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Luke Bracey with co-stars Susan Sarandon, Emma Roberts and Diane Keaton in the 2023 movie Maybe I Do.

From Bellevue Hill to the Hollywood Hills

Although Australia has long produced some global film industry heavy hitters, the path from Bellevue Hill to the Hollywood Hills is not a well-trodden path.

That’s what makes the journey of Luke Bracey (’07) such an inspiring one for young Scots boys in the dramatic arts.

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Luke Bracey alongside Austin Butler, Baz Luhrmann and Tom Hanks at the Premier of 'Elvis'

Profile: Luke Bracey

Hailing from Newport on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Luke was naturally talented and excelled in many facets of College life. On top of being a Prefect and the Armstrong House Captain, Luke was cox of the 1st VIII Rowing and halfback for the 1st XV Rugby in Years 11 and 12. He went on to play NSW Schoolboys Rugby and 1st Colts at Warringah Rugby Club after graduating.

Luke’s breakthrough on Australian TV came through Home and Away in 2009, but when the producers told him he could not come to the set with a black eye that was not there the day before, Luke knew it was time to give rugby away.

It was his performances in Home and Away that gained Luke his Hollywood debut in 2011, alongside American actors Selena Gomez and Leighton Meester, in the teen comedy Monte Carlo.

This role was enough for the 20 year old to pack everything up and move to Hollywood. Since then, Luke has consistently performed alongside the biggest names in Hollywood, including Vince Vaughn in Hacksaw Ridge, Reese Witherspoon in Little Fires Everywhere, Tom Hanks in Elvis and earlier this year, he starred alongside Richard Gere and Diane Keaton in the romantic comedy Maybe I Do.

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Luke stars with Reese Witherspoon in the 2020 drama miniseries 'Little Fires Everywhere'

In his short career, Luke has shown tremendous versatility as an actor, seamlessly going from action-packed blockbusters like the 2015 cult classic remake of Point Break to the romantic drama, The Best of Me, based on the The New York Times number one bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks.

Despite starring in major motion pictures with the incredible names listed above, Luke remains deeply connected to his Australian roots and Scots mates. He loves a surf whenever he is home and catching up with his old schoolmates at the pub.

Those who know Luke well, and have seen his long list of on‑screen accomplishments, will tell you he continues to put in stellar performances one after another, and in time will find himself on stage, come Hollywood award season.

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Bracey fires a pass from the base of a ruck in the 2007 1st XV match against Kings. Photo SPA Images

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