Ticket to fame: Stars who gained their big breaks through re­al­ity TV shows.

A lucky few have man­aged to turn five min­utes of fame on re­al­ity TV into a per­ma­nent ca­reer. Kerry Har­vey pro­files some of them.

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For most re­al­ity stars, fame is fleet­ing. How­ever, there are some, such as Ki­wis Stan Walker and Michelle Ang, who have made the leap to act­ing suc­cess. While for­mer Aus­tralian The Bach­e­lor and Bach­e­lorette star Sam Frost caused an out­cry when she scored a plum per­ma­nent role on Home And Away, oth­ers have made the switch ap­par­ently ef­fort­lessly. Ad­mit­tedly, not all have been as suc­cess­ful as Emma Stone, Hol­ly­wood’s most highly paid ac­tress in 2017. Few peo­ple re­alise that the ac­tress, who won an Os­car for the movie La La Land, be­gan her ca­reer on the re­al­ity show In Search Of The Par­tridge Fam­ily. Closer to home, now New York-based Kiwi Michelle Ang, Emmy nom­i­nated for her role on the zom­bie drama spin-off Fear Of The Walk­ing Dead: Flight 462, started her ca­reer on the 90s re­al­ity se­ries Young En­ter­tain­ers. She went on to star in Neigh­bours, Out­ra­geous For­tune and Top Of The Lake be­fore mov­ing State­side where she has had roles in shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Drop Dead Diva and Riz­zoli & Iles. Mt Maun­ganui-raised Stan Walker, Aus­tralia Idol win­ner in 2009, has en­joyed con­sid­er­able suc­cess in the mu­sic in­dus­try but has also


The ac­tress who won an Os­car for the movie Dream Girls is yet an­other who started her ca­reer as an Amer­i­can Idol con­tes­tant. The 36-year-old en­ter­tainer has since ap­peared in more than a dozen movies and will next be seen play­ing Griz­abella in the big-screen adap­ta­tion of Cats.

proved his act­ing chops, mak­ing his screen de­but in the 2013 movie Mt Zion along­side Te­muera Mor­ri­son.

Since then, he has had roles in Hunt For The Wilder­peo­ple, pe­riod drama The Stolen and this year’s Aus­tralian com­edy Chas­ing Comets, which also stars for­mer Home And Away alumni Dan Ew­ing and Is­abel Lu­cas.

Here are some oth­ers who turned what could have been five min­utes of fame into a screen ca­reer ...


The for­mer The Bach­e­lor Aus­tralia star (left) is the new­est face in Ram­say Street. The 35-year-old one-time well­ness in­struc­tor has joined the cast of the Aus­tralian soap Neigh­bours, play­ing Pierce Greyson, a wealthy in­vestor with se­crets.


The one-time award-win­ning tele­vi­sion jour­nal­ist is a wo­man of many parts. Her most high-pro­file TV stint lately was on Real House­wives Of Auck­land, but she has made the switch from re­al­ity TV to drama sev­eral times in the past 20 years. Act­ing roles in Street Le­gal, Short­land Street and Agent Anna were in­ter­spersed with stints host­ing The Weak­est Link and time on Celebrity Trea­sure Is­land and The Ap­pren­tice NZ.


The 2006 run­ner-up in Aus­tralia Idol has forged a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in both mu­sic and act­ing. On the big screen, she has starred in Bran Nue Dae and The Sap­phires (above) while her tele­vi­sion work in­cludes the lead role in two sea­sons of the Aus­tralian drama The Se­cret Daugh­ter.


She be­came the first trans­gen­der per­son to be nom­i­nated for an Emmy Award with her role in Or­ange Is The New Black but her first screen out­ing was in the US re­al­ity se­ries I Want To Work For Diddy in which con­tes­tants com­peted to work for mu­si­cian Sean Combs.


The one-time Home And Away star be­gan his show-busi­ness ca­reer on The X Fac­tor Aus­tralia in 2011, fin­ish­ing in third place. He was luck­ier the fol­low­ing year when he won Danc­ing With The Stars Aus­tralia and then scored the role of Chris Har­ring­ton in Home And Away. His ca­reer is cur­rently on hold as he bat­tles a brain tu­mour.


This for­mer Aus­tralian model (left) made her tele­vi­sion de­but in the re­al­ity se­ries Real World: Lon­don in 1995, be­fore go­ing on to roles in movies in­clud­ing Brid­get Jones: The Edge Of Rea­son and Po­sei­don. Most re­cently she starred in the Net­flix se­ries Blood­line.


Few peo­ple prob­a­bly re­mem­ber it, but the Scor­pion ac­tress (right) first came to at­ten­tion when she fin­ished sec­ond in 2006’s Amer­i­can Idol. Her act­ing roles in­clude the movies House Bunny, Shark Night 3D and a lead role in the tele­vi­sion se­ries Smash as, iron­i­cally, a strug­gling ac­tress and singer claw­ing her way to suc­cess.


He played Coro­na­tion Street’s Ai­dan Con­nor for three years but this English­man was al­ready a well-known singer, hav­ing won the sec­ond se­ries of the British ver­sion of The X Fac­tor, and sub­se­quently reach­ing num­ber one in the UK sin­gles chart with his song That’s My Goal. He was equally suc­cess­ful as an ac­tor, win­ning a range of awards for his per­for­mance in the soap.

Michelle Ang and Jen­nifer Hud­son

Stan Walker in Mt Zion

Louise Wal­lace Lav­erne Cox

Shayne Ward

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