Amelia Dowd Harvey Zielinski actors transgender transman transmasculine LGBTQIA+ Heath Ledger Scholarship Casting Guild of Australia Rising Star Award Because the Night Laertes Malthouse Abel Don't Look Deeper Catherine Hardwicke Officer Jones My First Summer Katie Found Mollison Keightley Management Grandview You Can't Ask That

Amelia Dowd February 2021

“A joy to watch” – Time Out 

“Exceptional…” – Cinema Australia

“Achingly vulnerable…” The Age 

“Infinitely wise…” The Australian

“Remarkable work…” – Australian Arts Review

“Zielinski hovers quite perfectly between confidence and uncertainty” – In Review


Harvey Zielinski is a transgender actor, writer and advocate (he/him) based in Melbourne, Australia. He is represented by Mollison Keightley Management in Australia and Grandview in L.A. He holds O1 Visa status for the U.S.A. Harvey grew up in semi-rural Western Australia on an 11-acre property with his five siblings and began acting at eight years old.

Harvey graduated from The National Theatre Drama School in 2017, as their 2017 Cybec Foundation Scholarship recipient. Upon graduating, Harvey was immediately selected to be the Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre graduate ensemble member for 2018, performing there in Hir (Dir: Daniel Clarke), The Antipodes (Dir: Ella Caldwell) and Suddenly Last Summer (Dir: Stephen Nicolazzo). Also in 2018, Harvey won a Casting Guild of Australia Rising Star Award and was a Heath Ledger Scholarship top ten finalist.

Harvey plays series lead Abel in the Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) directed U.S sci-fi series, Don’t Look Deeper, opposite Don Cheadle, Helena Howard, and Emily Mortimer. Don’t Look Deeper premiered in July 2020. In 2021, Harvey played Laertes in Malthouse Theatre Company’s production Because the Night (Matt Lutton). Over the coming months, Harvey will shoot a lead role in a feature film, and a guest role for TV (details coming soon!). 

Other credits include Why Are You Like This (ABC), My First Summer (FF, Katie Found, STAN), the narration for audiobook Honeybee (by Craig Silvey, Harvey’s first audiobook narration and shortlisted for the 2021 ABIA Audiobook of the Year), The Performance (Audiobook – Claire Thomas), Watching (Audio-play, Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre), NAB – Story of Progress (Voice Over), Gender Euphoria (Mardi Gras Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Midsumma Festival), Get Krack!n S2 (ABC series, Kate McLennan/Kate McCartney) ground-breaking documentary series You Can’t Ask That (ABC), and Starting From…Now! (SBS/web-series, Dir: Julie Kalceff, over 160 million views worldwide).

Harvey has always balanced his love for acting with a love of writing, and he was thrilled to receive development assistance from the Australian Broadcasting Commission for his debut feature film screenplay. Harvey wants to continue to create original content that both speaks from and advocates for marginalised perspectives, and fights for the diversification of storytelling in Film and TV.

Harvey’s full CV can be found here:

Harvey on Casting Networks

Harvey on Showcast

Harvey on Actors Access (USA)

Harvey on Imdb


10 responses

  1. Just finished listening to Harvey’s narration of Honeybee and I’ve not loved being read to so much before in my life! He brought the characters to life so well. Thank you for the work you do.


  2. I have also just finished the audiobook Honeybee( 5 minutes ago) . I loved the book but I was so taken by the narration I just wanted to know who narrated the book! Your voice was I can’t describe, just so right for Sam. Thank you for the experience . Julie Fraser ( Perth WA)


  3. Your work on Honeybee is exactly why I prefer audio books. I could listen to your voice all day. The Aussie accent, the extended awkward adolescent pauses, the diction on point – I loved it. You really made Sam’s world cone to life. I hope you hear more of you.
    – Kellie (Qld)


  4. Absolutely agree with all the above comments. You really made the audiobook! I have such vivid pictures in my head of all the characters and their voices because of your work. Thankyou!


  5. I saw you in Because the Night a month ago and you were my absolute favourite amongst a stellar cast. My girlfriend went to Because the Night last weekend and I was so happy it was the same cast because we both shared the joy of you as Laertes, albeit separately. This evening, we were watching My First Summer and squealed in delight simultaneously when we recognised you – so much so, her cat leaped off the couch and didn’t appear till the end of the film. You are a fantastic artist and I look forward to seeing what you do next.


    • Thank you so much Andrea, this is such a lovely message to receive! I’m so happy to hear you both enjoyed Because the Night, thank you for coming ☺️❤️, it’s been such a joy to work on. See you in another foyer soon I hope!


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