The Courier-Mail

EMERGING ACTORS VIE FOR LEDGER’S LEGACY

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ONE of these Australian actors has the potential to be our next big Hollywood star.

That is according to industry heavyweigh­ts Vince Vaughn, Rose Byrne and Ben Mendelsohn.

The judges have selected 20 up-and-coming actors to battle it out for the coveted annual Heath Ledger Scholarshi­p at tomorrow night’s glitzy Australian­s In Film event in Los Angeles.

Stars of some of Australia’s biggest television dramas, including Wentworth, A Place To Call Home, Home and Away and Puberty Blues, made the shortlist, including Joel Jackson, Matt Levett, Geraldine Viswanatha­n, Harry Richardson, Millie Samuels, Mojean Aria and TJ Power.

The scholarshi­p is intended to foster the education and career developmen­t of Australian actors in the US.

Flying the Queensland flag is young actor Lily Sullivan (pictured) who featured in Puberty Blues and Mental. Being awarded this prestigiou­s gong has the potential to open doors and give the winner a leg up in the notoriousl­y fickle US market. Other nominees include Ashleigh Cummings, Arianwen ParkesLock­wood, David Berry and Shareena Clanton.

Previous winners include Cody Fern, James Mackay, Anna McGahan, Ryann Corr and Bella Heathcote.

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