Xavier Samuel

  • Birth Place: Victoria, Australia
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Grew up in Adelaide, a city in Australia.
  • Was the lead singer for the band Hyatus.
  • Played Hamlet in a graduate production at Flinders University Drama Centre in Adelaide.
  • Got his big break in the Australian TV series McLeod's Daughters in 2003.
  • Rose to fame playing Riley in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010).
  • Learned to surf for his role in Drift (2013).


  • 2018, AACTA Awards — Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama: Nominee


  • Maree Samuel — Mother
  • Clifford Samuel — Father
  • Bridget — Sister
  • Benedict Samuel — Brother


  • Flinders University Drama Centre, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (2005)
MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

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