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Antony Starr
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Starr in 2012
Born (1975-10-25) 25 October 1975 (age 47)
Wellington, New Zealand
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present

Antony Starr (born 25 October 1975) is a New Zealand actor, known for his television roles. He played the dual roles of Jethro and Van West on Outrageous Fortune (2005–10), Lucas Hood on Banshee (2013–16), and Homelander on The Boys (2019–present).

For his role in the 2012 Australian film Wish You Were Here, Starr won the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, among other accolades. He was nominated for the New Zealand Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in After the Waterfall (2010).


Starr began his professional acting career early in the 1990s with a small part in Shortland Street and had guest roles in Xena: Warrior Princess.

In 2001, Starr was cast in Mercy Peak as Todd Van der Velter, a guest role that he had throughout the show's three seasons. He also received a role as the brother of long running character Waverley Wilson in the soap opera Shortland Street. He appeared for several weeks as part of the write out of the Minnie Crozier character. Starr stated he did not like the fast pace of the show and thought his performances suffered because of it.

Since then, Starr's television credits have included a core cast role in kids' series Hard Out and guest roles in P.E.T. .....

Playing twins Van and Jethro West won Starr the 2007 Air New Zealand Screen Award for Performance by an Actor, the award for Best Actor at the Qantas Television Awards and Best Actor at the Asian TV Awards in the same year. Readers of the TV Guide also voted Starr Best Actor in the 2007 TV Guide Best on the Box People's Choice Awards. In 2005, he was named Best Actor at the inaugural Qantas Television Awards for his role in Outrageous Fortune.

During the production of the first series of Outrageous Fortune, Starr also juggled filming for Toa Fraser's debut feature, No. 2 which was released in New Zealand in early 2006. Starr's other film credits include Roger Donaldson's The World's Fastest Indian, the US comedy feature Without a Paddle and Brad McGann's feature film In My Father's Den. Between series two and three of Outrageous Fortune, Starr worked on a collaborative short film with some friends.


Between filming Outrageous Fortune seasons five and six, Starr starred in feature film After the Waterfall and the telefeature Spies and Lies.

In 2011, Starr joined the cast of the Australian police drama Rush, playing Senior Sergeant Charlie Lewis. He will also have a role in the second series of Lowdown.

From 2013 to 2016, Starr starred in the television series, Banshee, his first role on U.S. television. He played an unnamed ex-con who, after 15 years in prison, assumes the identity of Lucas Hood, becoming the new Sheriff of Banshee. Trying to reconnect with his former lover, Anastasia, both learn that he "has become a distant (violent) version of the man he once was". The show's fourth and final season began in April 2016. Also in 2016, Starr portrayed main character Garrett Hawthorne on the CBS crime/mystery series American Gothic.

In January 2018, it was announced that Starr was cast as The Homelander in The Boys, Amazon Studios' adaptation of the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic book of the same name. Season one was released in July 2019 and season two was released in September 2020. Season three was released in June 2022. In the series he plays opposite Karl Urban who is also from New Zealand. "We've got an American show with a Kiwi playing an all-American hero psychopath and another Kiwi playing an Englishman. It's a pretty bizarre mix-up," said Starr.

Personal life

On 4 March 2022, it was reported that Starr was arrested in Alicante, Spain after assaulting a 21-year old chef at a local pub. He was sentenced to a 12-month suspended prison sentence and paid $5,530 in restitution to avoid prison time.



Year Title Role Notes
2004 In My Father's Den Gareth
Without a Paddle Billy Newwood
2005 The World's Fastest Indian Jeff
2006 No. 2 Shelly
2010 After the Waterfall John Drean
2012 Wish You Were Here Jeremy King
2019 American Sausage Standoff Mike Dankworth McCoid
TBA Cobweb Mark
TBA Untitled Guy Ritchie film Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Xena: Warrior Princess Mesas Episode: "Hooves and ..."
1996 David Episode: "The Giant Killer"
2000–2002 Shortland Street Stratford Wilson Guest role
2000 Street Legal Darren
2001–2003 Mercy Peak Todd Van der Velter Recurring role (21 episodes)
2003 Terror Peak Jason
Hard Out Stevo
Skin & Bone Seymour Collins Lead role, Television film
2004 ... Dean Crocker 1 episode
Not Only But Always LA Cab Driver Television film
2005–2010 Outrageous Fortune Jethro West and Van West Main role
2008 The Jaquie Brown Diaries Himself Episode: "Brown Love"
2010 Spies and Lies Sydney Ross Television film
2011 Rush Charlie Lewis Main role (season 4)
Bliss Tom Mills Television film
2012 Tricky Business Matt Sloane Main role
Lowdown Stuart King 5 episodes
2013–2016 Banshee John " Lucas Hood" Smith Lead role, 38 episodes
2013–2014 Banshee Origins Two-part television film
2016 American Gothic Garrett Hawthorne Main role
2019–present The Boys John Gillman / Homelander Main role, 24 episodes
2020 Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun Stray Man Episode: "Housemates"
2022 The Boys Presents: Diabolical John Gillman / Homelander (voice) 2 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2021 Vought News Network: Seven on 7 with Cameron Coleman John Gillman / Homelander Guest role; web series promoting The Boys

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2006 Air New Zealand Screen Awards Performance by an Actor Outrageous Fortune Nominated
2007 Air New Zealand Screen Awards Best Actor in a TV Drama Won
2007 NZ TV Guide Best on the Box People's Choice Awards Best Actor Won
2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards Performance by an Actor in General Television Won
2009 Qantas Film and Television Awards Performance by an Actor in General Television Nominated
2011 Aotearoa Film & Television Awards Best Performance by an Actor Spies And Lies Nominated
Aotearoa Film & Television Awards Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film After the Waterfall Nominated
2012 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Supporting Actor Wish You Were Here Won
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Won
2021 Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Actor in a Superhero Series The Boys Won
Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Villain in a Series Won
2022 Saturn Awards Best Actor in a Streaming Series Nominated

See also

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