“A joy to watch” – Time Out
“His performance is remarkably complicated…” – KeithGow.com
“Adorable and relatable…” – Daily Review
“Exceptional…” – Cinema Australia
“Achingly vulnerable…” – The Age
“Infinitely wise…” – The Australian
“Remarkable work…” – Australian Arts Review
“A dignified performance with heart and dimension” – Theatre Press
“Zielinski hovers quite perfectly between confidence and uncertainty” – In Review
Harvey Zielinski is a transgender actor (he/him) based in Melbourne Australia and Los Angeles. He is represented by Mollison Keightley Management in Australia and Grandview in L.A. He holds O1 Visa status in the U.S.A.
Harvey grew up in Western Australia with his five siblings, on an 11-acre horse property. He began acting at age 8 and moved to Sydney to further pursue it at 18.
Harvey graduated from The National Theatre Drama School in 2017, as their 2017 Cybec Foundation Scholarship recipient. Immediately after graduating, Harvey was cast in Taylor Mac’s Hir at Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre (Dir: Daniel Clarke). After being cast in Hir, Harvey was also selected to be Red Stitch’s 2018 Graduate Ensemble Member (performing for Red Stitch again in Annie Baker’s The Antipodes (as Josh, Dir: Ella Caldwell), and Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer (as George Holly, Dir: Stephen Nicolazzo). In 2018 Harvey also guested on ABC comedy TV series Get Krack!n, was a Heath Ledger Scholarship top ten finalist, received a grant from the Ian Potter Trust (to assist in undertaking a 6-week Summer Intensive at the HB Studio in NYC) and won a Casting Guild of Australia Rising Star Award.
So far in 2019, Harvey has performed at The Arts Centre Melbourne in Gender Euphoria (co-creators Mama Alto and Maude Davey), and completed filming on writer/director Katie Found’s feature film My First Summer, alongside Markella Kavenagh, Maiah Stewardson and Steve Mouzakis.
Other credits include: ground-breaking ABC documentary series You Can’t Ask That (ABC network), Some Happy Day (FF, Dir: Catherine Hill), Starting From…Now! (SBS/web, Dir: Julie Kalceff, over 100 million views worldwide), Zoe.Misplaced (FF, Dir: Mekelle Mills), Coming Home (SF, Dir: Summer Deroche) and 186,000 by MKA: Theatre of New Writing (Dir: Kerith Manderson-Galvin).
Harvey’s life’s work and passion is acting; he is rapidly forming part of the ever-improving representation of transgender characters and stories, and is a public advocate for the continuation of this work.