Thea McLeod Neighbors Talent Scout Launches New Office on Gold Coast

Queensland’s shares as Australia’s film capital were boosted as leading talent scout opens new office on the Gold Coast – and she’s determined to find the next international star

One of Australia’s top talent scouts departs from Melbourne’s closed humdrum and hunts for Australia’s next international star in Queensland.

Thea McLeod, who runs casting agency McLeod Casting, has opened an office in Australia’s Gold Coast film center.

The move comes as blockbuster productions continue to lead Down Under, with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars calling Australia home for much of the pandemic.

Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast has been a major hub of Hollywood productions, with the Untitled Elvis Biopic, Aquaman and Godzilla vs Kong some of the most recent blockbusters filmed there.

Thea McLeod, who runs casting agency McLeod Casting, has opened an office in Australia’s Gold Coast film center

Thea has been scouting talent for the long-running television soap Neighbors for 12 years and is responsible for tracking down some of Australia’s most promising talents.

Felix Mallard, who last starred in the Netflix hit Ginny and Georgia, has launched his career in Los Angeles after a three-year stint with Neighbours.

Thea feels “a bit of a proud mother” watching the soap’s young stars make the leap into the US market, and she has no doubts that she will unearth more stars on the Gold Coast.

Margot Robbie, who also got her start on Neighbours, was a Gold Coast girl who moved to Melbourne when she was just 17 after being cast as Donna Freedman in 2008.

Felix Mallard, who last starred in the Netflix hit Ginny and Georgia, has launched his career in Los Angeles after a three-year stint with Neighbours.

Felix Mallard, who last starred in the Netflix hit Ginny and Georgia, has launched his career in Los Angeles after a three-year stint with Neighbours.

Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast has been a major hub of Hollywood productions, with the Untitled Elvis Biopic, Aquaman (pictured), and Godzilla vs Kong some of the most recent blockbusters filmed there

Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast has been a major hub of Hollywood productions, with the Untitled Elvis Biopic, Aquaman (pictured), and Godzilla vs Kong some of the most recent blockbusters filmed there

“They are thirsty to work,” Thea said of artists from Queensland. “They have such a good attitude there and I think there is a lot of untapped talent.”

Her focus will be on casting international productions on the Gold Coast, given the sheer volume of Hollywood films shot from Queensland and nearby Byron Bay.

“It’s a great place to be now, there is so much work and the Covid situation is clearly not the same as in Melbourne or Sydney,” said Thea.

Former Neighbors and Pawno actor Brad McMurray will head the Queensland office.

Margot Robbie, who also got her start on Neighbours, was a Gold Coast girl who moved to Melbourne at 17 after being cast as Donna Freedman in 2008.

Margot Robbie, who also got her start on Neighbours, was a Gold Coast girl who moved to Melbourne at 17 after being cast as Donna Freedman in 2008.

He recently cast Lunatics on Netflix and has over 15 years of experience excavating and coaching Queensland talent.

“McLeod Casting Queensland will be at the forefront of casting national and international films and television series coming to the Gold Coast,” he said.

Thea, meanwhile, remains at her base in Melbourne, where actors are currently going through their sixth Covid lockdown.

“When you’re working, you’re really lucky right now, but it’s still hard for artists here.”

godzilla vs.  Kong was one of the most recent productions filmed on the Gold Coast

Godzilla vs. Kong was one of the most recent productions filmed on the Gold Coast

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