lane (voice actor) as Platy

Stage Credits

 

2007

The Estimator (Queensland Theatre Company)

2016

The Golden Age (Sydney Theatre Company)

Acting Awards

 

2014

Logie,  Most Outstanding Newcomer

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

Other

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)

General

Full Name

Natalie Weir

Known as

Natalie

Born

1967

Townsville Grammar School

Attended

1979 – 1982

 

Theatre

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.

Debating

Year 8 (1979) Jnr Debating Team

Year 11 (1982) Snr Debating Team

Dance

Year 9 (1980) Yr 9 Dance Duo

Choirs

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.

1998

Dark Lullaby (The Australian Ballet)

1999

Jigsaw (Expressions Dance Company).

2000 -

Australian Ballet – Resident Choreographer.

2000

Mirror Mirror (The Australian Ballet).

In a Whisper (Houston Ballet)

2001

Carmina Burana (The Australian Ballet)

Steppenwolfe (Houston Ballet)

2003

Turnandot (Hong Kong Ballet)

Madame Butterfly (Hong Kong Ballet)

Dark Lullaby (Singapore dance Theatre).

Heaven (American Ballet Theatre)

Ethan Stiefel (American Ballet Theatre)

2004

The Host (Houston Ballet)

2007

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).

2021

Synergy Session (Queensland Ballet)

Bespoke (Queensland Ballet)

Awards

 

2001

Choo San Goh Award for Steppenwolfe.

Australian Council Fellowship.

 

Australian Dance nominations and awards.

2011

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

Other

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)