“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 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 chosen to be Red Stitch’s 2018 Graduate Ensemble Member, performing there again in Annie Baker’s The Antipodes (Dir: Ella Caldwell) and Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer (Dir: Stephen Nicolazzo).
Also in 2018, Harvey guested on ABC comedy series Get Krack!n (Kate McLennan, Kate McCartney), 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.
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. Gender Euphoria will return to The Arts Centre for Melbourne Festival 2019. 2019 also marked Harvey’s first U.S job, he has completed filming as a series lead in the Catherine Hardwicke directed series Don’t Look Deeper, for Quibi. Don Cheadle, Helena Howard and Emily Mortimer also star.
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.