“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. 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. Harvey was the Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre graduate ensemble member for 2018, performing there in Taylor Mac’s Hir (Dir: Daniel Clarke), Annie Baker’s The Antipodes (Dir: Ella Caldwell) and Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer (Dir: Stephen Nicolazzo).
Also in 2018, Harvey won a Casting Guild of Australia Rising Star Award, received an Ian Potter Foundation study grant to train at the HB Studio NYC in 2020, and was a Heath Ledger Scholarship top ten finalist.
In 2019, Harvey completed filming on both writer/director Katie Found’s feature film My First Summer and the Catherine Hardwicke directed U.S series Don’t Look Deeper, for Quibi. Harvey is a series lead, opposite Don Cheadle, Helena Howard, Kaiwi Lyman and Emily Mortimer. Harvey also starred in Gender Euphoria (co-creators Mama Alto and Maude Davey), for both Midsumma Festival and Melbourne International Arts Festival.
So far in 2020, Harvey has toured Gender Euphoria to Sydney for a Mardi Gras Festival Seymour Centre season and filmed a supporting role on a new ABC comedy series. Harvey is also developing a full-length solo stage show with the assistance of Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Arts Centre Melbourne Creative Producer/Programmer Daniel Clarke, based on his work in Gender Euphoria.
Other credits include: Get Krack!n S2 (ABC, Kate McLennan/Kate McCartney) ground-breaking documentary series You Can’t Ask That (ABC), 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.