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From Commercials to Film, Caleb McClure Continues to Dazzle Audiences!
From starring in major film and television productions to taking an active role in his community as Don't Bully Ambassador, Caleb McClure is one of our favorite Australian stars!

Born in Sydney, Australia actor Caleb McClure's life in the spotlight was jumpstarted at the age of 4 when he began landing high profile modeling jobs for Elle Magazine, the popular Aussie department store David Jones and others.

With a loveable face and magnetic personality, McClure would spend the next few years working as a commercial actor in national advertisements for major brands including Master Electricians, Nissan X Trail, Target, Brisbane Racing Club, Skwirk, Jump Factory Trampoline Park in Melbourne and others. However, once he tried his hand at character work and began taking on leading roles in narrative film and television projects including Where is Mum?, Taking Flight, From a View, Icarus and others, it became clear that McClure's talent extended far beyond just being a cute commercial face.

McClure's range as an actor is astonishing, especially when considering his age. While he is now in his early teens, he began his acting career in the film and television industry when he was barely 8-years-old, and his craft has only gotten stronger with age. His performances on screen over the last seven years have revealed him as someone with an understanding of the human psyche that is well beyond his years.

About acting, McClure admits, "I absolutely love it and the feeling I get when I'm on set is like my own little world that I can transform."

In 2012 McClure was featured on the popular Australian talk show Planet unEarth, a comedy show that kept viewers up to date with some of the best talents in the Australian entertainment industry. Hosted by Lisa Emanuel (Underbelly, Let Me Not, Neighbours), if McClure wasn't already on everyone's radar prior to being interviewed on Planet unEarth, then he definitely was after.

Audiences across Australia and abroad will recognize McClure from his performances in a plethora of award winning films and television shows including his role as Ollie in the series Underbelly, which garnered an impressive 27 awards over the course of its six season run, Young Sylas in the 2013 film Arrival, which won the awards for Best Drama, Best Actor, Best Sound and Music, and Best Production at the 2014 Connect Film Festival (AUS), and most recently, Nick Conigrave in the dramatic film Holding the Man, which received the Australian Writer's Guild's Augie Award in addition to eight nominations for other prestigious awards.

Showcasing McClure's unequivocal talent for bringing deeply dramatic and troubled characters to life as the younger brother of the film's main character Tim Conigrave (played by Ryan Corr), Holding the Man, which was released in Australia earlier this year did exceedingly well at the box office coming in at no. 7 as one of the highest grossing films at the Australian box office this year according to Variety.

Earlier this year McClure also took on the role of The Urchin, a devious street kid in the film I Am Evangaline, which received the Best Cinematography Award at the Sydney Indie Film Festival and the award for Best Use of the Guerilla Aesthetic at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival earlier this year.

McClure's place in the public eye has also given a platform to speak out for things that he believes in, and he has altruistically used this to become deeply involved in the international community that has risen up in recent years to combat bullying.

In 2014McClure became an Australian Junior Ambassador for the Don't Bully organization, a non-profit organization that was founded in 2009 and seeks to spread awareness and educate current and future generations about the fact that bullying other people is not ok.

McClure says, "Don't Bully is very important to me… unfortunately there are some people who treat others with no compassion, kindness or respect, they also humiliate and berate people to the point of depression, which can cause suicidal thoughts… we as a society need to stand up and speak out for the silent, for those who do not have the strength or courage to stand up for themselves."

Outside of having a successful acting career, and doing his part to better the world, McClure is just a regular kid. He admits, "While the film industry is incredibly hard and demanding, I have courage and inspiration to carry me through. In my spare time I love bike riding and being outdoors, and these things bring balance to my otherwise demanding schedule."

International audiences will be able to catch the extremely talented performer in the upcoming film The Legend of Ben Hall, where he takes on the critical role of Frederick Nelson. The film, which was directed by Matthew Holmes (Twin Rivers, The Artifice, Crooked) is due to hit theatres in Australia in 2016 and also stars Andy McPhee from the films Saving Mr. Banks, Wolf Creek and The Condemned, and Callan McAuliffe from the films The Great Gatsby, The Stanford Prison Experiment and Beneath the Harvest Sky.

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