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Dacre Montgomery Biography

Dacre Montgomery

Biography


Height
5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Biography
Dacre was born in 1994 in Perth, Western Australia. His mother is Australian-Canadian and his father is a New Zealander. At the time of his birth both of his parents were working in the film industry and he spent many hours during his childhood on film sets where he developed a love of acting. At the age of 10 he had his first role as an extra in a short film and decided that he would pursue a career as an actor. He began comprehensive acting classes at the age of 12 with a local training school and also with a theatre company and throughout this period was often working in advanced class groups where he was exposed to working and training alongside young adults. Dacre was accepted into a specialist visual and performing arts program after a competitive audition process when he entered Mount Lawley Highschool. Throughout his high school years he took part in many school productions and also attended acting workshops at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) located at the Edith Cowan University campus in Perth. When Dacre graduated from high school he received an "Oscar" statuette after having been nominated the best actor at the school during his 5 years there and he became determined to successfully audition to enter the Bachelor of Performing Arts program at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Dacre has always admired Hugh Jackman, who graduated from WAAPA and lived in Perth during his years at University. He has also has great admiration for Heath Ledger, who grew up in Perth and who inspired him to believe that he too could make it all the way to Hollywood.

After a grueling audition process Dacre was accepted into WAAPA to undertake his 3 year Bachelor of Arts in Acting. He graduated with his degree in 2015 on the day of his 21st birthday and knew within weeks that he would be filming 3 projects (A Few Less Men, Safe Neighbourhood and Power Rangers) over the next 6 months.


Trivia
  • Even though it was filmed in his homeland of Australia, Better Watch Out (2016) marked his acting debut in an American film, as well as his first major film credit.
  • Based some of his performance as Billy in Stranger Things (2016 - ) on his own experiences being bullied in school.
  • Has a sister.
  • As a teenager, he was overweight and was often picked on because of it.
  • Is descended from Charles II of England (1630-1685), who was King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, from 1660 to 1685, and King of Scotland, from 1649 to 1651. This descent is through Charles' daughter, Anne Lennard, Countess of Sussex. Actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are also descended from Charles II.
  • His name, Dacre, is after his descent, on his mother's side, from the Barons Dacre of England (a Baronship that traces back to 1321, when Ralph Dacre became Lord Dacre).
  • First name pronounced ''day-ker''.
  • He has dual Australian and Canadian citizenship.
  • Quotes
  • We'd be doing parkour on my high school roof; we'd get in trouble. But I was never a reckless kid.
  • I was really fat in school.
  • My mum didn't really let me watch TV until I was about 5 years old.
  • I didn't have any friends. I was bullied. I didn't play sports.
  • I have so much drive and passion for this industry and the creative arts, and I want other kids to have that kind of drive, and to have a fire in their belly for whatever industry that they want to get into.
  • I was a really big kid.
  • I wasn't a good kid in school. I wasn't a bad kid. I just didn't focus. My grades weren't good. I mucked around, you know, a phase everyone went through.
  • After Year 12, I went to Vancouver for my gap year and met an agent who told me to lose 25 kg.
  • My parents worked in the film industry, but they both worked behind the camera, so I like to think that I have a really good understanding of how all the parts of the puzzle come together to make a film or TV show.
  • I came from drama school, and it's a group of 18 people working together in every single production and splitting up the roles for three years, so I am very much about the team.
  • I was into Batman. I was into Spider-Man.
  • It's not just the actor in front of the camera. And it's important to have respect for all those people that work behind the camera.
  • I am the biggest geek and fan of film and TV, and I just go through phases.
  • Growing up, I was into 'Power Rangers.'
  • It sounds super cliche, but my sister is 12 years younger than me, and I remember when I was there holding her in my arms for the first time. And that kind of responsibility you feel when you hold a child in your arms.
  • I have a confession... I don't eat Vegemite, which probably makes me "unaustralian".



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