Pilbara-raised actor picks up an AACTA
Karratha-raised actor Joel Jackson has topped off a year of breakthrough professional success with a national acting award for his star role in miniseries Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door.
Jackson was nominated twice for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards presented on December 9.
The other was for his Deadline Gallipoli role as war correspond- ent Charles Bean. The AACTA Awards are the new name for the Australian Film Institute Awards and celebrate the best of Australian feature films, short films, television programs and documentaries.
The nominations mean Jackson has earned national industry recognition for two out of only three screen acting roles so far in his career.
He thanked the Seven Network, his agent Morrissey Management, his family and friends in his acceptance speech. Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door and Deadline Gallipoli were two of the most-nominated shows in the AACTA awards’ television category, along with The Secret River, Redfern Now — Promise Me and Banished.
Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door collected five other awards on the night, including for Best Telefeature or Mini Series.
Deadline Gallipoli had two wins.
The other big AACTA winners were films Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dressmaker.
Joel Jackson with his AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama.