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Thea Mcleod Neighbours talent scout launches new office on the Gold Coast

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Queensland’s stocks as the film capital of Australia bolstered as leading talent scout opens a new office on the Gold Coast – and she’s determined to find the next international star

One of Australia’s premier talent scouts is branching out from the locked down humdrum of Melbourne and on the hunt for Australia’s next international star in Queensland.

Thea McLeod, who runs casting agency McLeod Casting, has opened an office in Australia’s movie hub of the Gold Coast

The move comes as blockbuster productions continue to head 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 movie hub of the Gold Coast

Thea McLeod, who runs casting agency McLeod Casting, has opened an office in Australia’s movie hub of the Gold Coast

Thea has been scouting talent for long running television soap, Neighbours, for 12 years and is responsible for unearthing some of Australia’s most promising talent.

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

Thea feels ‘a little like a proud mum’ when she watches the young stars of the soap make the leap to the US market, and has no doubt she’ll 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 she was cast as Donna Freedman in 2008. 

Felix Mallard, who most recently starred in Netflix hit Ginny and Georgia, has launched his career in Los Angeles after a three-year stint on Neighbours

Felix Mallard, who most recently starred in Netflix hit Ginny and Georgia, has launched his career in Los Angeles after a three-year stint on 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’re thirsty to work,’ Thea said of Queensland artists. ‘They’ve got such a good attitude up there and I think there’s a lot of untapped talent.’

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Her focus will be on casting international productions on the Gold Coast given the sheer amount of Hollywood films being shot out of Queensland and nearby Byron Bay.

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

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

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

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

He most recently cast Lunatics on Netflix and has more than 15 years’ experience unearthing and coaching Queensland talent.

‘McLeod Casting Queensland will be at the front of casting national and international films and television series coming into the Gold Coast,’ he said.

Thea, meanwhile, will remain at her base in Melbourne, where actors are currently enduring their sixth Covid lockdown.

‘If you’re working, you’re really lucky at the moment, but things are still tough for performers 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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